Advanced Manufacturing Job Openings | Connecting Point | Feb. 20, 2019

Advanced Manufacturing Job Openings | Connecting Point | Feb. 20, 2019


>>WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS HAS
BENEFIT OPPORTUNITIES ADVANCED OPPORTUNITIES BUT THERE
ARE NOT ENOUGH SKILLED WORKERS AND I VISITED PEER ALSOLESS PREN
AND FOUND THE CHALLENGE IS FINDING WORKERS. KATELYN FORENSIC WORKS AT PEER
PEERLESS MANUFACTURING. SHE EVERYONED HER ASSOCIATE’S
DEGREE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING.>>I WAS OFFERED A PAID
INTERNSHIP AND I TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY AND THAT’S HOW I
ENDED UP HERE? THE MACHINE PARTS FOR THE
AEROSPACE AND DEFENSE INDUSTRY.>>WHEN I FIRST STARTED WORKING
HERE, EVERYBODY WAS VERY INVITING. THEY IF JUST THROW ME ON A JOB
AND TELL ME FIGURE IT OUT. EVERYBODY WAS REALLY HELPFUL AND
HELPED ME TO GET MY CONFIDENCE UP TO WHERE I COULD WORK BY
MYSELF CONFIDENTLY. AND IT WAS REALLY AWESOME.>>THE COMPANY IS OWNED BY
KRISTEN KARLSON.>>THERE’S NOT A LOT OF US OUT
THERE. I ENCOURAGE MORE WOMEN TO GET
INTO THE FIELD. I SPEAK TO MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND
HIGH SCHOOLS, FOCUSING ON THE YOUNG WOMEN AND HOW AWESOME IT
IS TO BE ROCKING AS A WOMEN IN A MALE-DOMINATED INDUSTRY.>>AEROSPACE WE’RE MAKING
COMPONENTS THAT GO INTO ENGINES, LANDING GEAR AND ON THE DEFENSE
SIDE, COMPONENTS THAT GO INTO THE SMART SYSTEMS FOR THE U.S.
NAVY AND FIRING MECHANISMS AND COMPONENTS THAT GO INTO THE
CRYOGENIC SYSTEMS. WE FOUND OUT PARTS WERE MADE IN
OUR SHOP THAT FOUND THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER.>>RICK I GRADUATED FROM WEST
TECHNICAL ACADEMY IN 2000 AND I STARTED HERE AS A COOP STUDENT
MY JUNIOR YEAR IN HIGH SCHOOL AND HAVE BEEN HERE EVER SINCE. I THINK IT’S A GOOD CAREER. THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM FOR
ADVANCEMENT AND GOOD TO ME.>>ENTRY LEVEL WORKERS MAKE $15
A WORKER BUT GO UP QUICKLY THERE. AFTER FIVE YEARS, THE SAME
WORKERS CAN MAKE UP TO $50,000 AND FOR RECENT HIGH SCHOOL
GRADUATES, IT’S AN ATTRACTIVE WORKER BECAUSE PEERLESS HAS A
COLLEGE TUITION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM. EXPERIENCE MACHINISTS CAN MAKE
UP TO SIX FIGURES AND PEERLESS HAS 34 EMPLOYEES AND LOOKING TO
EXPAND. THE PROBLEM THEY FACE IS FINDING
SKILLED WORKERS.>>THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS LOW
RIGHT NOW WHICH IS GOOD EXCEPT FOR THOSE OF US LOOKING TO HIRE. WE’RE EITHER TAKING THEM FROM
OTHER SHOPS OR YOU JUST CAN’T FIND THEM. THE MAJORITY OF OUR NEW HIRES
ARE ENTRY LEVEL, LITTLE TO KNOW TRAINING BEFOREHAND. PEERLESS HAS AN EXPANSION PLAN
TO START NEXT YEAR. I HAVE THE SPACE ON THE OTHER
SIDE OF OUR BUILDING BUT WHAT WILL COME DOWN TO IS WHERE WILL
I FIND THE PEOPLE WHEN IT EXPANSION IS DONE.>>KARLSON WENT WITH THE OWNER
OF WEST SPRINGFIELD FOR THE ISSUE OF CREATING A PIPELINE OF
SKILLED WORKERS AND ACCORDING TO MASS HIRE, THE WORKFORCE BOARD,
OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS, THERE ARE 1400 JOB OPENINGS FOR
EMPLOYEES.>>A SKILLED WORKFORCE IS A
PROBLEM, NOT JUST FOR THE WORKING INDUSTRY BUT PRECISION
MACHINE INDUSTRY. YOU NEED SKILLED WORKFORCE TO DO
THE MACHINING SIDE OF THINGS OR WELDING SIDE OF THINGS AND WE’RE
JUST NOT GRADUATING ENOUGH STUDENTS TO HELP FILL THAT
PIPELINE WITH THE AGING WORKFORCE.>>KELP SAYS ALL HIGH SCHOOLS,
NOT JUST THE VOCATIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS NEED TO INTRODUCE THEM
TO THE TRADES. THERE RIGHT NOW WE KNOW WE HAVE
SO MANY PEOPLE WITH HIGH SCHOOL DEGREES WHO CAN’T AFFORD THOSE
COLLEGE DEGREES AND DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WELDING OR
MACHINING AND CAN’T FIND A JOB. THAT WAS NOT THE CASE FOR DAVID
ORTEGA. THE 21-YEAR-OLD IS NOW THE LEAD
ROBOTIC’S PROGRAMMER AND RECENTLY BOUGHT A HOUSE.>>MY FENDS ARE FRIENDS ARF
COLLEGE AND THEY HAVE 150,000 IN DEBT ALREADY AND THAT SCARES ME
SO MUCH. THAT’S NOT MY SITUATION.>>WITH NOT ENOUGH SKILLED
WORKERS TO FILL THE OPENED POSITIONS AT COMPANIES IN
WESTERN MASS, ORTEGA SAYS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SHOULD CONSIDER
ALL ONSES.>>I DID THE VOCATIONAL PROGRAM
AND THAT WAS MY BIG STEPPING STONE AND FROM THERE IT WAS
WORTH OF MOUNT THAT OF MO ADVANCED WELDING AND I’M VERY
HAPPY HERE.

2 thoughts on “Advanced Manufacturing Job Openings | Connecting Point | Feb. 20, 2019

  1. Learn about STCC's advanced manufacturing training opportunities at
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