Rio Grande LNG has the potential to bring thousands of jobs to the Rio Grande Valley. Find out more about the kinds of jobs and what you can be doing now to move to the front of the line!
Rio Grande LNG is committed to being a good neighbor and corporate citizen, that’s why we’re working around the clock to make sure as many of the jobs that we create will go to the hardworking men and women of the Rio Grande Valley. From our detailed design and engineering studies and our partnership with one of the best engineering and construction contractors in the world, we know that if our project moves forward, it will bring with it thousands of jobs in the construction industry and over 200 permanent operations positions. On top of that, a recently completed study conducted by The Perryman Group found that our project when fully built will support several thousand more indirect and induced jobs in Cameron County and the Rio Grande Valley.
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Rio Grande LNG Would Provide Major Boost to Local Economy
A recent study conducted by Texas based independent economic research company, The Perryman Group, found that, should the project move forward, NextDecade Corporation’s proposed Rio Grande LNG project and its associated Rio Bravo Pipeline would provide a major economic boost to Cameron County and the greater South Texas community.
The study estimated that over the course of construction and operations, the Rio Grande LNG project would inject billions of dollars into the local economy, supporting more than an estimated 3,000 permanent jobs in Cameron County and contributing millions in new tax dollars.
Construction of the facility and the pipeline is expected to create roughly 6,000 direct jobs with additional well-paid permanent jobs at the facility expected to exceed 200. Rio Grande LNG is actively working with local business, social, and educational organizations to maximize its ability to hire and buy locally. These efforts are expected to help us hire more than 80% of our permanent workforce locally. An essential part of this work is understanding the long-term vision of the region to incorporate training that addresses the future needs of the Rio Grande Valley, as well as those of the project.
The full press release in English and Spanish as well as the economic impact report can be found here.
What kinds of jobs?
We estimate that the construction of Rio Grande LNG and the Rio Bravo Pipeline will require up to 6,000 construction workers for a period of nearly 7 years. We don’t want to bring in workers from outside the Valley unless we have to, and fortunately, there are plenty of trained workers here already and training organizations that can provide the skills needed to work for Rio Grande LNG during the construction process. You can start training as early as High School and be work ready by the time you graduate. From first-level helpers to specialized welders, there are jobs for nearly everyone in the construction industry. Read on below to find out how you can qualify for one of the many positions that will be available.
Permanent, full-time well-paid jobs at Rio Grande LNG are anticipated to exceed 200. With first operations not expected to begin until the end of 2020, there’s plenty of time for motivated individuals from the Rio Grande Valley to prepare themselves for these positions. As the project progresses, Rio Grande LNG will be providing much greater information on the specific jobs and the educational requirements needed to qualify. Operating an LNG export facility requires a large number of individuals from a variety of backgrounds, allowing more people to share in the benefits. Types of jobs that are expected include: Engineering, Administrative, Skilled Crafts, Security, Field Operators, Data Control, Operations Supervisors, Process Technology Specialists and more.
A recent study by The Perryman Group found that when Rio Grande LNG is at full operations, it will support more than 3000 jobs in Cameron County alone. These indirect and induced jobs are created by the projects need for goods and services provided locally as well as the stimulating impact on the local economy from the creation of new, direct jobs and wealth that will be created locally.
Up to 6,000 construction jobs for the construction of the Rio Grande LNG facility and the Rio Bravo Pipeline
Construction is expected to last roughly 7-years
Jobs will come from a variety of educational backgrounds
Training can begin while in High School and employment upon graduation
Hundreds of hard-working men and women from the RGV are already working for McDermott (formerly CB&I) on their other projects on the US Gulf Coast, the Rio Grande LNG project will provide an opportunity for those workers to come home.
If you’re looking for work now and willing to travel, you can search current openings with McDermott (formerly CB&I) other projects in Texas and Louisiana, and then transfer back to the Valley when our project begins – view current job openings online here.
Let’s Get Specific
So what jobs exactly are we talking about? Take a look below to see many of the positions that we will be looking to fill. Most positions will require at least some NCCER training certification, an industry standard upheld across most of the construction industry.
Looking for more detailed information on the jobs and their associated NCCER recommended certification requirements? Click HERE.
There are numerous training and workforce development resources available. Below you will find a list of some of those that may be of interest to you!
NCCER – The National Center for Construction Education and Research – Provider of industry standard construction training and certification
McDermott – Rio Grande LNG’s preferred Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) contractor – Click the link to see current job openings on current McDermott (formerly CB&I) projects
BYF.ORG – Build Your Future, Build America – Resource for educators and job seekers. This organization provides information on the range of craft jobs, the training needs to enter those fields and the average wages associated with each profession.
ABC – Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. South Texas Chapter – ABC is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.
McAllen Careers Institute – provider of post-secondary and vocational careers. The Institute offers specialized instruction leading toward national certification or a certificate of completion in the respective fields of study.
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute (STVT) – With more than 40 years of experience as a trade school STVT has provided Texas students with career-focused education that’s designed to help them prepare for new careers in some of today’s most desired fields, including construction and craft skills.