What impact does the UAMPS CFPP Project have on Eastern Idaho jobs?
The project will create a need for about 1000 construction jobs at its peak, for about 2-3 years. The types of jobs are typical of nuclear construction: welders, riggers, pipe-fitters, masons, carpenters, millwrights, sheet metal workers, electricians, ironworkers, heavy equipment operators, engineering, planning and security professionals to name a few. Many of these jobs will require specialized training and/or certification. UAMPS has not done a detailed analysis of this; the PST will watch for additional information in this regard.
Once the plant is operational, full-time plant employment will be about 360 with average salaries of about $85,000. The skill sets and types of jobs would be typical of an operating nuclear plant: certified operators, electrical and mechanical maintenance, chemists, security, and administrative to name a few.
In addition to the direct benefit of additional employment in Eastern Idaho, there are other indirect economic benefits and associated job multipliers. UAMPS indicates that preference for hiring local individuals will be exercised to the extent that the required skills and qualified personnel can be identified locally.