A two-day career fair for employees at the San Onofre nuclear plant will be held this week following the June 7 announcement that the plant’s Units 2 and 3 will be permanently retired.

The event will take place July 10-11 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa with about 37 confirmed employers. Among them are Diablo Canyon, Duke Energy, Southern Company, Comanche Peak, Palo Verde Nuclear, NRG Energy, Exelon and PTE Energy.

“People from all over the country are coming here,” said Peggy Schmidt, human resources manager for San Onofre, who has been coordinating the event and working with prospective employers. “We have many industries interested, not just nuclear energy.”

Schmidt said the response from prospective employers has been very positive and has also been met with eager anticipation by employees at the San Onofre nuclear plant. Employees will be allowed to take paid time off to attend one of the two days of the career fair.

“Our employees are very appreciative just to know that we are reaching out to potential employers and putting on a career fair just for San Onofre employees,” she added. “People are really excited to see the number of interested nuclear facilities and companies located here in Southern California. We want to help our employees.”

The San Onofre nuclear plant’s workforce of about 1,500 will be reduced to 600 this fall as preparations are made to decommission the 2,200-megawatt plant.

“This is a great opportunity,” said Liese Mosher, manager of nuclear communications at the San Onofre nuclear plant. “There are employers out there who very much want to hire our people.  There are lots of opportunities for a wide range of skills all across the country.”

Effective resume writing classes and webinars are being offered to plant employees. And a four-day, 10-hour work week has been put in effect, allowing employees more flexibility for job searches. Schmidt is also working on an open house event for job openings at Southern California Edison (SCE).

Both represented and non-represented plant employees are expected to attend the company-sponsored fair.