LIMA — Dominion East Ohio is holding its largest hiring event in 23 years, with available positions that start at more than $20 an hour.
At Dominion’s facility in Lima, the company has five open positions for construction and maintenance helpers. To be considered for the job, applicants must have their high school or GED diploma, along with a temporary Commercial Driver License.
“It’s been about 23 years since we’ve had this many positions open at one time, so we’re excited to be able to offer this opportunity to people in the community,” said Peggy Ehora, external affairs manager for Dominion’s West Ohio Division.
The job requires a variety of skilled tasks that include maintenance and construction work on natural gas pipelines, meters and other equipment associated with natural gas distribution. Workers will also perform pipeline-related tasks, such as leak repair, leak surveys, line locating, pipeline monitoring, and documentation of all work performed.
Individuals may apply for the position by visiting Dominion’s corporate website, dom.com/careers, or through OhioMeansJobs-Allen County. Though both ways are acceptable, Ehora recommends applying through OMJ.
“The great thing about OhioMeansJobs is that they can go through the screening process with them, and they have opportunities to get the help they need to obtain the certifications,” she said. “They will also have an opportunity to meet with us face-to-face prior to a formal application.”
Ehora said this will mark the first time Dominion has met with prospective employees before they have officially applied.
“That’s a whole new concept for us … certainly there is some advantage,” she said.
Joe Patton, workforce development coordinator for OMJ-Allen County, said the organization is helping screen candidates for Dominion. Prospective candidates who visit OMJ-Allen County will work with job coaches. These coaches will take candidates through the process of obtaining the necessary certification.
Job coaches “can help let you know what you need to do to get that temporary permit, which is a very simple process through the” Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Patton said. “We have all the booklets and things to help train them to take the [CDL] test at the job center.”
Patton said they will also help candidates with their résumés, and will guide them through the application process.
“If they come in and get their résumé done and are accepted into our screening process, they’ll be invited to a following event that leads them to the application for Dominion Gas,” he said, adding that the the event will include a face-to-face meeting with Dominion representatives.
To apply through OMJ, email résumés to Brock.Schmidt@jfs.ohio.gov. by noon Feb. 16. After résumés are submitted, applicants will proceed to the next phase of the hiring process on Feb. 17.
For those who do not wish to apply through OMJ, the position will also be listed on Dominion’s website within the next several days.
Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @bush_lima