Energy Careers: Get Into Industrial Construction

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PIPELAYERS following the directions of others or written instructions lay out pipe routes. This includes cutting pipes to the required size and positioning pipes to prepare them for welding or sealing. Pipelayers then connect pipe pieces and joints using welding equipment, cement or glue.

APPRENTICE ELECTRICIANS (entry-level) test electrical systems and make sure circuits in electrical wiring and other equipment are in working order, making repairs, as necessary. They also plan the layout and installation of electrical wiring, equipment and fixtures, based on job specifications and codes. Education Required: High school diploma or GED. Enrolled in an apprenticeship training program.

WELDERS use hand-welding or flame-cutting equipment to weld or join metal components or to fill holes, indentations, or seams of fabricated metal products. They monitor the fitting, burning, and welding processes to avoid overheating of parts or warping, shrinking, distortion, or expansion of material.

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT STAFF provide assistance to a variety of energy company employees with tasks such as preparing memos and documents, proofreading, using databases, and making contact with other staff members or customers. Administrative Support Staff may also plan meetings and events by ordering food, preparing the agenda and materials, setting up the room, and sending out invitations. Education Required: High school diploma or GED.

CUSTOMER SUPPORT REPRESENTATIVES confer with customers by telephone or in person to provide information about products and services, to take orders or cancel accounts, or to obtain details of complaints. They also keep records of customer interactions and transactions, recording details of inquiries, complaints, and comments, as well as actions taken. Education Required: High school diploma or GED.

CONSTRUCTION TECHNICIANS set up service for customer– installing, connecting, testing, and adjusting equipment. They can string line from pole to pole or they can lay underground cables. Construction Technicians also measure signal strength at utility poles, using electronic test equipment. Education Required: High school diploma or GED.

Average salary for a Welder:
Entry level salary starting at: $30k or $14 – $16/hr Education Required: High School Diploma or GED. If You Like: working with your hands & building a lasting structure.

Additional Requirements

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Requirements for Fit For Duty (FFD) Include:
•Alcohol Free
•Drug Free
•Criminal Background Check
•Citizenship
•Security Background Check
•Be Able to Read and Speak English

BENEFITS
•Per diems, based on # of miles worked away from home Tools provided
•PPE equipment provided
•Company vehicles (certain positions)
•Communication equipment
•Computers (certain positions)
•OTJT
•Overtime (1.5 or higher)
•Certifications – portable

POTENTIAL REWARDS
•Pride of accomplishment (can see what you’ve completed)
•Work outdoors – fresh air, exercise, experience the elements (all four seasons)
•Freedom – not tied to a desk, ability to move around, get body moving
•Feel good – working up a sweat
•Variety of daily tasks – not tied to production, everything brings something new, demanding
•Constantly learning – new techniques (e.g. precision)
•Travel – can see various parts of the country/world
•Always working on state of the art projects – the front edge of societal revolution – latest techniques (tools)

All salary ranges based on a national average according to Department of Labor and will vary depending on industry and geographic location.