Skip to comments.Northwest GA highway contractor looking to fill jobs
Posted on 07/22/2018 11:24:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Highway contractors throughout northwest Georgia are hiring. The passage of the $900 million-a-year Transportation Funding Act (TFA) by the Georgia Legislature in 2015 is providing much-needed funding for the expansion, improvement and repair of Georgias infrastructure. With the increase in road projects, Georgias highway contractors currently have hundreds of jobs to fill.
To help raise awareness about the need for workers, the Georgia Highway Contractors Association (GHCA) last year launched a campaign dubbed, Fast Lane to Jobs. The campaign seeks to educate prospective workers about the many types of road jobs available and the benefits of a career in this sector. Most importantly, the campaign is connecting potential highway construction workers with contractors that are actively hiring throughout the state.
Some previous construction experience is helpful, for many of the jobs, but no experience is required and training is provided on the job.
There are job openings across all aspects of road construction, including asphalt paving workers, asphalt plant operators, concrete laborers, highway bridge carpenters, heavy equipment operators and mechanics, commercial truck drivers and traffic control workers.
There is also a huge increase in ship building right now. Paying $50 an hour for welders in Virginia plus fitters for $30, includes daily per diem and other incentives.
When you’re charging $12 billion dollars for an aircraft carrier that would’ve cost maybe $100 million dollars during World War II you can afford to pay $50 an hour.
They are upgrading standards. Those welders making $50 an hour are not your run of the mill rod burners. They have to pass a very intensive test, 100% xray, stress and other factors. The pay is good but the welder has to be the best of the best. Also intensive background checks, no felons or other questionable activities in the past.
My cousin is a civil engineer for the state of Georgia.
Re: Government Job Wages
I live in Seattle. This afternoon I read about a construction company that is being sued by the state of Washington.
The company built a public elementary school in Seattle, but they paid their carpenters the “prevailing wage” for apprentice carpenters instead of journeyman carpenters.
Apprentice Wage - $31 per hour
Journeyman Wage - $52 per hour
And no druggies.
The prevailing wage is one of the worst things in existence.
I have done a lot of construction projects where it is required. When I do a job in Minneapolis the LOWEST paid grunt/ laborer gets paid 49.55/hour. That’s 2 grand a week for a broom pusher.
I lied. The rate is now $51.80 per hour.
All they have to do is stay out of the weed.
And they can’t do it.
How true dat.
Nephew of mine applied to Caterpillar technician training school/program. I went with him to the orientation session of the prospective candidates. I think CAT was gonna take in 12 students; over 30 were there.
Being a worldly man and having a ton of years in the construction biz, I scanned the room full of the hopeful lads watching their mannerisms and speech and then mentally filed away my assessment.
After orientation, my nephew was concerned about his competition which I quickly laid to rest. I told him that he can speak clearly, has excellent HS grades and is clean. In that I meant that half of those candidates are gonna bust out on a drug test. Easily half.
The nephew was chosen out of the group. I heard CAT was not able to fill the 12 head count they wanted to take in. Read into that what you will.
My wife worked in a cotton mill where a drug test was required. 90% flunked the drug test even though they knew when they would be taking it.
“Northwest GA highway contractor looking to fill jobs”
Don’t waste your time looking in Atlanta. Mexicans will do the jobs Americans are too lazy and shiftless to do.
Yep...I’m down here in Atlanta. Your statement is pretty close to the mark.
Been here for three years, and our Catholic parish is slowly turning...ummmm...”international”.
“When youre charging $12 billion dollars for an aircraft carrier that wouldve cost maybe $100 million dollars during World War II you can afford to pay $50 an hour.”
$100 million in Jan 1942 = 1.6 Billion in June 2018
Essex Class carriers 1941-1950
Displacement: 30,800 tons
Length: 872-888 ft
Beam: 93 ft
Draft: 23 ft
Installed power: 150,000 shp
Gerald Ford class carrier 2017
Displacement: About 100,000 long tons
Length: 1,106 ft
256 ft (flight deck)
134 ft (waterline)
Height: 250 feet
Draft: 39 ft
Installed power: Two A1B nuclear reactors
Notice any difference?
To say nothing of the “Bang for the Buck” factor.
BTW, when I finished Boot Camp in 1968, a Private E-1 made $88/month.
Today, a Private E-1 with 4 months service makes $1,638/month.
Yeah, I made $397.50 a month in 1978. Not exactly a fortune.
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