Working Here

Working Here

Few services touch consumer’s lives like electricity. As the state’s largest generating utility, we understand how the services we provide impacts the livelihood of our customers. It’s a big responsibility, and our people make it happen.

More than two thousand devoted Nebraskans leverage their skills, talents, ideas and enthusiasm to provide our customers with reliable, low-cost energy and outstanding customer service. We work together to create a dynamic, healthy and safe work environment where diversity is valued, individuals are respected, and where innovation and teamwork are recognized and rewarded.

We follow the highest standards in achieving our goals and maintaining our reputation as the preeminent and trusted energy provider to Nebraskans.

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Interested in knowing what it’s really like to work at Nebraska Public Power District? Read what our teammates have to say…

Steven — Surveyor

Steven

“I’d say the most rewarding part of my job is just being able to work for everyone in the State of Nebraska.”

Steven, Surveyor

Why did you choose a career with NPPD?
At the time that my position came open, I wasn’t really looking for another job. My cousin worked with one of my now co-workers along the way and that co-worker ended up at NPPD. He had mentioned to my cousin that NPPD was looking for a surveyor so I took a look at the position. I had surveyed four years for a private engineering firm after college and then switched over to the utility construction industry for 1.5 years when this job opened. At that time I was working an average of 60 hours-per-week with no benefits, vacation or any of the things we take for granted. When I interviewed for the job and saw what they had to offer me, I knew it was my chance to get back into surveying and to better my life with a great company. It was a no-brainer.

What part of your job is most rewarding?
I’d say the most rewarding part of my job is just being able to work for everyone in the State of Nebraska. We all enjoy the day-to-day work and take pride in what we do, but I think most of us who work in the field really take pride in what we do when there is a storm and everyone is looking at us to do our best work possible to get their power restored as quickly and safely as possible.

Can you walk us through your typical work day?
My typical work day varies a bunch working for NPPD. We have three field surveyors, with two working out of Columbus and one out in Kearney, to cover the whole state so we stay busy and cover a lot of ground. I tend to float between helping both locations depending on what our work load is.

My day usually starts off with checking emails in the office or meeting a co-worker at a local office or heading straight to a project from the hotel if I’m working out of town for the week. If I’m in the office all day, I’m usually working on AutoCAD drawings, processing data from previous field projects or meeting with engineers to discuss future projects. On days we go to the field from Columbus, it means heading downstairs from my second floor cubicle to the garage area to grab my work truck and load any materials and equipment we may need. Once we are loaded up, we head to the project.

Our projects vary greatly, and, as I mentioned earlier, could be anywhere in the state. When you get Christmas cards from a hotel, you know you stayed there too many times that year! We survey anything from new powerlines to refurbs on existing powerlines. We do similar work for substations also. We also do monitoring surveys at our hydro facilities and dam structures. We work at our various power plants to do different projects, at their request, and we do a lot of work with our canal systems that serve GGS or various irrigation needs.

Another project that we usually have that starts around harvest time until spring planting is doing clearance checks on various powerlines across the state. These are done to make sure that landowners and especially farmers have enough ground clearance under a powerline’s conductors to safely do their work. As our linemen patrol or check our powerlines they also come up with pivots where there might be a clearance issue with our line.

That’s a good portion of what we do, but I’m sure I missed things, still, and we even get new requests for work that we’ve never done before. Like, can you guys tell me how plumb a wind turbine tube is? The variety that we have for field work to do makes for a far more enjoyable day than sitting in a cubicle all day long!

From your experience, what makes NPPD’s employee benefits package different from other companies?
I’d say probably one of the biggest differences is that we have a 2 to 1 match on our 401K. NPPD also does pretty good on our vacation and medical leave accrual time and depending on where you come from our health insurance beats most places, too.

If you were asked why someone should apply or come work for NPPD, what would you say?
NPPD is a great place to work with great pay and benefits and long term stability. There are plenty of opportunities to advance within the company or even move

Ashley — Chemistry Technician

Ashley

“NPPD is interested in finding out where you fit, the best role for you, and it is a place where everyone has an important role across the District.”

Ashley, Chemistry Technician

Why did you choose a career with NPPD?
I was interested in NPPD as it is a public power company versus privately owned. Public power utilities are non-profit, community-owned and locally operated electric systems that typically provide lower electric rates and better service to customers.

What part of your job is most rewarding?
I find my job rewarding because the chemistry analyses of reactor and plant systems that are performed are directly reflected in current day-to-day plant status. From monitoring our environmental impact, our vessel integrity, to reducing workers’ dose, we are able to most efficiently generate electricity, safely and reliably. Receiving training plays a large role in my job, and this provides for constant learning opportunities that can both be challenging and rewarding.

Can you walk us through your typical day at work?
No work day is exactly the same. A typical day starts with having a morning meeting as a chemistry department. We discuss plant status, job assignments, and anything that needs to be communicated. After the meeting, I go back to the office and prepare for the day’s work and attend any pre-job briefs. Certain jobs have scheduled times, but other tasks allow me to be flexible and self-motivated throughout the day to sample, analyze in the lab, and get my assigned work done.

From your experience, what makes NPPD’s employee benefits package different from other companies?
NPPD has a great 401k program and other competitive benefits such as paid vacation, holidays, medical leave, and more.

If you were asked why someone should apply or come work for NPPD, what would you say?
I would say that as a self-motivated individual there are great opportunities for professional development and career growth – opportunities for advancement as a career, not just a job. NPPD is interested in finding out where you fit, the best role for you, and it is a place where everyone has an important role across the District.

Scott — Telecommunications Technician

Scott

“In my experience, the one thing that makes NPPD’s employee benefits package different from other companies is the very generous 2:1 matching 401k retirement fund.”

