More than 150 skilled welders will be needed by the end of the year

FAIRFAX, Va. – When the Savannah River Site, a nuclear reservation 25 miles east of Augusta, Georgia, began hiring workers five years ago, welders in the Southeast sharpened their skills and went to work. Today, two additional sites are taking from the same pool of nuclear-grade welders: Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, also known as Plant Vogtle, in Waynesboro, Georgia and the Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station (VC Summer), located 20 miles northwest of Columbia, South Carolina.

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Upcoming large projects to create jobs for local welders, HVAC fabricators

FAIRFAX, Va. – The Atlanta area is in the middle of a drought, and it has nothing to do with this season’s snowfall. With major construction projects on the horizon – such as the new Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Falcons stadiums, the renovation of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the Vogtle nuclear power plant – Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 85 is seeking qualified apprentices.

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Three-week course put hundreds to work, grew local from 125 to 415 members

FAIRFAX, Va. – Two years ago, Mark Lemon took over as training coordinator and business manager at Local 399 in Aiken, SC and inherited one of the biggest challenges of his career. With the start of the 198,344-acre Savannah River project on the horizon, as well as other large projects in the region, hundreds of certified welders were needed, and it was up to Lemon, and his 125-member local, to fill the positions. To do this, Lemon called on the International Training Institute (ITI), the education arm of the unionized sheet metal and air conditioning industry, to help staff and supply two three-week concentrated welding programs with the goal of turning out certified welders and putting them to work right away.

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Three women talk about career, need for more females in sheet metal industry

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – When it comes to sheet metal welders, the adage “anything you can do, I can do better” isn’t a phrase of competition or ego. Women welders in the industry are the minority – by far – but a few of them are looking to show their male counterparts that when it comes to their craft, the question of who is the most talented is a toss-up.

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