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Hiring Process

SMECO is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and prides itself on a diverse member and employee base.


SMECO accepts applications through our online applicant tracking system. All current open positions are listed on this site.

If you are interested in applying for one of our open positions, please log into the application process by registering a username and password. Follow the instructions at the beginning of each page to ensure your application is as complete as possible.

Once you apply, you will receive a confirmation email of our receipt of your application, and it will then be assessed to see if you meet the basic requirements of the position. Given the large volume of applications we receive, we are unable to bring in all applicants for further screening.

Those applicants that are considered to be in the top 25 to 50 of all applications received may be called in to perform a basic skills set test. The completion of a these tests with a passing grade is required for all bargaining unit positions.

Interviewing and Hiring:

Once the testing process has concluded and SMECO has collected a sufficient number of tested applicants, the resumés from the group are then sent to the hiring committee. This committee then reviews the resumés and determines whom they would like to interview. Human Resources then contacts the selected applicants to schedule the interviews.

Interviews may be conducted by a committee of several employees or by the hiring manager. The interview process is an effective way to make hiring decisions because of the diversity the participants bring to the table. In addition, the process educates both the interviewers and the candidates by giving insight into all the expectations and challenges of the job.

Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a background investigation, 1-9 e-verification, and pre-employment physical.


The hired candidate will be required to attend orientation for the first half of his or her first day. This orientation provides new employees with the opportunity to learn more about SMECO, to complete necessary paperwork including benefit enrollment, and to become acquainted with the HR staff.

A second day of orientation is required usually within the first three months of employment. This orientation enhances the new employee’s knowledge about what it means to be part of a cooperative and provides a tour of all of the SMECO locations.

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