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Mechanical Engineer I/II/III - Production


Sutherland, NE, US, 69165-2134

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has an immediate opening for a Engineer I/II/III - Production located at Gerald Gentleman Station in Sutherland.  Position closes January 18, 2022 at 11:59 pm Central Time. 


Position Summary

Entry-level position with assignments designed to develop general knowledge of professional engineering practice in the electric utility industry and introduce customer/supplier communication skills.


The incumbent has responsibilities, including daily support for Operations and Maintenance, trending system performance and initiating actions to restore/improve system performance and reliability, troubleshooting off-normal system conditions, failure and root cause analysis, evaluating proposed configuration changes, recommendations to maintain asset value, and coordinating maintenance-related projects.


Engineer (Level I) 

Entry level position with assignments designed to develop general knowledge of professional engineering practice in the electric utility industry and introduce customer/supplier communication skills.


Engineer (Level II) 

Second level position with assignments designed to develop competent technical knowledge within an engineering discipline, develop customer relations skills, and introduce project management skills.


Engineer (Level III) 

A fully competent engineer in conventional aspects within the specific discipline with expertise in specific areas of past assignments. Assignments designed to expand the areas of expertise within the discipline, develop project management skills, and develop a general knowledge of other disciplines.


Level I to Level III Engineer is considered a progression and is approved by the appropriate manager.

NOTE: The level assigned to the successful candidate will be determined by the candidate's skills and ability.

Education, Training and Experience

Bachelor of science degree or higher in engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited university or college or Professional Engineering license obtained by accredited examination.

Previous generating facility is desired, but not required.

Licenses and/or Certifications

Not Applicable

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Applies standard engineering practices and techniques, utilizing prescribed methods in carrying out a sequence of related engineering tasks.


Judgment is required on details of work such as correlating data and recognizing discrepancies in results.


Communicates with Operations/Craft personnel and vendors.


Performance of a variety of specific tasks within each of the primary responsibility:

A general understanding of the process involved

A general understanding of the electric utility industry

The ability to manage personal performance

General understanding of economic/accounting principles

Prepare design calculations

Obtain field data

Utilize drawings

Develop design requirements

Prepare design calculations

Develop drawings and material lists.

Develop request for quotation:

Coordinate with procurement departments;

Develop cost estimates.


Modification or new design projects activities and associated skills which are required to design and implement new construction projects or modifications to existing equipment or systems.


Support operations and maintenance activities and associated skills which are required to provide technical support to the operation and maintenance of existing equipment or systems; troubleshooting, inspection and testing performance.

Accountable for other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

Customer Focus
Employees & Teamwork/Diversity & Inclusion
Public Service/Environmental Stewardship

Salary Information - Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary with opportunities for growth. 

Engineer Level I-Exempt pay grade 12: $5,893-$7,443 Monthly     

Engineer Level II-Exempt pay grade 13: $6,609-$8,348 Monthly

Engineer Level III-Exempt pay grade 14: $7,516-$9,679 Monthly


Travel Required: Up to 25% (With no or minimal overnight stays, less than 3 per month, typically within state of Nebraska)  Travel required may fluctuate by business need. This is an estimate and will be discussed further with candidates that receive an interview.

Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary and an excellent benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401K retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid medical, training opportunities and more.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Human Resources at Nebraska Public Power District.

Nebraska Public Power District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer who values the contributions of its diverse work force. We are only legally able to hire persons who are 1) a United States citizen or national, 2) a lawful permanent resident of the United States, or 3) an alien legally authorized to work in the United States.

Hiring Philosophy
Federal EEO
E-Verify Participant
Right to Work
Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision