Upcoming job fair targets high-demand skilled trades

Lockheed Martin, E-One and R+L Global Logistics are among the 22 businesses lined up so far for the Skilled Trades Job Fair set for Sept. 18.

The event is sponsored by CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion in partnership with Marion Technical College and takes place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the college’s Brewster Hall, 1014 SW Seventh Rd. in Ocala.

Workers at E-One have been busy putting together a Special Operations HAZMAT heavy rescue truck for Marion County Fire Rescue. Representatives from the Ocala company will be at the CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion Skilled Trades Job Fair on Sept. 18 at Marion Technical College.

So far, the following businesses – all with jobs to fill – plan to take part: American Panel, ANCORP, Cardinal Glass, C.E.M. Solutions, ClosetMaid, C.W. Roberts, Engineering Solutions International, E-One/REV Group, Florida Express Environmental, Kablelink Communications, Lockheed Martin, Marion County Board of County Commissioners, McLane Company, Overhead Door Company of Ocala, R+L Global Logistics, Robins & Morton, Skyline Homes, Southeast Milk, Southern Structures, Sun Kool Air Conditioning, United Plastic and Weber Glass.

“A skilled tradesperson is a worker who specializes in a particular occupation that requires work experience, on-the-job training and often formal vocational education, but not usually a bachelor’s degree,” said Brenda Chrisman, CareerSource CLM’s business development officer.

Chrisman said that typical skilled trades positions include mechanics, CDL drivers, technicians, masons, manufacturing, warehousing, welders, painters, heavy equipment operators, electricians, maintenance workers, plumbers, fabricators, glass workers, drafters and carpenters.

In addition to area commercial businesses, CareerSource CLM staff will be on hand with information about free job-placement services and training opportunities.

While advance registration is not required, those interested in fast, easy access to the job fair are encouraged to register at www.employflorida.com. Job candidates should dress appropriately and be prepared for on-the-spot job interviews.

Anyone interested in getting help prior to the job fair is encouraged to visit a CareerSource CLM career center at 2703 NE 14th St., Ocala; 683 S Adolph Point, Lecanto; or 2175 NW 11th Dr., Chiefland. For more information, call (352) 840-5700, ext. 1713 or (800) 434-5627, ext. 1713.

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