Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Francisco Diaz attaches a support to an oil rig wall under construction at Beacon Maritime in Orange on Friday, Nov. 25, 2005. Orange County expects 2,000 new jobs in the next year as oil exploration and shipbuilding surges. However, welders, fitters and other construction workers are difficult to find due to Hurricane Rita reconstruction.
Jorge Figueroa (top) and Alejo Alvarez (bottom) work on an oil rig addition at Beacon Maritime in Orange.