ROANOKE, Va. – A local manufacturer is looking to hire skilled workers in Roanoke.
The need for welders and other laborers in our region in continues.
Altec is trying to fill the gap.
Zachary Rider hopes his hard work studying engineering lands him a high-paying job.
"I'm looking to get my foot in the door at a major manufacturing industry like Altec," Rider, who attended the Altec job fair, said.
Currently, Altec is looking to fill nearly 200 openings at its Roanoke facility. It's looking for welders, hydraulic assemblers, electricians, auto painters and engineers, among others.
During Friday’s job fair, Rider got a closer look into some of these opportunities.
“The interview and the tour was wonderful. Hopefully I'll get contacted about a job,” Rider said.
There's plenty of opportunity for Rider and others looking for work in this desired field.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently more than 400,000 welders nationwide.
“This number is going to go out between 2016 and 2026 by about 22,000 workers which is a 5 percent growth rate,” Erin Delaney, senior economist of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, said.
Welders trained on the latest technologies are projected to have better job prospects than untrained workers.
Altec’s job fair will continue Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.