BUSY DAYS: Danny De-Raadt from UGL and Stanwell's maintenance superintendent, Dave Longbottom will be overseeing a busy time at Tarong. Photo Contributed
BUSY DAYS: Danny De-Raadt from UGL and Stanwell's maintenance superintendent, Dave Longbottom will be overseeing a busy time at Tarong. Photo Contributed Contributed

Tarong jobs boom with 250 positions up for grabs

THERE will be a job bonanza at Tarong Power Station, and South Burnett residents will be first in line for what's on offer.

About 250 tradespeople will be needed for a number of scheduled overhauls at the Tarong Power Station and Tarong North.

UGL, the company that handles asset maintenance at the station, will be doing the hiring, and is looking at South Burnett first for the positions.

The company's Tarong-based outage project manager Danny de Raadt said he would be on the lookout for a range of workers, including riggers, laggers, boilermakers, welders and electrical fitters, to fill the positions.

"UGL recently was awarded a four-year contract to do work at Stanwell Corporation's coal, gas and hydro power stations across Queensland and much of this work will be at Tarong Power Station in the South Burnett," Mr de Raadt said.

The work is expected to start from October and continue over the following 18 months.

Tarong site manager Dennis Franklin said the overhauls needed to be done on the power station's units every four years.

But because of shutdowns and units coming out of cold storage a number of the overhauls would be happening one after the other.

"These machines need to be inspected every four years," Mr Franklin said.

"They do wear out."

He said hiring local was also a smart business move.

"I've always had a preference for hiring local," he said. "And commercially it's better for us because we don't have to pay living expenses."

Although the positions are not permanent, he hoped they would be able to keep people on for the length of the planned 18 months of maintenance.

"We get vacancies that come up from time to time so these people will be in good stead," he said.

"These people will already have good skills but they get that internal knowledge about how a place like this works."

Applications can be delivered to the security office on site or emailed to stanwell.recruitment@ugl limited.com

Job details can be found at http://www.ugllimited.com/Job/JobDetail?jobNumber=219606.

Wanted trades

Riggers, laggers, boilermakers, welders, electrical fitters/mechanics, mechanical fitters, sheet metal workers, scaffolders

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