Chemistry Technician

Waynesboro, GA


Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company, manages and operates eight nuclear power electric generating plants in Alabama and Georgia. The two new Westinghouse AP1000 reactors at Plant Vogtle, near Waynesboro, GA, made the facility the largest in the U.S. with four reactors on one site. This is an exciting time to join the Southern Company team and share your talents with a growing and progressive organization!

Summary of Position Duties

We currently have opportunities located at our Plant Vogtle 1&2 facility for Chemistry Technicians. As a Chemistry Technician your expertise and training will play a critical role in minimizing impurity ingress to ensure component and system protection, maintaining fuel integrity, controlling the radiation field of the operating units, and will be critical to the initial testing and commercial operation of the new units. Through your efforts, Plant Vogtle will continue to produce efficient and reliable power to serve Georgia’s residents.

Job responsibilities include water sampling and analysis, chemical additions to plant systems, chemical analyses, radio-chemistry, laboratory Quality Assurance and Quality Control analyses, field monitoring, preparing reports.


  • Required: Four year degree from an accredited college or university in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Physics or other Physical Science major or equivalent as determined by management; with BS degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, preferred.

  • Any Physical Science major BS Degree other than a BS in Chemistry will require advanced Chemistry courses.

  • In lieu of degree - Qualification as U.S. Navy Nuclear Engineering Laboratory Technician (ELT).


  • Three years nuclear power plant experience preferred.

  • One-year laboratory experience preferred, which may include college laboratory experience.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Demonstrated commitment to safe laboratory practices.

  • Knowledge of laboratory analytical techniques and applied power plant water conditioning concepts.

  • Analytical instrumentation, make up demineralizers, ion exchange resin principles, chemical and physical properties.

  • Familiar with environmental sampling, methods, requirements and practices.

  • Working knowledge of computer software programs.

Behavior Attributes

  • Excellent communication skills and working knowledge of safe work procedures.

  • Accountable for performance and results.

  • Superior teamwork including respect towards all co-workers.

  • Commitment towards achieving Plant Vogtle’s business goals and desired business results.

Test Qualifications

  • Candidates must successfully pass the EEI Technician Occupations Selection System (TECH) test.

Other Requirements

  • This position will require shift work which includes nights, weekends, and holidays.

This position is covered under a collective bargaining unit and will pay an hourly rate of $42.669.

Behavioral Attributes

Employees of Southern Company and Southern Nuclear exemplify Southern Company Values, which are actions and behaviors that are modeled in their everyday work-life. Candidates for employment are also expected to exhibit these attributes. What we seek are individuals who exhibit:

  • Safety First - We actively care about the safety and well-being of our employees, customers, and communities. Safely approaching every job, every day, always comes first.

  • Intentional Inclusion – We are One Team, working to foster a culture of belonging and ensuring our diverse team feels valued. Investing in an equitable culture benefits employees, customers, communities, and shareholders.

  • Act with integrity – We act with honesty, respect, and fairness, demonstrating trustworthiness in all we do. We are true to our word and follow through on our commitments.

  • Superior Performance – We keep customers at the center of everything we do, with a focus on continuous improvement. We provide exceptional service, delivering innovative solutions that benefit our customers, communities, investors, and the environment.

Southern Nuclear is a leader among the nation’s nuclear energy operators, running six – soon to be eight – units for Alabama Power and Georgia Power. For more than 40 years, the company has operated nuclear energy facilities at the highest levels of safety and reliability, creating carbon-free electricity for millions of homes and businesses.

SNC prioritizes the health and safety of the public and its employees above all else, operating its facilities safely, reliably and affordably for customers and communities while using innovative technologies and practices that enhance performance. This work is enabled by the continuous development, leadership and skills of a high-performing workforce.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy provider serving 9 million residential and commercial customers across the Southeast and beyond through its family of companies. Providing clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy with excellent service is our mission. The company has electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company with national capabilities, a fiber optics network, and telecommunications services. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, resilience, and sustainability, we are taking action to meet our customers’ and communities’ needs while advancing our commitment to net zero emissions by 2050. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and are the key to our sustained success. We are transforming energy into economic, environmental and social progress for tomorrow. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have earned the company national awards and recognition from numerous organizations, including Forbes, Military Times, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, J.D. Power, Fortune, Human Rights Campaign and more. To learn more, visit

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Identification: 6102

Job Category: Power Plant Operations & Maintenance

Job Schedule: Full time

Company: Southern Nuclear