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Southern Company Security Officer - Plant McDonough in Smyrna, Georgia

Security Officer - Plant McDonough


Security Officer - Plant McDonough

Atlanta, Georgia

No relocation benefits available

Physical abilities and psychological testing required


The Security Officer position is responsible for protecting Georgia Power employees, contractors, visitors and property. Enforce and administer established rules, procedures and appropriate laws. Respond to alarms and security requests for security services. Process personnel for access authorization to Plant McDonough in accordance with established procedures. Interpret procedures and regulations and be able to make decisions regarding plant access control.


Education Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

Experience Requirements:

  • Must possess and/or obtain a valid Georgia driver’s license

  • Experience in the military, law enforcement, corrections, or armed security with a strong background in customer service and external relations preferred

  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system is desired

  • Computer experience – ability to proficiently use Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook

  • Fluency in Spanish a plus

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to learn and enforce plant security policies and procedures as required

  • Ability to learn and/or have knowledge of company policies, procedures, Local, State and Federal criminal laws and their application to private security

  • Ability to learn and/or have knowledge of power plant operations

  • Ability to administer basic first aid/CPR

  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills, problem solving skills, decision making skills, and negotiating skills

  • Demonstrates strong attention to detail and accuracy

  • Possess strong interpersonal skills with an emphasis on customer service

  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment

  • Ability to operate numerous electronic security systems simultaneously

  • Ability to direct and control traffic

  • Demonstrates a proven ability to handle crisis situations, threat alerts, and communications with outside agencies

  • Ability to persuade, motivate and influence others

  • Ability to prioritize and perform work in absence of direct supervision

  • Ability to work in a fast- paced environment with multiple or changing priorities under minimum supervision

  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain strict confidentiality

  • Ability to work rotating shifts and be flexible to schedule changes

Other Requirements:

  • Must be 21 years of age

  • Must meet all local, State and Federal requirements pertaining to the issuance of a firearm and there application to private security

  • Must be able to obtain an Armed Security Officer License issued by the State Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies

  • Must be able to pass a background check for the Georgia Board of Private Detective and Security Agencies

  • Must be able to pass a State mandated private security officer training

  • Must pass the following job prerequisites: company psychological test, physical, background investigation, and drug test

  • Must successfully complete the required tests associated with this position

  • Must qualify for firearm use and re-qualify with semi-automatic pistol and pump action shotgun at least twice annually (day and night firing qualifications) with a minimum passing score of 80% or better

  • Individual will be required to be sprayed with O.C. Pepper Spray during training

  • Must be able to work rotating shifts: days, evenings, nights, weekends, holidays, and overtime

  • Must be able and willing to work in severe weather conditions

Security Officer Required Physical Demands

Routine Required Physical Demands

  1. Lift and carry 40 pounds, 50 feet: 3-4 hours per 8 or 12 hours shift

  2. Stand: up to 5.5 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  3. Sit: up to 5.5 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  4. Walk: up to 2.5 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  5. Drive: up to 5.5 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  6. Climb: up to 2.0 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

(will be required to climb 125 stairs at one time on a regular basis).

  1. Balance: up to 2.5 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  2. Bend/Stoop: up to 2.5 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  3. Kneel: up to 2.5 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  4. Crouch: up to 2.5 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  5. Push/Pull: up to 2.5 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  6. Squat: up to 2.5 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  7. Reach above shoulder level: up to 2.5 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  8. Work alone: up to 8.0 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  9. Grasp with both hands: up to 5.5 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  10. Fine manipulation with both hands: up to 2.5 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  11. Keyboarding: up to 2.5 hours per 8 or 12 hour shift

  12. Work at heights

  13. See at near and far distances at least 20/40 acuity in each eye, with or without


  1. Recognize and distinguish among control devices showing red, green, and

amber colors

  1. Binocular vision

  2. At least 70º peripheral vision in horizontal meridian in each eye

  3. Hear a forced whisper at 5 feet

  4. Tolerate exposure to non-lethal substances (i.e. OC spray, tear gas)

  5. Tolerate exposure to marked changes in temperature, and humidity or


  1. Tolerate exposure to dust, fumes, gases, chemicals

  2. Ability to obtain a valid Georgia Driver’s license

  3. Ability to qualify with firearms

  4. Ability to obtain armed security officer license issued by State Board of Private Detectives

Emergency Required Physical Demands

  1. Run 100 yards with standard issue gear within 90 seconds

  2. Climb 35 feet of stairs with standard issue gear within 60 seconds

  3. Lift 35 pounds and carry 50 yards with standard issue gear within 90 seconds

  4. Easily maneuver through 24 inch opening/passage with standard issue gear

Safety Sensitive

Georgia Power Company has classified this position as "Safety Sensitive" and as such is subject to relevant pre-employment screening(s) to determine fitness for duty. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the applicant successfully completing all required fitness assessments

Subject to the Georgia Power Company Smoke Free Workplace Policy: You must be free from all tobacco products (including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snuff, patch and/or gum), at least six months prior to applying for this position.

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the Company's promise to 2.6 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the Company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit at and connect with the Company on Facebook ( ), Twitter ( ) and Instagram ( ).

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: Security

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Smyrna

Operating Company: Georgia Power Company

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): No

Union Covered: No

Work Location(s):

Plant McDonough - 5551 South Cobb Drive (5551SMYRNA)

5551 South Cobb Drive

Smyrna, 30080

Req ID: GPC2007252

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