KANSAS CITY, KS--(Marketwired - Jul 9, 2013) - TravelingNuker.com, a member of the Kansas City Startup Village, today announced the launch of its scheduling and hiring database for matching members of skilled building trade unions with upcoming maintenance or system upgrade projects at any of the 63 nuclear power plants across the United States.
"This extensive database provides all the information that any of the estimated 250,000 union tradesmen in the U.S. need to seek out work at nuclear plants anywhere in the country as utilities schedule outages for equipment maintenance, refueling projects or system upgrades," explained Christopher Baran, president. "In the past these workers would have had to rely on personal contacts and phone calls to local union halls to gather information -- and then try to coordinate travel from one plant to another to meet the utilities' needs and to maintain consistent employment during the peak spring and fall outage seasons."
The nuclear power industry accounts for 19 percent of all U.S. electricity production, representing a $70 billion annual market. The mobile union craftsmen who service these projects include virtually all trade specialties. "A single nuclear plant may need up to 3,500 temporary workers at a time for projects that may last only a week to a month, and the burden is on these specialists to track down, apply for and work on these projects -- and then move on to the next one," Baran said. "More than 30 million man-hours are worked by these supplemental tradesmen each year at the nation's 100 nuclear reactors."
The TravelingNuker.com website makes it easier and more efficient for craftsmen to schedule work and plant-to-plant travel because it gives them a "big picture" view of all industry activity, which varies greatly by plant and season. Users can sort information by project start and end dates; plant name and location; union local contact information; and more. Upcoming enhancements will include apps such as a drive time calculator for plant-to-plant travel, to facilitate work scheduling.
"Our online solution provides all of this capability for a nominal monthly subscription charge that is easily covered by a few hours work each year," Baran concluded.