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Chemical Companies Hiring Multiple Positions
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 3:44 PM

Chemical companies are hiring operators, mechanical and electrical maintenance technicians in significant numbers.

One local company has hired over 300 operators and mechanics since July 2010.  Additional job opportunities are planned next year at most of the local companies.  It is anticipated that over 100 and up to 200 jobs will be available locally in 2013. The Ohio Chemistry Technology Council in Columbus recently completed a projection of workforce needs for 2013/2017 and estimates a need for 1500 new operators during that time frame.

Many people are unaware of the amount of money chemical plant workers can earn.  Most of these jobs begin around $15 - $17/per hour and top out around $30+ per hour.  With overtime and shift differential, workers can earn $60,000 - $100,000 annually when fully trained for the positions.

The Career Center - Adult Technical Training programs in Marietta, OH provide operator, mechanical/electrical maintenance and lab technician training for individuals seeking employment in the chemical industry.  The Career Center also provides upgrade skills training for employees at the facilities.

Last year, the Career Center received an Ohio Skills Bank grant to work with several chemical companies to create an Industrial Lab Technician training program as part of the Career Center’s Chemical Technician program.  One local company has made the program mandatory for employment as a lab technician.  Over 40% of the students in the current class are from local chemical companies.