At OPU, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are critical to our success. DEI is not about enforcing quotas or prioritizing one group over another. It is about recognizing and valuing the unique perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds that each individual brings to the table.

DEI is not about lowering standards or giving certain groups of people special treatment. It is about creating a culture where all employees can thrive based on their talents and hard work.

DEI is not a one-time initiative, but an ongoing commitment that requires continuous evaluation and improvement. At OPU, we believe that by creating a culture of inclusion where everyone feels valued, respected, and supported, we can attract and retain top talent, drive innovation, and achieve our business goals.

How we define diversity:
Diversity encompasses the full spectrum of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, socioeconomic status, diversity of thought and viewpoint, political leanings, and religious backgrounds. By embracing this range of experiences and perspectives, we can enhance our creativity, innovation, and problem-solving ability.

How we define equity:
Equity aims to ensure that every individual has an equal opportunity to achieve their potential. It does not mean equal outcomes. In an equitable system, success will not be the same for everyone, but everyone will have an equal chance to achieve success based on their abilities, interests, and effort.

How we define inclusion:
Inclusion means creating an environment where all employees feel valued, respected, and included, regardless of their background. This means promoting a culture of openness, tolerance, and acceptance, and actively seeking out and welcoming diverse viewpoints and opinions. An inclusive workplace is one where every employee has an opportunity to contribute and succeed, and where differences are embraced.

At OPU, our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is in harmony with our aspiration to foster the culture of “ONE OPU.” In this culture, we work as one team, have clarity of individual impact and value, are the standard for safety, and every employee sees themselves as an Everyday Leader.

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Manager, Electric Operations

Due date:  Open Until Filled

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Manager, Electric Operations

The Owatonna Public Utilities (OPU) has an opening for a Manager of Electric Operations and Dispatch.   The primary function of this position is to provide leadership and management of the electric distribution system, substations and dispatching of all service orders with prompt attention to restoration of electrical outages.   Oversees the bidding processes for all electric and substation projects ensuring all projects are in compliance with all bidding laws. Evaluates electric and substation system loads, reliability, contingency and future needs. Ensures all electric and substation contracted work is completed to contract specifications.

Serves as SMMPA Liaison for power generation, the gas turbine, and the Byron, Owatonna, Waseca and Faribault substations and transmission lines. Ensures substation maintenance complies with NERC/FERC Reliability standards.

Provides prompt attention to the restoration of services in the event of an interruption. 

Qualifications for this position are the following:

  • Associates degree in Power Distribution systems or Electric Lineworker certificate/degree is required.  Bachelor’s degree in Power Distribution Systems or related degree is preferred.
  • Experience: Five (5) years, work experience in Electric Power Distribution is required.
  • Journey Lineman work experience preferred.
  • Supervisor experience is required.
  • Valid State of Minnesota Class “D” driver’s license.

If interested please fill out and return an application and these applicable forms to: OPU Human Resources Department 

Position is open until filled and applications are reviewed daily. 

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IT Operations Engineer


The Owatonna Public Utilities (OPU) has an opening for an IT Operations Engineer.  Primary functions of this job are the design, documentation, analysis, implementation, administration, maintenance and support of the company’s server infrastructure, network infrastructure and all supported computerized systems/hardware.  In addition, responsible for the administration and support of other OPU technology systems and related hardware including but not limited to CSM/CIS system (NISC), digital phone system, camera and card access security, printer management, user & device management and backup/data management.     

Qualifications for this position are the following:

  • BS Degree in Computer Science or Associates degree in Computer Science + 2 years work experience or 6 years related work experience.
  • Experience:
    • Five years with Windows client/server administration.
    • Three years work experience with enterprise networking equipment(Cisco/HP/Meraki routing/switching, and experience with next gen firewall configuration.
    • Two years work experience with virtualization technologies (VMWare or Hyper-V) and experience with enterprise storage systems (SAN/NAS). Experience in scripting languages preferred.
    • One year with clusters (firewalls/databases/servers/storage systems and experience with vulnerability assessment software (Nessus/GSA/Rapid7 or similar).
  • Knowledge:  SQL server DB administration or other common databases including tasks such as loading data, managing data, security and users access, performance monitoring & tuning, all aspects data integrity, backup, recovery & disaster recovery, user & developer support, providing end-user support, training & documentation including systems management software, deployment & performance management, planning & maintenance of database capacity, expertise in host operating & networking environments, estimating & monitoring all hardware, coding & execution of administration jobs, monitoring and archiving backup files.

If interested please fill out and return an application and these applicable forms to: OPU Human Resources Department 

Position remains open until filled.  

See the complete job description for more information.