Hundreds of job seekers lined up outside Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s Education Center in Avila Valley on Friday afternoon hoping for a chance to land employment at Diablo Canyon Power Plant.

PG&E is looking to hire about 1,000 supplemental employees to help with an outage this fall at the nuclear power plant and hosted a well-attended job fair at the Education Center to locate those individuals.

During an outage, back-up workers from the local community and around the country assist Diablo’s nearly 1,500 employees on projects that support the continued safe and reliable operation of the nuclear power plant.

“As the largest private employer in the region, we believe it’s important local community members have the opportunity to apply at PG&E,” said Blair Jones, Diablo Canyon spokesman, about why the electric company held the event.

Temporary positions to be filled for the upcoming outage include administrative, maintenance and mechanical.

America’s Job Centers of California also was at the hiring fair that drew more than 500 individuals informing participants about employment opportunities not related to PG&E and Diablo Canyon, Jones said.

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