Powerful Potential - Great River Energy
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This program, created by Great River Energy, is working to match more recent and future graduates to careers in the electric industry to power the future of Minnesota. We’re connecting people to training programs, celebrating skills and the laborers who have them, and spreading the word about how important these careers are to our communities.

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The energy sector is growing 25% faster than overall U.S. employment.*


 Line technicians working in bucket trucks

Keep the lights on for your neighbors.

Line technicians assist in the construction and maintenance of high-voltage transmission lines, substations and equipment. Sometimes this means climbing poles and towers, or riding a bucket truck 200 feet in the air. Substation apparatus technicians maintain transformers, breakers, capacitor banks and more, while providing support to member-owner cooperatives across the state.

A peaking plant operator kneeling next to a turbine

Support a more resilient grid. 

Power system protection technicians protect Great River Energy’s system integrity and provide resiliency to the grid by maintaining transmission substations, generators and distribution assets. Peaking plant operators are responsible for the operation and upkeep of combustion turbines and their auxiliary systems to minimize downtime and keep the grid up and running during peak energy usage.

A telecommunications technician working on equipment

See the big energy picture. 

System operators help maintain the reliable operation of transmission and generator systems. They respond to real-time outages, restoring power safely and efficiently, and bring additional generation online to meet fluctuations in usage. Telecommunications technicians maintain data and voice networks and equipment, including a state-wide trunked mobile radio and vehicle location systems.

A technician smiling in their work uniform

Become an expert in specialized equipment.

High voltage direct current technicians maintain the operations, testing and maintenance of very specialized equipment that our converter stations rely upon. Metering technicians maintain the measuring equipment needed to track consumption across member-owner cooperatives, and the energy our fleet provides to the market.

Ready to develop your Powerful Potential?

Minnesota State has dozens of certificate and degree programs specifically designed to prepare you for a career at an electric cooperative.


“I get to do something that actually makes 
a difference: helping power people’s lives.”

– brad, telecommunications technician

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*US Department of Energy, United States Energy & Employment Report 2023