Construction giant Bechtel hiring 100-plus workers weekly

CONSTRUCTION company Bechtel is still hiring more than 100 workers every week for the three LNG plant sites on Curtis Island.

The expected workforce peak is 10,500, and the construction giant said 47% of those are local workers.

That peak is expected to continue until mid-2014.

But the projects are in a transitional stage from civil works to the structural and mechanical phases of construction.

Bechtel general manager Kevin Berg said the original pre-project forecast had shown a peak of 8500 but, due to an accelerated schedule, floods, the downturn in mining and metals and the easing skills shortage in some areas, the figure has blown out.

"We currently have over 10,000 people working across the three projects and on the mainland," he said.

"We are approaching our peak and will remain at peak through mid-next year."

Mr Berg said many local residents were still applying for jobs, with many joining the projects every week.

"In fact, this week, we have more than 4700 local residents working on these projects," he said.

Five thousand workers are assigned to the island, which houses 4500 at any one time.

Mr Berg said although the project was transitioning, there were still a number of critical roles Bechtel is looking to fill.

"These are pipefitters, special class welders, electricians and riggers," he said.

"We are specifically looking for people with three years experience in these fields in construction, heavy industry or maintenance operations."

People can register interest by sending their resume.



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