There are an estimated 680 unfilled local manufacturing jobs, according to the Northern Kentucky Industrial Park Industry Partnership. Vacancies in the career field could reach 2,500 in three years and 6,250 in 10 years.
"Manufacturers are hungry for skilled workers, and the jobs pay well, offer benefits and a stable career path that can lead to positions paying six figures," says Carissa Schutzman, dean of Workforce Solutions for Gateway Community and Technical College. "The key is to have the skills to get the jobs."
The college, located in Florence, teaches electrical technology, machining, mechatronics, welding, drafting, industrial technology and related areas and is offering an informational tour Thursday.
Gateway’s annual Advanced Manufacturing Expo will be held from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the college’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the Boone County Campus, located at 500 Technology Way.
"Students and parents will have opportunities to meet local manufacturers, tour our high-tech campus, and discover how students can attend Gateway at a reduced rate or at no cost," Schutzman said.
Classroom tours begin at 6:20 p.m. and will run every 20 minutes. The tours highlight training facilities in computer-aided drafting, industrial maintenance, computerized manufacturing and machining, mechatronics, robotics and welding.
"This is a great opportunity for both students and parents to see that today's manufacturing world is clean, high-tech and mentally rewarding," Schutzman said. "Today's advanced manufacturing jobs require highly specialized skills that involve brain power, not brawn. Gateway's role is to prepare workers to take those jobs. People may be surprised by what they see and learn at the expo. Anyone interested in a challenging career should attend."