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Students Tour Dumfries Power Station on Career Day

By Potomac Local November 19, 2012 2:30 pm

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Palmer Rhea demonstrates some of the welding techniques he uses at his job at Dominion Virginia Power’s Possum Point Power Generation Station. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Palmer Rhea demonstrates some of the welding techniques he uses at his job at Dominion Virginia Power’s Possum Point Power Generation Station. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

DUMFIRES, Va. – What does the inside of the Possum Point Power station look like? Just ask 74 students who toured the facility last week as part of a special field trip two the facility in Dumfries owned by Dominion Virginia Power.

While there the students got an overview of what it’s like to work in the power generation station, and what operations take place in the station’s welding shop, maintenance shed, and environmental sciences department.

For Dominion, it’s a chance to showcase some of the many technical careers available to students who will be advancing from high school.

From employees in their power generation stations to linemen, Dominion is hiring.

“It’s a great company to work for but the work is not easy. There are long hours, unpredictable hours. If we have an outage in the middle of the night you could be called on the middle of the night to make repairs,” said spokeswoman Le-Ha Anderson.

But the pay and benefits are good, all training is provided, and those hired by Dominion usually stay with the company for a lengthy career, said Anderson. And while many are in need of working in the recession, the power company says cost of living and traffic congestion make for hiring challenges in Northern Virginia.

The field trips occur about once a year and are a collaboration with Prince William County Public Schools.

Bill Van Bears demonstrates an industrial hacksaw to the students. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

 

Kevin Battick shows the control room of the power plant to the students and answers any questions they have. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

 

(Photo: Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

Bill Philpott (on right), a mechanical welder for Dominion Virginia Power, talks to the students about the art of making a good welding joint. (Mary Davidson/PotomacLocal.com)

 

 

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