Fuel Handler

Koda Energy
Organization Summary

Koda Energy is an environmentally-friendly energy project and a joint venture with the 162-year old company, Rahr Malting, and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Considerably cleaner than a coal plant and considered CO2 neutral, this combined heat and power plant is the only facility in the United States that burns exclusively natural, non-manmade materials. A suspension boiler design is utilized for maximum efficiency while burning these renewable products. Products burned at Koda Energy are primarily agricultural and plant seed byproducts, materials which do not deter land from use as row crops. This biomass energy generation project is able to provide energy for Koda Energy and Rahr Malting, with excess sold to Xcel Energy.

Electric power generated averages 19.7 megawatts, with net power generated at approximately 16.7 megawatts. The maximum electrical output from the generator is 24.1 megawatts. Amounts fluctuate, based largely on Rahr’s demand for heat. Rahr Malting uses the waste heat from the generation of electricity in the malting process. When the thermal energy demand is high, electrical generation is low. When the thermal energy demand is low, electrical generation is high.

Construction on Koda Energy began shortly after the Sept. 13, 2007 groundbreaking. The facility began generating electricity in March 2009 and became fully operational in late May 2009.

Posting Date
Closing Date
Location in MN
Job type

Starting wage of $19/hour


40 hours a week.

Primary Duties

Basic Responsibilities:
Receive biomass fuel from trucks and place fuel into the conveyance system with a wheel loader
Operate and maintain fuel handling equipment, such as chain conveyors, screw conveyors, bag houses, and the wheel loader
Maintain a safe work environment by using personal protective equipment, participate in safety training, follow safety procedures, and adhering to all applicable MSDSs
Enter data into a computerized fuel tracking program
Maintain bag house pressure drop logs
Communicate effectively to keep the Power Plant Operator informed of equipment conditions
Record data such as pressures, temperatures and flows and perform trend analysis on data
Maintain neat and accurate records, both written and electronic
Complete preventative and corrective maintenance items
Maintain a clean work area by following good housekeeping practices
All other duties or responsibilities as directed by Koda management


Minimum Requirements:
Ability to obtain a Special Boiler Operator’s license from the State of Minnesota
Ability to use clear and concise communication to convey plant information
Ability to read and interpret documents, such as safety rules, blueprints, and operating procedures
Ability to maintain professionalism, honesty, and integrity during all aspects of job duties
Ability to work as a team member and as an individual
Ability to work a rotating shift schedule, planned and unplanned shutdowns, and vacation relief
Ability to work in adverse conditions such as extreme weather, at heights, and confined spaces
Ability to be on your feet for the majority of the 12-hour shift
Ability to bend, squat, and use ladders/stairs
Ability to receive and internalize constructive criticism and implement directives from management
Desire to take initiative to further plant knowledge and qualifications
Desired Skills:
Experience with solid fuel combustion
Experience with fuel handling equipment, such as conveyors
Experience with material handling, such as rigging and lifting
Experience with Preventative Maintenance Systems
Experience with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
Experience using a wheel loader and skid steer

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