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Southern Company Apprentice Electrician - Transmission Substation Construction (Multiple openings) in Forest Park, Georgia

Apprentice Electrician - Transmission Substation Construction (Multiple openings)


APPRENTICE ELECTRICIAN - Transmission Substation Construction (multiple openings)

HQ Location: 205 Southfield Parkway, Forest Park, GA but you will be assigned to work assignments throughout the State of Georgia

NOTE: We are anticipating filling several vacancies - we are actively sourcing and beginning the hiring process now for these positions.

Job Summary

There are multiple openings for Apprentice Electricians who work in the construction of Transmission Substations throughout the state of Georgia.

  • Candidates hired as Apprentice Electricians, who have less than 3 years of experience, will participate in a 3 – 3 ½ year training program

  • Candidates hired as Apprentice Electricians, who have 3 years or more of experience, will be evaluated, and based on experience, background and competency, may be placed in a 12 – 18 month accelerated training program

This position is a physically demanding position , works four, ten-hour days and requires overnight and out-of-town stays during the week near the construction site. Depending on work location, you could be away from home as many as 200 nights per year.

Travel expenses, hotel expenses and meals are the responsibility of the Apprentice Electrician and a per diem (daily allowance paid by the day) is provided to help cover these costs.

This position is covered under the Memorandum of Agreement between Georgia Power Company and the IBEW Local No. 84 which includes a pay increase every six months until you max out in your job classification. Currently there is also a cost of living increase annually. This position is subject to call-out overtime work, scheduled overtime work, and storm restoration response. Under the Memorandum of Agreement, candidates hired as Apprentice Electricians into Section 6A are required to fulfill a 2 year obligation before they are eligible to bid into other company positions.

Job Requirements

Education Requirements:

  • High School diploma or equivalent

Experience Requirements:

  • It is strongly preferred candidates have prior experience in the following:

--Transmission Substation Construction

--Industrial construction, maintenance, utility, electrical and/or military

  • It is a plus for candidates to have experience in the following:

--Working outdoors, with heavy equipment / machinery, heavy load rigging / lifting, emergency responders, commercial truck driving, tree trimming, or farming

--Labor intensive occupations or physically demanding work environment

--Working with tools including but not limited to drills, circular saws, hydraulic presses or other battery powered hand tools

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Candidates must have:

  • A basic mechanical and electrical aptitude or background

  • A basic knowledge of hand tools

  • Ability to read, understand, and follow procedures, rules, and regulations

  • Ability to take instruction, direction and translate those into actions

  • Ability to perform physically demanding activities while working outside in all weather conditions

  • Exhibited safe work practices as evidenced by a history of working accident and injury free

It is preferred candidates have prior experience with:

  • Construction machinery such as skid steers, excavators, back hoes, cranes or heavy load rigging and lifting

  • Transmission substation equipment and installation work to include bus fabrication, foundation installation, print reading and layout, switch installation, structure grounding or other substation construction skills

It is a plus for candidates to:

  • Be self-motivated

  • Take personal ownership of projects and assignments

  • Have previously demonstrated the ability to successfully work in a team environment

  • Have good communication skills

Behavioral Attributes

Candidates must:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to Safety Excellence

  • Display ethical behavior

  • Understand the value of customer service and support

Other Requirements

1. Driver’s License and Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

Candidates must have:

  • A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or

  • A valid driver's license and be able to attain a CDL within 6 months of employment

Note: Any candidate who holds a current CDL will require verification with current and past employers upon job offer.

2. Pre-Employment Testing

To be considered for an interview, candidates must pass:

  • The Construction and Skilled Trades Exam (CAST test).

  • A Physical Abilities Test (PAT) which includes but is not limited to carrying a ladder, climbing a ladder, pushing a wheel barrow, moving a 50lb weight, and shoveling.

3. Interview

  • If invited to an interview and PAT test, candidates will be required to travel to a designated location in Georgia (mostly like the Atlanta area). Candidates will not be paid for time or travel to complete these pre-employment tests and interview.

4. Prior To Employment

  • Prior to employment, a thorough background check and DOT drug screen, including nicotine, will be conducted (after a job offer is extended).

  • You must successfully meet requirements for a Pre-Employment (DOT) physical exam approved by our company physician and Worker's Compensation Medical Questionnaire.

  • Any offer of employment is contingent upon the applicant successfully completing all required fitness assessments.

5. Weight Restriction

  • Because of the nature of our work and weight restrictions on our equipment a candidate must currently weigh and maintain their body weight at or below 325 pounds fully dressed including steel-toed work boots and hardhat.

6. Travel and Working Conditions

  • All construction jobs require extended overnight stays and travel throughout the state of Georgia. You could be away from home as many as 200 nights per year.

  • Candidates must be able to frequently work in extreme weather conditions including heat, cold, rain, snow and ice.

Additional Information


  • This is a position covered by a collective bargaining agreement between Georgia Power Company and IBEW Local 84. Union membership is optional. Current starting pay is $4728 and is not negotiable.

Training And Development

  • Apprentice Electricians in Transmission Construction will undergo an extensive training program, including classroom and on-the-job training. The training program lasts approximately 3 to 3 ½ years.

  • Apprentice Electricians who are hired as part of our 12 – 18 month accelerated program will be given an evaluation and placed into the program based on their competency. Candidates who are not deemed competent to participate in the accelerated program will be placed into our Apprentice Training Program.

  • Upon successful completion of the training, the employee is eligible to bid on Electrician positions as they become available.

Safety Sensitive Position

  • Georgia Power Company has classified this position as "Safety Sensitive" and as such is subject to relevant pre-employment screening(s) to determine fitness for duty. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the applicant successfully completing all required fitness assessments. All candidates must apply online while this posting is active (including submitting resume information) and answer a series of job related questions in order to be considered.

Smoke Free Workplace Policy

  • Subject to the Georgia Power Company Smoke Free Workplace Policy: You must be free from all tobacco products (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff, patch and/or gum), at least six months prior to applying for this position.

As an employee of Southern Company, the value you bring is realized through the results you achieve and the demonstration of “Our Values”. In return, Southern Company provides a job and a company in which you can take pride; a supportive workplace in which you can be successful; and a competitive pay and benefits package .

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the Company's promise to 2.6 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the Company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit at and connect with the Company on Facebook ( ), Twitter ( ) and Instagram ( ).

Job Field: Power Line Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Forest Park

Operating Company: Georgia Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 75 % of the Time

Union Covered: Yes

Work Location(s):

GPC Transmission Construction – 205 Southfield Parkway (205Forest Park)


Southfield Parkway

Forest Park, 30297

Req ID: GPC2007244

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