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Photo of Tom, system operations specialist, with key word Fulfillment and this quote: “I enjoy the work, but what I find fulfilling is … we’re helping to keep the lights on to almost all of rural Missouri, into Iowa and Oklahoma as well. We’re providing good, reliable energy for a low cost to a lot of people. … The good thing is, people flip a switch, turn a heater on … and it just happens, like magic. People just use electricity and don’t even have to think about it. It’s just there because of

Meet Thomas, the mojo behind our mission

Thomas first worked a year with the cooperative as an operations engineering intern before finishing his electrical engineering degree and joining Associated full time in 2016. His recent work to develop a real-time contingency analysis tool, which enables operators to monitor and prevent problems on the 69-kV transmission system, earned him Associated’s prestigious 2019 Excel Award for Employee of the Year in a Technical Field. 

The math involved in electrical engineering is fun for him and led him to switch careers after seven years as a nurse. “I’m a big-time math guy, … I really like working on power models, simulating a power system, the characteristics, scenarios … It’s my favorite part of the job.”

Join our team in Southwest Missouri-Northeast Oklahoma

Associated has been a part of the communities in this region for decades.

Many of our employees have called this part of the country home for years and choose to stay to be close to family, enjoy the outdoor beauty, lakes and streams and access the variety of entertainment options. The area is home to universities, major healthcare providers, historical attractions, parks and trails and is a major tourism area offering music, shopping, aquariums, museums and other attractions.

Our facilities in this area:

Headquarters in Springfield, Missouri (see more information below)

Chouteau Power Plant in Pryor, Oklahoma, a 1,062-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas plant


Springfield has a lot to offer you

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Associated Electric Cooperative headquarters in Springfield, Missouri

Springfield is the third largest city in Missouri and offers its residents a variety of options for entertainment, events, dining, outdoor recreation, an active arts community and all four seasons. Springfield has received several national accolades, including ranking among the “Top Place for Business & Careers” by Forbes Magazine and among the “Top 40 Best Quality of Life” by 

Our employees are engaged in their communities, helping to support United Way of the Ozarks, as well as other nonprofit organizations, and serving on nonprofit and school boards.

Springfield offers a low cost of living, top-notch health care, education resources and a variety of activities. We invite you to take a few moments and look into the Springfield area by exploring a few links below.

Area map

Living in Springfield

Springfield Chamber of Commerce

See the chamber's guide (and our information on Page 30)

Enjoy the Life You Want

Nixa chamber

Ozark chamber

Republic chamber

Missouri State University

Drury University

Evangel University

Ozarks Technical Community College

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