Position Description

Operator Trainee
Number of Openings 5
City Holcomb
State/Territory Kansas
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Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, a generation and transmission cooperative, is seeking Operator Trainees at Holcomb Station, our coal-fired 350-megawatt power plant! In this position, you'll be in a team setting and will learn how to operate plant equipment and systems by attending generation power plant training classes for 12 weeks. Upon successful completion of the training classes, Trainees will progress through an on-the-job operator trainee program to higher-level operations positions with increased responsibility and compensation. If you are looking to continually learn and advance your knowledge, this may be the perfect position for you!


  • Gain experience in an electric utility to further your career and future opportunities.
  • Apply your troubleshooting skills and learn from experienced crews who care about you and your development.
  • Work at and learn about our technically advanced, amazingly clean, and environmentally safe coal-fired power plant.
  • Help provide reliable, affordable energy to people in central and western Kansas.
  • Receive outstanding benefits including a company funded pension, low health insurance premiums, and an educational reimbursement program.


  • High school diploma. Technical school or related industrial experience preferred.
  • Able to troubleshoot mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Must be able to work 12-hour rotating shifts, including holidays and weekends, when assigned to an operations crew.

Refer to the Operator Trainee Responsibility Outline for a complete list of qualifications.

EEI Testing:

We administer selection tests for a variety of positions. This position requires the successful completion of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Plant Operator Selection System (POSS) test. The required tests have been developed by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a trade association of investor-owned electric utility companies. We strongly encourage candidates to review all the information, including the sample test brochures, and to use the available practice tests before taking the actual tests, available here: https://secure.eei.org/eeitests/onlineproducts/Login.aspx.

The username and password are both sunflower. Practice tests provide sample questions and detailed discussions of the correct answers. It's important to take the practice test as you would the actual one, with similar intensity and concentration. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer.

Note: EEI does not allow access to the actual tests. Testing sessions are held at various locations.

Sunflower Electric Power Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/vets.

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