Plant Vogtle expansion will create jobs

Lots of people want to work at Plant Vogtle, where a $14.8 billion expansion will shift into high gear as soon as the Nuclear Regulatory Commission signs off on a final construction and operating license.


Already, more than 1,750 workers are in Burke County performing preliminary tasks that include welding, pipe fitting, concrete work and operating heavy equipment.

The federal license that will gradually push the workforce to a peak of about 3,500 could be issued as early as December or January, according to Southern Co. officials.

“We still expect to have it around the end of the year,” said Todd Terrell, the company’s nuclear development communication director.

Hiring and training activities have been under way for several years, but activity will remain high throughout the construction process, he said.

The new reactors are scheduled to go online in 2016 and 2017, and would be the first new nuclear power reactors to be completed in the U.S. in almost three decades.

Much of the labor needed for the work will come from local communities, he said. “At least 50 percent live within 50 miles, and we are trying to keep half up to the full labor force filled with local workers.”

There are 17 separate unions associated with the project and its labor force, in addition to a primary contractor, The Shaw Group, which will manage most of the construction work and support activities. Shaw will use a combination of direct hires, subcontractors and union labor to complete the project.

The units will also create about 800 permanent jobs, in addition to a similar number of workers already at work operating the existing Vogtle units.

The Vogtle expansion might be the first new reactor project to be completed, but it is not the only one. The SCANA corporation is planning a similar expansion to its V.C. Summer nuclear plant near Jenkinsville, S.C., and is also awaiting a decision on its request for a combined operating license.


To apply for Southern Co. jobs at Plant Vogtle, go to: and click on “careers” tab.

To apply for engineering, project management, administrative and “field/non manual” positions, go to

To apply for all other jobs, applicants should contact one of the labor unions responsible for providing the workforce.

More details:

Augusta Building and Construction Trades, local Plant Vogtle Craft contacts:

  • Boilermakers Local 26: (912) 964-2586 or
  • Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 33: (706) 798-4353 or
  • Carpenters & Millwrights Local 283: (706) 722-4445 or
  • Electricians Local 1579: (706) 722-6357 or
  • Elevator Construction Local 32: (404) 378-6208 or
  • Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 96: (912) 748-6288 or
  • Iron Workers, Structural Local 709: (912) 748-5118 or
  • Iron Workers Reinforcing Local 846: (863) 284-1105 or (863) 686-2042
  • Laborers Local 515: (706) 736-1476 or
  • Operating Engineers Local 474: (912) 330-9928 or
  • Painters & Allied Trades Local 1756: (706) 339-6441
  • Pipefitters Local 150: (706) 724-8846 or
  • Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 148: (404) 696-9500 or
  • Roofers Local 136: (404) 373-7081 or
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 85: (404) 758-2689 or
  • Sprinkler Fitters Local 669: (706) 654-3052 or (803) 643-7331 or
  • Teamsters Local 528: (404) 627-7351 or

Source: Southern Company