Ameren Skilled Craft Education Program participants were treated to a tour of the Sioux Power Plant in West Alton, Missouri on April 24th. Students toured all levels of the plant including the cyclone boiler, the emissions scrubber system, coal reserves and conveyers, and the computer control centers which run and monitor the plant. They were also treated to a luncheon and meetings with managers from the plant who answered questions and shared an overview of the plant’s functions.
Two North Tech graduates, George Bazzle (2016, Electrical Trades) and Charles Rowe (2016, Precision Machining), who were recently hired by Ameren to work at the Sioux plant joined the students during lunch and shared their experiences. All Ameren plant employees begin as laborers earning approximately $17 an hour. With overtime, Bazzle and Rowe will earn around $55,000 in their first year with the utility provider. Both emphasized the importance of starting good habits now because punctuality is critical to a successful career with Ameren. Opportunities to move upward are frequent and Bazzle and Rowe encouraged students to always be working towards their next goals. Ambitious and responsible employees can move into apprenticeships with higher pay and specialized training.
During May, Ameren will be sending representatives from their Human Resources department to North and South Tech to administer their pre-employment exam to our Skilled Craft Education Program participants. This is a big advantage for our students due to the volume of applicants Ameren experiences when openings are posted.
To learn more about the Skilled Craft Education Program, click here.