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Southern Company NDE Technician in Coastal Area, Mississippi

NDE Technician


NDE Technician

SCS – Technical and Project Solutions, Technical Services – NDE Dept


  • This position may have some flexibility for remote teleworking occasionally but must maintain a consistent presence at Southern Company Generation Plant sites

  • The successful candidate must currently reside within the traditional Southern Company Generation footprint – Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi


  • This position will require travel (travel time is variable over the course of the year, but at certain times can be over 75%)

  • Travel is typically seasonal (mainly Spring and Fall) based upon Plant Outage Schedules.

  • This will include overnight travel and will be primarily within the Southern Company Generation Fleet, to include GA, AL, MS, NC, and TX.

  • This will also include any travel associated with shop inspections/surveillance that may be needed.


This position provides leadership, direction and technical oversight for the performance of non-destructive examination and testing of plant equipment and components at various Electric Generating Facilities throughout the Southern Company Generation Fleet.

This position will primarily support the North Georgia Region (Bowen, Hammond, Wansley, and McDonough) Generating Plants. However, this position will also support other NDE needs across the Southern Company Generating Fleet and will require travel to support these locations. These positions are filled at a Non-exempt level 7 or 8, depending on background and experience.


  • Provide technical oversight for various non-destructive testing inspections throughout fleet.

  • Perform audits over contract NDE resource standards, processes and work products.

  • Develop associated Audit Reports and review with contract NDE resources.

  • Develop governance and standards for non-destructive testing practices performed within Southern Company Fleet.

  • Perform inspection and testing in non-destructive methods utilizing experience and certifications, calibrated equipment, written practices, and procedures (e.g. ultrasonic, liquid penetrant, film interpretation, etc.).

  • Supervise the performance of non-destructive testing methods by other NDE technicians (including radiography). Scope may include field inspection/testing at our generating plants, shop and field surveillance/inspections and work at other company entities (gas lines, corporate offices, etc.).

  • Accept/reject items or processes based on non-destructive testing, field inspection or surveillance to assure maximum quality and safety.

  • Assist in the recommendation of equipment purchases that may have long range impact on work commitments and/or costs as required.

  • Utilize resources and equipment to support emergency requests and minimize impact on previously scheduled commitments.

  • Recommend inspection/testing activities that will identify deficiencies in workmanship/equipment and participate in their implementation when required.

  • Must be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the event of an emergency.

  • Participate in “on the job training” and other training classes.

  • Attend departmental and section meetings as required.

  • Review and evaluate manpower and equipment to ensure it is capable and sufficient to satisfy work requirements.

  • Coordinate support at our sites across multiple parties and efficiently communicate with vendors, peers, supervision, etc.


Knowledge & Experience

Technical knowledge with verifiable, active certifications in one or more of the following non-destructive testing techniques. Note that 6 Level II Certifications are strongly preferred out of the 7 Core Testing Techniques (as noted below).

  1. Radiographic Testing – Core Testing Technique

  2. Magnetic Particle Testing – Core Testing Technique

  3. Liquid Penetrant Testing – Core Testing Technique

  4. Ultrasonic Thickness Testing – Core Testing Technique

  5. Ultrasonic Phased Array Testing – Core Testing Technique

  6. Ultrasonic Shear Wave Testing – Core Testing Technique

  7. Visual Examination – Core Testing Technique

  8. Ultrasonic Time of Flight Diffraction Testing

  • *PLEASE NOTE* - Recertification to Southern Company standards by the Corporate Level III is required within 6 months for 5 of the Core ASNT Level II Certifications listed above.

Experience in the following types of industrial inspections and practices is also highly preferred.

  1. Material & Test Equipment Calibration

  2. Hanger Inspections

  3. Boiler Inspections

  4. Turbine Inspections

  5. Welding Inspections

  6. Replication Metallography


The skills required include interpersonal, technical, leadership, administrative, clerical, analytical thinking, written and communication skills. These will be utilized in the following manner:

  • Model Southern Company’s Core Values – Safety Conscious and Interpersonal skills in dealing with various customers and plant personnel.

  • Ability to provide oversight and auditing over NDE Processes

  • Technical and analytical thinking skills required to determine the condition of existing equipment and items.

  • Professionalism with a business and customer mindset

  • Non-destructive testing skills to assure that inspection methods are properly employed in the evaluation of equipment and items.

  • Written and oral communication skills to communicate/report to other team members, leaders and plant contacts/clients.

Behavioral Attributes

  • Demonstrate Southern Company Values – Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment.

  • Safety focus and a strong personal safety record.


  • Relocation assistance is not guaranteed, but may be considered, if the selected candidate currently resides outside of a reasonable commute distance.


  • Competitive Pay

  • Excellent benefits packages which includes:

  • Medical and dental coverage

  • Defined Pension/Cash Balance Benefit Plan

  • Performance-sharing plan

  • 401(k) plan with a generous company match

  • Bonus opportunities

  • Tuition Reimbursement

*Please submit an updated resume with your application*

Southern Company (NYSE: SO ) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at .

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 Field: Power Plant Operations & Maintenance

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Alabama, United States, Georgia, Mississippi-Coastal Area

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 75 % of the Time

Union Covered: No

Work Location(s):

The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)

3535 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham, 35243

Req ID: SCS2010650