Nuclear job fair Nov. 14 in Owen Sound

The Bruce Power Nuclear Station. PHOTO COURTESY OF BRUCE POWER jpg, LS

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A nuclear job fair and information session is set to take place in Owen Sound Nov. 14, two months ahead of the planned start of Bruce Power’s 13-year major component replacement project.

About 30 nuclear suppliers and unions representing nuclear workers will have booths at the event, said Alison Fernandes, manager of nuclear economic development and innovation, a position jointly funded by Bruce Power, Bruce County and the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI).

Colleges and employment agencies will also be participating, she said.

Fernandes said she doesn’t know the number of jobs that the exhibitors will be looking to fill.

“But with MCR kicking off in January 2020, the intention is that obviously there will be an increase in opportunities over the next while,” she said in an interview.

The positions will be within the nuclear industry and located in Grey, Bruce and Huron counties.

“I would suggest bringing your resume. Last year, some companies saw 50 to 70 resumes handed to them,” she said.

Rooms will be available for interviews, she added.

Information about apprenticeships and requirements to land jobs in the nuclear industry will also be available.

The event is set to run from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Sydenham Campus at 1130 8th St. E., which is the former Sydenham school next to Georgian College in Owen Sound.

Last year’s inaugural event took place at Saugeen Golf Club in Southampton.

“We like to spread the locations out, so we did it in Bruce County last year and we’re doing it in Grey County this year. We also wanted to be able to provide some opportunities for the Tenneco employees,” she said.

Tenneco, an auto parts plant in Owen Sound’s industrial park, is is set to close its doors in stages next year.

Bruce Power’s major component replacement project is to begin in Unit 6 and will extend the life of units three to eight over a period of 13 years.

Bruce Power says the six major component replacements will cost about $8 billion. Another $5 billion has been allocated through a range of other life-extension activities from 2016 to 2053.

An additional 3,000 to 5,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created annually during the MCR project, which will contribute between $900 million and $1.2 billion in direct and indirect labour income annually.

The multiyear investment program has now resulted in about 60 suppliers establishing a presence in 10 communities, including Owen Sound, in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties.