Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Tue, Oct. 27

NGS seeking qualified employees

LECHEE, Ariz. ¬- Navajo Generating Station (NGS) is hiring again.

NGS, which is managed and operated by the Salt River Project - one of Arizona's largest employers - is seeking applicants who wish to pursue a meaningful career with a premier provider of electricity.

NGS is diligent in granting preference in employment to qualified Navajos in accordance with its Navajo Nation agreement and federal law.

Currently, 452 - or 83 percent - of NGS's 540 employees are Navajo. Over the last 10 years, NGS has hired about 260 employees - almost all of them Navajo or Navajo preference, said Mike Woods, NGS manager of New Employee Development.

Those wishing to apply:

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Have a high school diploma or GED.

Possess a valid driver license.

Must pass background check.

Pass the aptitude and physical agility tests.

Pass the SRP pre-employment physical exam/drug screen.

And must pass the paid, intensive seven-week O&M Power Plant Fundamentals School, which includes power plant basics, physics, basic chemistry, thermodynamics and electricity.

Candidates may work days, nights, weekends or rotating shifts. Reasonable and necessary overtime will be required.

The beginning salary is $18.17 per hour. The employment start date is May 7. Wage increases and promotions will be based upon achieving training objectives.

After successfully completing the Fundamentals School, new employees will perform either power plant operator duties, maintenance duties, or railroad and coal operations duties.

This will prepare the employee for journeyman positions as control room operators, electricians, instrument technicians, mechanics, machinists, metal fabricators, and heavy equipment and train operators.

"While higher education and/or mechanical ability is helpful, some students come with little but a determination to succeed," said Tom Hull, one of the instructors who has taught the class for 25 years. "It's a tough school. Everything taught is important, and everything needs to be learned and remembered."

Candidates with formal training including military, trade school and college training - both two year and four year programs, should be successful. Mechanical, electrical, maintenance and/or construction experience is often helpful.

Successful candidates can expect challenging, meaningful positions in the power/utility industry with major opportunities for career growth, Hull said.

SRP offers a great work environment that provides continuous learning, stimulating assignments and the potential for rapid advancement with excellent salaries and benefits.

NGS offers a comprehensive benefits package that include generous paid time off, medical/dental/vision, 401(k) savings plan, retirement plan, and tuition reimbursement.

SRP accepts resumes and applications only electronically. Qualified individuals will need to submit a profile online at applying to Requisition N-5065.

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