Scott, Telecommunications Technician

Why did you choose a career with NPPD?
I chose a career with NPPD because of the reputation for stability that utilities are known for, the chance to work on a variety of advanced electronics systems like Two-Way Radio and IT Networks, the opportunities for training and advancement within NPPD. It was an opportunity to advance my skills, and I also appreciated the great benefits they provide.

What part of your job is most rewarding?
The part of my job that is the most rewarding is to work with customers to solve complex communications or networking problems so they can fulfill their mission to help NPPD safely generate and deliver reliable, low-cost, sustainable energy and provide outstanding customer service to people of rural Nebraska.

Can you walk us through your typical work day?
For me, every day is a little different. One day I may be installing a new phone for a new employee, helping a teammate determine why a server is having trouble communicating with the network, installing a Power Line Carrier protection system in a substation, or general, preventative maintenance on a Microwave system at one of our towers. In between, at any moment I could be called out by our Technical Operations Center to provide emergency repair to a critical communications circuit anywhere in our coverage area (Rising City to Bloomfield and South Sioux City to Valentine). The basic rule of thumb is to always be flexible and ready adjust my schedule to always be there when you need me.

From your experience, what makes NPPD’s employee benefits package different from other companies?
In my experience, the one thing that makes NPPD’s employee benefits package different from other companies is the very generous 2:1 matching 401k retirement fund.

If you were asked why someone should apply or come work for NPPD, what would you say?
If I were asked by someone why they should apply or come to work for NPPD, I would say that at NPPD you have the opportunity to work with great people, get paid well, are provided great benefits, can receive training to improve your career skills, and the ability to advance as far as you are willing to go.

Tiah — Nuclear Instructor

Tiah

“NPPD cares about you and your family, and in ways your co-workers become a second family.”

Tiah, Nuclear Instructor

Why did you choose a career with NPPD?
When I was preparing to graduate college and was attending multiple job interviews, NPPD was the best when it came to pay, benefits, and work hours. I had companies I interviewed with tell me they would not be able to compete with NPPD.

What part of your job is most rewarding?
When you see the lightbulb turn on, and you know the student gets it and will be successful performing the task in the field.

Can you walk us through your typical work day?
As an instructor you are either in the classroom or labs with your students or you are preparing classes. Preparation for classes could range from updating an existing lesson to writing a lesson from scratch, developing exams, building lab mockups, and gathering equipment necessary for labs.

From your experience, what makes NPPD’s employee benefits package different from other companies?
NPPD is always looking to improve benefits or ensure the benefits you have are competitive with the industry.

If you were asked why someone should apply or come work for NPPD, what would you say?
Within NPPD there is possibility for future career growth and personal development. NPPD cares about you and your family, and in ways your co-workers become a second family.

Brian — Environmental Specialist

Brian

“First and foremost, NPPD is a company that legitimately cares for its employees.”

Brian, Environmental Specialist

Why did you choose a career with NPPD?
Growing up, I had always been told NPPD was a fantastic company to work for. However, it wasn’t until I got to know some of the NPPD staff while working at a previous job that I realized how dedicated they were to their jobs, and they genuinely cared for the customers they served in Nebraska. When a position came open in the Environmental Department, I submitted my application. Through research of NPPD and my interview, I knew that this was the place that I wanted to be. Pay and benefits are excellent, but even more than that the supportive environment of NPPD immediately shows. Knowing that I would be working for a company that would not only support me but encourage me to grow in my position made the decision to work for NPPD an easy one.

What part of your job is most rewarding?
The most rewarding part of my job is the people that I work with. From the day that I first arrived, I felt like part of the NPPD family. Everyone in the Environmental Department knows they are on the same team, and it shows in the way they work together and support each other. I have always been encouraged to ask my co-workers for guidance, and they have always been eager to provide me with opportunities to learn – even when it may take more of their time. Having this level of support from co-workers, as well as all other departments within NPPD I have been able to work with, has been invaluable in helping me learn and grow in my position at NPPD.

Can you walk us through your typical work day?
I generally do not have a “typical work day” which was a big draw for me in my decision to work for NPPD in the Environmental Department. The Environmental Department oversees all aspects of environmental compliance for NPPD which means that we are always working on something new. During any given week, Environmental staff may be involved in fish tissue sampling, permitting, water sampling, exhaust stack testing, dam sluicing, coal ash storage, stormwater control, etc. The list goes on. The variety of projects that we work on means that I am always having new experiences and learning about new aspects of NPPD.

From your experience, what makes NPPD’s employee benefits package different from other companies?
NPPD has a great benefits package, including vacation, holidays, and medical leave benefits that match or exceed most companies. What really sets NPPD apart though is the retirement plan. A 2-to-1 match by NPPD for your 401(k) is a benefit that is rarely seen in business today. On top of that NPPD has excellent insurance options, including a wellness incentive program and term life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The NPPD benefits package is the best offering from an employer that I have experienced.

If you were asked why someone should apply or come work for NPPD, what would you say?
First and foremost, NPPD is a company that legitimately cares for its employees. I learned that on my first day in the office. NPPD considers its employees part of a “family,” and it really shows. On top of that, NPPD encourages its employees to learn and grow. A great example of that was my opportunity to attend a two-week leadership development workshop put on by NPPD. The presentations were fantastic, and the skills I learned from the workshop will be instrumental in my professional development. Finally, NPPD is stable. Stability in an employer is important to me. NPPD has been around since 1970, and although the world of energy generation has changed drastically since then, NPPD has shown that it can continue to adapt and stay ahead of the curve in ensuring that it continues to meet the needs of its customers.