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Working on the nation’s first high-speed rail program is exciting, innovative, fast-paced and requires a variety of experts including planners, designers, builders and eventually operators.
Currently, more than 11,000 jobs have been created building high-speed rail in the Central Valley. These are steady union jobs that provide union wages and benefits. As hiring opportunities expand to meet the demands of building the first high-speed rail system in the nation, we are seeking individuals who can help us accomplish our objectives, meet new challenges and explore ground-breaking opportunities.
For more information about jobs with high-speed rail contractors, visit our Contractors page for the latest information about contract opportunities.
As construction continues in the Central Valley and other regions of California, there will continue to be a high demand for electricians, cement workers, steel laborers and more. Job-specific skills are essential in building the supportive structures for the high-speed rail system. Contact the job coordinators for the Design Build Contractors below to find out about jobs on the construction packages.
Construction Package 1
Yadira Lopez, Job Coordinator
Construction Package 2-3
Dragados/Flatiron Joint Venture
Rinarda Burnley, Job Coordinator
Construction Package 4
California Rail Builders
Jenn Hass, Job Coordinator
(661) 438-3440 Ext 25418
Pre-Apprentice Training Programs
The Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board is currently recruiting for its Construction Pre-Apprentice training. This training is in partnership with the Plumbers, Cement Masons, Iron Workers, Teamsters, Sheet Metals Workers, Pipefitters, Electricians and Operating Engineers Building Trades Unions. Visit valleybuild.net to sign up. The Authority partnered with the City of Selma to announce the creation of the Central Valley Training Center, a workforce development center to provide pre-apprenticeship classes and hands-on construction training for residents up and down the Central Valley who are looking for work on the nation’s first high-speed rail project. Visit cvtcprogram.com to find out more or to sign up.
Professional Services Jobs
As part of building the nation’s first high-speed rail system, there has been a tremendous need for professional services including architects, engineers, planners and other related services. Such work is necessary to complete Phase I of the high-speed rail system from San Francisco to the Los Angeles area. Learn more about State of California Jobs and AECOM Jobs (Program Delivery Support).
Putting Small Businesses to Work
Small businesses play a major role in high-speed rail. The Authority is putting small, minority, women, and veteran owned businesses to work and is committed to making active participation of small businesses a priority in all contracting phases of the high-speed rail project. Visit our Small Business page to find out more about the program, or find out how to get connected using our free ConnectHSR online vendor registry.
Get the Facts on Jobs
11,474 JOBS CREATED*
Jobs dispatched to build high-speed rail
(as of July 31, 2023)
JOBS CREATED 4,211
JOBS CREATED 4,424
JOBS CREATED 2,839
6,116 Total National Targeted Hiring Initiative (NTHI) Workers
477 Total Disadvantaged Workers
7,822 Total Journeyman Workers
1,463 Total Apprentice Workers
*Jobs Created is a comprehensive count of all jobs that have been employed by this project. This number takes into account employees who have worked with one or more subcontractors and have held one or more job(s) on this contract.
Job openings with the California High-Speed Rail Authority are posted on the CalCareers website. Obtaining employment with the California High-Speed Rail Authority involves a competitive testing and application process that consists of two phases. Read below to learn more about how to apply.
How to Apply
All applicants must complete a state application through CalCareer.
Obtaining employment with the California High-Speed Rail Authority involves a competitive testing and application process that consists of two phases:
PHASE I: THE EXAMINATION PROCESS
- Search for an Exam – You may only apply for exams designated as “open” if you are new to State employment. Any person meeting the minimum qualifications as stated on the specific exam announcement may apply for open examinations. Browse current open exams Exam/Assessment Search
- Apply for an Exam – Review the exam bulletin and determine if you meet all the criteria, including the minimum qualifications and location. Once you‘ve determined you meet the stated criteria, apply for the exam by completing the Standard State Application. Refer to the exam bulletin to determine the preferred method of applying for the exam.
- Prepare for the Exam – The exam bulletin indicates the types of testing used for the exam. This may include written tests, structured (oral) interviews, supplemental applications, education and experience, or Internet exam. Review the “Examination Information” section to find what type of test will be used and how the test will be scored. Read the “Examination Scope” section to determine what knowledge, skills, and abilities may be tested.
- After the Exam – Successful exam candidates are placed on an employment list and can start applying for job openings in the classification for which they have tested. State eligible lists are divided into ranks by score. Only candidates in the top three ranks are immediately eligible for appointment.
PHASE II: THE JOB OPENING PROCESS
There are a variety of opportunities for students to gain experience working on the California high-speed rail project. Students that have worked on the project have gone on to land full-time positions with the State, our prime contractors and small businesses. The Authority, and many other departments throughout California provide Student Assistant jobs covering a wide range of work including information technology, engineering, human resources, and strategic communications. We value students and know they are essential in building the nation’s first high-speed rail system, whether from the office or a construction site.
Questions or comments related to job opportunities may be directed to the Authority’s Human Resources Branch at 916-324-1541 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Compensation & Benefits: New & Current Employees
- Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- CalHR Career Mobility Resources
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