Plant Vogtle expo welcomes hundreds looking for work

By: Ryan Calhoun Email
By: Ryan Calhoun Email
cooling towers

After the expansion is finished in about five years, Plant Vogtle will boast two more nuclear reactors and two more cooling towers, for a total of four of each. (February 11, 2010 / WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Tuesday, November 16, 2010

WAYNESBORO, GA. -- Hundreds slowly came through the doors at Augusta Technical College in Waynesboro, but quickly filled the room looking to find out more information about working for Plant Vogtle.

"I've always thought about employment there and I'm just ready for a change in careers," Julie Babb of Waynesboro said.

"It's a great opportunity," Zavier Lake said. "The fact that they have a big project means there's more of an opportunity for people like me to get jobs or careers and just more opportunities for everybody."

Lake came in from Augusta. He said he's looking for a career with Southern Company and he has been looking for work since March.

"I've just been looking and posting online, getting my resume out there," Lake said. "Just getting some face time, going to job fairs and stuff, but people are just saying it's a downtime around this type of season."

Southern Company and Shaw Group officials assured a room of more than a hundred people that they are looking for local workers. About 2,000 construction jobs need to be filled over the next few years on site and they're also looking for about 700 more permanent workers.

"Right now we're hiring our operators," Sloane Evans of Southern Company said. "The folks that will be actually operating those plants. We're hiring them so early so they will have 18 months of training to get them ready to operate those plants."

But to land one of those jobs at Southern Company, Evans says you must apply online and create your own profile.

"You tell us what you're looking for, the experience that you have and when those jobs are posted on our web site, we're going to send you a notice," Evans said.

A notice that Lake will be waiting for. The only problem is he's swimming in the same pool as hundreds of people who were at the expo and hundreds more.

"I know I made my mark," Lake said. "I hope to be speaking with Shaw Group or Southern Company representatives sometime soon."

They will be hiring for these jobs consistently until 2014 which is when they say they will be at their peak employment. That's when they expect 3,500 to be working at the plant. After it's all said and done about 850 will have permanent jobs at the plant.

Shaw Group and Southern Company spoke about procurement opportunities as well. They're looking to work with local businesses who provide certain services that don't need to be shipped in from outside of the state or outside of the country.

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