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Old 06-16-2011, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Hi everybody been awhile since I have posted on here anyway we would love to move to Kingsport but I would like to know the need for welders. My husband is currently a welding foreman for a rail company. He basically fixes the rails. He does have many certifications in welding. We currently live in Wyoming and need to move closer to family in Michigan. We have been to Tennessee before for our honeymoon and loved it and would love to move here. Any info would be greatly appreciated Thanks everone
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Sullivan County, Tennessee
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I can't speak to any specific opening for the welding craft. However, CSX is the only rail line actually in Kingsport. Their main center for operations and maintenance in this region is in Erwin, TN. Norfolk-Southern has a main line through this area (Bristol- Johnson City- Greenville) along with several branch lines. I think N-S maintenance is probably concentrated around Roanoke, VA and Knoxville, TN (Sevier Yard).

There is a large chemical manufacturing presence in Kingsport and much of their welding is contracted to Jacobs. Openings come and go with project loads.
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Thanks so much for the info I will check into the info you gave me. Once again thank you!
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:32 PM
 
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Go place an application at the main office for Jacobs Field Services. It is located on Jared Dr. right behind the Eastman facilities. If he is hired, they will give him a hands-on test and if he passes, he will start out at about $22.40 an hour as a welder.

The biggest problem that I foresee is that the bottom could drop out with Eastman at any time. They are currently doing very well in spite of the national economy's condition. For that reason, they are building up and hiring contractors to upgrade and build new facilities. Once they tap their supply completely, they will lay everyone off.
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Old 06-18-2011, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Thanks for the info I will have him apply ( :
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:11 PM
 
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Thanks for the info I will have him apply ( :
Oh, and he will get all the overtime he could ever want. Jacobs has a contract with Eastman that basically states that they will pay them a million a day if they go past their deadlines on capital projects. For that reason, there is always overtime somewhere. He might be able to work 40 hours a week, but he could quite possibly work 60-70 hours weekly.
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Old 06-19-2011, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Wyoming
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is it pretty easy to get hired at jacobs? My husband is a pretty good welder but you know some places you have to know someone to get hired. Thanks
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Old 06-19-2011, 06:14 AM
 
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is it pretty easy to get hired at jacobs? My husband is a pretty good welder but you know some places you have to know someone to get hired. Thanks
Well, I cannot state this definitively, but Jacobs seems to be on a hiring rampage. The reason there is so much overtime is that we do not have enough workers to do the jobs that are there. The best thing to do is just call them and ask about openings for welders. I was hired because of my connections, so I cannot really attest to any of that. Regardless, from my experience, they need people. They may not need welders, but that is why you should call. But like I said, do not expect for this to be a permanent job. Your husband could get laid off in just a year. Jacobs is a construction company that works only capital projects. Once those capital projects are gone, they might be given the boot entirely or they will lay off a tremendous amount of workers and keep a skeleton crew for maintenance and small projects.
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Great thanks so much I'll have him give them a call. All your information is very helpful hopefully we will be leaving the end of july.
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