​Work Force Development Manager, William Walker at Sacramento Works says Siemens is looking for between 170 and 300 welders. Candidates having had some experience in welding, like experience gained while in the military, will be invited to Siemens eight-week long welding boot camp for all ages and diversity to learn to build rail cars with multiple locations and times.

The actual ‘boot camps’ will be offered in the local community colleges, such as American River and Cosumnes River Colleges. Welders will be working with stainless and low-carbon steel and aluminum. All welding is done to American Welding Standards.

According to Career GPS, welders in general earn about $18.86 medial hourly and $39,225 annually with a post-secondary non-degree award. The average annual job openings are about 40 in any given year since 2014 and projected through 2019.

This particular hiring project will be gearing up for the train that will bridge southern and northern California between San Francisco and Los Angeles, given the state’s plan to build the nation’s first bullet train. Siemen’s corporate headquarters are in Sacramento, however, and so workers will be local for building the rail cars for passengers.

The body designated to oversee the project at the policy and planning level is known as the California High Speed Rail Authority. The HSR has been tasked with the task to “contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands.”

The project is expected to be completed by 2029, and travel to both major cities within just three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. Sacramento and San Diego will be connected after San Francisco and Los Angeles, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations.

Applicants can  fill out an application on the Sacramento Works site, though Walker says it may take as long as a month to hear back while waiting on the development of the courses and logistics to develop the trainings themselves.

Karen Hansen M.S. Earth Sciences, has been writing about earth and the environmental sciences for Examiner.com since May of 2010 in addition to having been an educator and consultant who has facilitated over 200 courses for a private university. Karen loves to learn and write about clean disruptive technology and policies and the people on the planet too. She lives and works in Sacramento, CA. You can find her work at SF Solar Energy Examiner, SF Environmental News Examiner and Environmental News Examiner 

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