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McLean Electric Cooperative, Inc. (MEC) in Garrison, North Dakota is accepting applications until February 15, 2022 for a full-time Apprentice or Journeyman Lineman. MEC serves the residents of rural McLean County. MEC exists to provide high value energy to our members by focusing on delivering safe, reliable, environmentally friendly electricity while promoting energy efficiency through education.

We are committed to providing a full benefits package to include medical, dental, vision, retirement, holiday pay, vacation, sick leave pay, and life insurance. April 1, 2022 Start Date.

Email or Mail a Cover Letter, Resume & 3 References to:

McLean Electric Cooperative
PO Box 399 Garrison, North Dakota 58540
Attn: Keith Thelen

Or email to:


SUMMARY: Skilled apprentice or journeyman lineman should be able to perform diversified work in the construction and maintenance of poles, lines, and auxiliary facilities and equipment for the distribution of electricity.


  • Provides the needed services for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the members electrical distribution system.

  • Provides technical skills needed for the operation and maintenance of reliable electrical service for the member.

  • Provide for connecting and disconnecting, installing and removal, moving and transferring of various electrical devices on customer’s facilities, i.e. transformers, transformer banks, regulators, switches, switching devices, capacitor banks, etc.

  • Capable of investigating consumer complaints and making repairs to energized electrical distribution lines.

  • Must have an understanding of basic and advanced electrical principles, possess a working knowledge of RUS specifications, be proficient in all phases of line construction, be capable of operating equipment necessary to complete jobs, i.e. bucket truck, digger derrick, mini excavator, skid loader, chainsaws and wood chipper.

  • Applicants must be self-motivated, work well with others, have a positive attitude and be committed to working safely and productively.

  • Must possess a Journeyman Lineman Certificate or able to obtain a certificate through apprenticeship program after employment.

  • Valid Class A CDL North Dakota Driver’s license

  • Able to participate in an after hours on-call rotation

  • Journeyman must have rubber gloving experience

  • Must be able to apply CPR/First Aid • Safe work record with a commitment to safety • Lifting up to 50 lbs.

  • Requires extended periods of bending, squatting, climbing, kneeling, pushing, pulling, lifting, lifting in awkward positions, standing, twisting, reaching above shoulder level, working in confined spaces, working off a pole or in a bucket.

McLean Electric Cooperative is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer regarding race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, and veterans status.












McLean Electric currently has two scholarship programs available to help members in their higher education endeavors.  

Basin Electric Scholarship Application

The Scholarship Program will award two scholarships in the amount of $500 each. The scholarships must be used for educational costs, and the student must enter a higher education institution in the fall of the school year for which the scholarship is given or be an enrolled higher education student. Checks will be made payable to the school. 

McLean Electric Scholarship Application

McLean Electric Cooperative, Inc. is pleased to offer a financial assistance award to assist youth in pursuing their higher education goals. McLean Electric will give $500

financial assistance to one student who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a full time graduate or undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school. 





Write a Winning Essay and Win A Trip of a Lifetime to Washington. D.C. 

June 19-June 24, 2022

To enter the essay-writing contest, you must: 

  • Write a winning essay by December 10, 2021
  • Be enrolled as a high school sophomore or junior during the 2021-22 school year.

  • You and your parents or guardian must be served by McLean Electric Cooperative.

  • Essay is not to exceed two standard 8½- by 11-inch typewritten, double-spaced pages on this topic: 


If you were asked to help promote your cooperative’s annual
membership meeting, what ideas do you have for increasing
attendance among young member-owners and students?

Please provide specific examples for unique communications
strategies, scheduling and special activities for member-owners
and their families.

  • Submit your essay in hard copy or electronic format to Roughrider Electric. Electronic submissions should conform to the two-page, double-spaced guideline described above.

  • Include a cover page with your name, email, date of birth, school, and grade in 2021-22, parent or guardian’s name, address, email, and telephone number.

The deadline is December 10, 2021. Emailed entries should be emailed to and hard-copy entries should be mailed to: Youth Tour Essay Contest, c/o Sonja Moe, PO Box 399, Garrison ND  58540

If you have any questions, contact Sonja Moe at 701-463-6700

What is the Youth Tour?

Every June, as many as 1,800 high school students from across the country spend a week in the nation's capital as part of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour. The students are sponsored by electric cooperatives – cooperatives that are committed to educating America's rural youth about America and the role electric cooperatives play in developing strong rural communities.

Participating in the Youth Tour is an awesome way to learn about this great nation, develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of electric cooperatives, and make friendships that will last beyond the week!

The Electric Cooperative Youth Tour has brought high school juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. every June since the late 1950s. Students compete for slots for this unique opportunity and are selected for this program by their local electric cooperative. McLean Electric’s selection process takes the form of an essay contest. 














McLean Electric Cooperative Director Achieves Credential in Today's Electric Utility Competencies

James Odermann MEC District 6 Director, recently received the Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

Congratulations James!

An ever-changing business environment has imposed new demands on electric cooperative directors, requiring increased knowledge of changes in the electric utility business, new governance skills, and a solid knowledge of the cooperative principles and business model. McLean Electric Cooperative has a commitment to work through NDAREC/NRECA to sharpen this body of knowledge for the benefit of their electric cooperative consumer-owners.












































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