Chem demil plant to fill last 250 jobs
Down to the last 250 jobs to fill, executives at the Pueblo Chemical Depot weapons destruction plant remain focused on hiring locally ahead of next year’s start of full operations
On Tuesday, the plant hosted its third major job fair of the past 18 months at the Pueblo Convention Center. The current round of hiring is focused on finding 90 people to fill jobs in areas such as ordnance, waste handling, transportation and laundry.
More rounds of hiring will come later this year as the plant finishes testing and ramps up to its full operational strength of about 1,200 workers. Last year, the plant added another 300 workers to bring its current workforce to 947.
Tuesday’s job fair featured a morning and evening session. The morning session drew more than 50 job seekers. The plant also continues to offer resume writing help and take other steps to improve Puebloans’ chances for one of the jobs.
“Our primary object is to hire locally,” said Brian Arrington, the human resources manager for the Bechtel Pueblo Team, which is overseeing the plant.
One of Arrington’s top tips for job seekers — and one of the reasons for the resume writing help — is to “make sure the resume matches the minimum and basic qualifications,” he said.
While the available jobs are more limited, and many are entry level, Arrington noted that opportunities for promotions and transfer into other jobs are common. “That’s a good part about it: People move up to other positions,” he said.
Information about the current job openings, the major contractors working at the plant and the application process is available at pueblo.bechtel.com.
Sandy Romero, communications manager at the plant, said testing of the weapons-destruction process and equipment continues to advance. The plant officially is known as the Pueblo Chemical Agent-Destruction Pilot Plant.
“It’s definitely going to be a reality soon. We’re on schedule,” Romero said.
The testing includes putting the plant’s giant remote-controlled robotic arm through trial runs of handling the munitions during the removal of the mustard agent, she said.