Fort Benning SFL-TAP partners with utility companies for job opportunities

(FORT BENNING, Ga) Veterans from the surrounding areas attend the Annual Retiree Appreciation Day November 04, 2016 at the Soldier for Life Center. (Photos by Patrick Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)Bruce W. Derdoski Jr., Transition Services Specialist /

FORT BENNING, Ga. – Representatives from the Southern Company Military Recruiting and Talent Acquisition team are on tap to visit Fort Benning Feb. 8 to host an information session for transitioning Soldiers, spouses and veterans who are interested in a new career in the utilities industry.

Southern Company’s Jeremy Foshee will lead the session from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Soldier for Life auditorium in Bldg. 9230, while hiring managers and recruiters from Alabama Power and Southern Company Gas will also be on hand to provide information about some key critical openings that are available like Utility Assistant–Distribution and Transmission (entry level lineman) or a General Technician.

Topics during the information session will range from salary, 401K/pensions, healthcare benefits and the requirements and process for becoming an entry level lineman or a general technician.(FORT BENNING, Ga) Veterans from the surrounding areas attend the Annual Retiree Appreciation Day November 04, 2016 at the Soldier for Life Center. (Photos by Patrick Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

A Utility Assistant–Distribution and Transmission (entry–level lineman) is a physically demanding position that requires heavy manual labor.

Extensive training is offered to provide lineman knowledge/skills required for advancement to Apprentice and Journeymen classifications.

This career assists in the construction and maintenance of Alabama Power distribution lines, transmission lines and substations.  Lineman must be able to work with all types of tools and be available for overtime and call out, especially during storm outages.

General Technicians are responsible for completing a variety of tasks in support of field operations to include deactivation of service, delayed match, corrosion inspections, meter paints, reading meters and assisting with other maintenance activities as needed.

They serve as a member of a crew engaged in installing, maintaining, and repairing gas mains and service lines, perform basic tasks including operating heavy equipment, using hand tools, basic leak investigation, assisting in mechanical joining, landscape maintenance and traffic control.  They can also perform meter reading, ERT installations and ERT programming in conjunction with automated meter reading duties.

Anyone who is interested in pursuing a new career as a lineman or general technician should attend one of our Weekly Connection Events.

Foshee will be handing out study guides for the Construction and Skills Trades Test (CAST) and he will be inviting everyone back February 9 to participate in a practice CAST Test.

Foshee said they have set an attendance goal of 60 participants for their information session.

Additionally, Foshee will be attending our weekly Wednesday Connection Events in the SFL auditorium starting Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Feb. 8.

For more information about this or any of our upcoming events call (706)545-2308/2309, visit our SFL-TAP web page, email us, or stop by the SFL-TAP Office.


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