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Apprentice Electronic Technician
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Minnkota Power | Grand Forks, ND
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Apprentice Electronic Technician

Minnkota Power is seeking qualified applicants for an Apprentice Electronic Technician to be located in Grand Forks, ND. This position is responsible for:

  • The layout, building, testing, troubleshooting and repairing of electronic components, parts equipment and systems such as computers and peripheral equipment, 2-way radio and microwave radio, telemetering, LAN/WAN network devices, multiplex equipment, tower light controllers, SCADA control, telephone equipment and test equipment.
  • This position applies principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing and physics.
  • Assembles experimental circuitry (breadboard) or complete prototype model according to engineering instructions, technical manuals and knowledge of electronic systems and components.
  • Evaluates performance and reliability of equipment.
  • Analyzes and interprets test data.
  • Installs, maintains and tests electrical control cables and fiber optic communication cables (single and multi-mode) and associated equipment. Installs, maintains and tests mobile radio and cellular equipment, including such applications as the company's fleet.

Individual must have completed a two-year electronic technology curriculum at a recognized trade school or have equivalent experience. Must be able to read and understand electrical diagrams, block diagrams, flow-charts and technical manuals.

Minnkota Power Cooperative is an EEO/AAP/Female/Minority/Disabled/Vets Employer

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About Minnkota Power

Minnkota also owns and operates a second wind turbine located on a ridge three miles east of Petersburg, North Dakota. This turbine became operational on July 12, 2002. Under a Senate Appropriations Bill, eight U.S. military installations are required to purchase a percentage of wind-generated energy for five years beginning in 2002. This includes both of North Dakota's U.S. Air Force Bases in Minot and Grand Forks. Electricity generated from the Petersburg turbine is being sold to the Grand Forks Air Force Base through the base's retail power supplier, Nodak Electric Cooperative of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and is also being sold to customers participating in the Infinity Wind Energy program. Because wind-generated electricity is more costly than Minnkota's other sources of generation, subscribers to the program are being billed an additional $.50 per month for each 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) block of wind power. This amount is being billed in addition to the regular cost of electricity. Minnkota is receiving federal and state incentives that help lower the wind energy premium, but the cost of wind power is still more than the cost of electricity generated by baseload power plants. Using current technology, wind is capable of generating electric energy about 30 percent of the time on average. Even in areas like the upper Midwest , labeled the Saudi Arabia of wind , the wind speed is not sufficient to generate electric energy all of the time. Consequently, Minnkota is offering this program as an option for customers, as there is clearly a long-term need for continuously available power from sources such as lignite-fired baseload power plants. Minnkota Power is a generation and transmission cooperative supplying wholesale electricity to 11 member-owner electric cooperatives in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Minnkota is also operating agent for NMPA, which serves 12 municipal utilities. Minnkota's primary sources of generation are the Milton R. Young Station, located near Center, N.D. and the Coyote Station near Beulah,N.D. Together, the Minnkota/NMPA joint system serves more than 125,000 customers.