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What It Takes

For customer care representatives, empathy and multitasking are key

OPPD's customer care employees need strong people skills, excellent attention to detail and a desire to keep learning.

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What It Takes

For machinists, precision is key – along with a lot of math

Machinists help keep OPPD's generating plants working. The job requires keen attention to detail and an ongoing desire to learn. And like many skilled trade jobs, it is well-paying and doesn't require a four-year degree.

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What It Takes

Teaching the next generation of power plant specialists

Senior instructional technicians, who teach and train employees at the utility's power plants, play a critical role as OPPD hires new staff to meet unprecedented demand for electricity.

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What It Takes

Crucial group helps restore power, keep crews safe

Distribution system operators have to think quickly, communicate clearly, multitask and solve problems – all while staying calm – to help restore power and ensure the safety of OPPD’s field workers.

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From storm recovery to rooftop solar, OPPD’s meter technicians stay busy

Meter techs' jobs will change and expand with the rise of advanced metering infrastructure. “It’s a really exciting time to be getting in this field."

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What It Takes

Relay specialists help keep the electrical system safe and reliable

OPPD's relay specialists build, program and maintain the relays, or switches, that protect the utility's substation and power plant equipment.

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