Manufacturing career fair in Wallingford

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WALLINGFORD — The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce will host its fourth annual Manufacturing Career Fair on Wednesday at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Ray Andrewsen, executive director of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, said 26 vendors are expected, including manufacturing companies from across the region. Companies will be promoting jobs and opportunities for advancement, Andrewsen said. The event is also an opportunity for those looking to change careers or learn about the industry.

The event was started in 2019 to educate potential workers about the manufacturing industry, including increased use of technology.

“This is a great opportunity to enhance your career,” Andrewsen said.

Paul Lavoie, the state’s Chief Manufacturing Officer, said the Connecticut Department of Labor and Workforce Alliance will take part in the event.

Rick Griffin, president and chief operating officer of Component Engineers Inc. in Wallingford, said the company has partnered with the chamber for years and attended its career fairs in the past. Griffin said companies have raised their pay scale and added there are currently 10 to 12 openings at Component Engineers.

One of the openings is for a machinist, which is responsible for running a lathe, mill or wire electrical discharge machines. The candidate must be able to deburr parts, perform basic inspection and fill out all appropriate paperwork.

Brittany Ryan, human resources manager at Component Engineers, said the other openings include administrative positions and computer numerical control programmers. Entry level positions do not require experience.

Component Engineers partners in apprenticeship programs with the state and H.C. Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden.

Mitch Oshana, human resources generalist for Okay Industries, said career fairs are “very beneficial,” particularly because of a shortage in job applicants.

Okay Industries has facilities in New Britain, Berlin and Costa Rica. It will be the first time the company attends the chamber event.

In its Connecticut facilities, Okay Industries currently has about 10 openings. One is for an auto press set up operator, which is responsible for daily set ups of production jobs in mechanical presses. There are two openings for computer numerical control operators, responsible for operating a mill work center, loading and unloading fixtures, inspecting parts, making adjustments and changing tools.

The company is also looking for a tool maker, quality inspector, manufacturing engineer and an accounts payable employee.

“For those entry level positions it’s more [about] finding the right fit in terms of attitude, personality and everything like that,” Oshana said.

Oshana said Okay Industries has a robust training program.

The Toyota Oakdale Theatre is located at 95 S. Turnpike Road.

For more information about the fair, call 203-269-9891.

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