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RES Apprenticeship - Substation Technician in Des Moines, Iowa

Apprenticeship - Substation Technician

Come join the world’s largest independent renewable energy company active in wind, solar, energy storage and transmission and distribution. Our vision is to be a leader in the transition where everyone has access to affordable zero carbon energy. Being part of the RES team means shaping the world’s energy future.

RES offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, 401K + employer match, life insurance and AD&D, paid time off, paid sabbatical, paid parental leave, alternative work schedules, fitness center membership, tuition reimbursement, and professional development.


This is a DOL approved apprenticeship.

Apprentice will learn all aspects of Substation work while completing on the job training (OJT) hours. Apprentices will conduct self-paced study through an advanced curriculum developed and maintained by the Northwest Lineman College and perform 7,500 OJT hours in the operation, construction, and maintenance of electrical substations.

Specific duties:

  • General construction of electrical substations;

  • Underground and above ground conduit

  • Installation of underground grounding systems

  • Installation of steel structures

  • Install MV/HV switches and other electrical equipment

  • Assist in the layout and concrete placement of drilled peers


  • Diploma/certificate from High School, GED or Line school required

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Must have a valid driver’s license

  • Must be able to read and write in English

  • Must receive recommendation of their Superintendent once employed, before they will be enrolled in the Apprenticeship program

  • Preferred experience in Electrical Substations

  • Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Physical requirements and environment:

The work environment and physical demands characteristics are representative of those the employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position involves Heavy Work: exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands and fingers to handle, feel, lift and grab; reach with hands and arms; push and pull; climb and balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl; talk, see clearly and hear.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions.

We maintain a drug-free workplace. Candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment background investigation and drug test as a condition of employment.

Anticipated base salary range: $19.00- $38.00

We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States; however, we currently are not providing visa sponsorship or hiring individuals who will need visa sponsorship in the future.

RES is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.