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Alliant Energy Coal Handler - Apprentice or Journey Level in Ottumwa, Iowa

Bring YOUR energy to Alliant Energy!

At Alliant Energy, our purpose is to serve customers and build stronger communities. We are passionate about powering beyond the market challenges of today, while powering what's next in energy. When our employees say "I am energy", it means they take pride in the work we do when disaster strikes, as well as all the days in between. We want you to be safe, happy and healthy. That's why we prioritize safety, offer volunteer opportunities and provide competitive pay, comprehensive health and retirement benefits, tuition reimbursement and paid time off.

Alliant Energy has an outstanding opportunity to join our team as an Apprentice or Journey Level Coal Handler in Ottumwa, IA! In this role, you will operate fuel-handling equipment and perform related coal yard and plant tasks at a steam generating station.

Our skilled trade employees are the center of our organization. We depend on the expertise and dedication of our crews to deliver the performance our customers expect and deserve, safely and efficiently.

What you will do

  • Operates fuel and ash-handling equipment, such as conveyors, tractors, bulldozers, cranes, crushers, locomotives, ash trucks, cranes and etc. At generating stations: keeps equipment lubricated and takes care of minor maintenance needs. Cares for, and keeps bearing and equipment lubricated.

  • Keeps the coal handling equipment neat, clean, and operating properly.

  • Assures that all major and auxiliary equipment are operating properly.

  • Assists in maintaining railway tracks and fuel handling structures.

  • Spots and loads or unloads coal cars, barges, or trucks.

  • Performs switching of railway cars as needed.

  • Maintains and grooms coal pile.

  • May be required to direct and instruct other employees.

  • Performs maintenance work of ordinary nature when not operating.

  • Performs all work according to established procedures and safety practices.

  • Assists in the loading of ecostone, fly ash and bottom ash.

  • Perform preventive maintenance activities.

  • Calibrate and zero conveyor scales as needed.

  • Perform routine yard maintenance.

  • Perform simple test on coal to determine where to set crushers.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to operate fuel handling equipment.

  • Ability to operate heavy equipment.

  • Mechanical ability.

  • Knowledge of fuel-handling equipment and the layout and operation of the generating station to which assigned.

  • Ability to work effectively in a culturally diverse work group.

  • Basic computer skills required.

  • According to location, may be required to operate fork lifts.

Our people are passionate about what they do, the product they sell, and the customers they serve. If you're looking for an opportunity to be a part of a work family that values collaboration, innovation and dedication, we're the right company for you.

It's not just what we do; it's how we do it.

Live Safety. Everyone. Always | Make Things Better | Care For Others | Do The Right Thing | Act For Tomorrow | Think Beyond. Be Bold

Alliant Energy is committed to providing an inclusive work environment for all and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

All candidates selected for employment with Alliant Energy will be required to successfully complete a drug screen and background check.


The above information on this description has been crafted to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not crafted to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Alliant Energy and subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. Applicants in need of a reasonable accommodation for any part of the hiring process, please email

It's an exciting time to join Alliant Energy! Our innovative thinking and fresh, sustainable approach to energy sets us apart. If you're looking for a place that values diverse backgrounds, offers flexible work options and wants to build better communities and a better tomorrow, consider a career with Alliant Energy.

At Alliant Energy, our employees make a difference by delivering an essential service for our customers and communities every day. We care about our employees. We want them to be safe, happy and healthy.

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