Career Services at Chattahoochee Technical College and Canton-based R&D Mechanical Services are hosting a manufacturing industry job fair as a way to connect highly qualified job seekers with employers in the college’s six-county service area.
The job fair will be held on April 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the D Building of the college’s North Metro Campus, located at 5198 Ross Road in Acworth. The event is sponsored by R&D Mechanical Services, and Papa John’s, which recently opened a Quality Control Center on Northpoint Parkway near the North Metro Campus, will provide food for participating vendors.
“Career Services regularly holds job fairs in order to give students and alumni a chance to openly network with prospective employers, explore career opportunities and hopefully secure full-time employment,” said Career Services Specialist Jesse Moyers. “This is also an excellent opportunity for community members in the college’s six-county service area to connect with local employers.”
Thirty-six employers have registered to attend this event, which represents more than 150 job opportunities in several areas, including Industrial Maintenance and Electrical Technology, Diesel Equipment Technology, Air Conditioning Technology, Automotive Technology, and Welding and Joining Technology.
“Our North Metro campus was chosen because Cobb, Bartow and Cherokee are home to our largest employers in these particular sectors, and this campus is the most centrally located,” Moyers said. “In addition, many of the programs of study that are targeted by this event are housed at the North Metro Campus, so hosting it here is particularly convenient for both our students and faculty in those programs.”
The manufacturing industry job fair is open to current Chattahoochee Technical College students, alumni and the community at-large. Attendance at job fairs hosted by the college typically fluctuates based on numerous factors, but Moyers said Career Services is anticipating more than 200 job seekers at this sector-targeted event.
“We encourage anyone looking for employment in the transportation and manufacturing sectors to plan on attending this event,” Moyers said. “We also always encourage students to prepare for the event by dressing professionally and bringing several copies of their resume, ready to network with our employer partners.”
This year’s main sponsor, R&D Mechanical Services, has a long history of supporting Chattahoochee Technical College and its students. The family owned and operated residential/light commercial HVAC contractor not only works with Chattahoochee Tech Foundation on both monetary and equipment donations, but it also serves as a pipeline for Air Conditioning Technology students to enter the workforce.
R&D Mechanical Services Communications Director Jessica Helms said the company chose to partner with CTC because they have directly benefited from the college’s programs and wanted to invest back into the college. She said the company also supports CTC’s core values of integrity, leadership, initiative and respect for individuals.
“We mirror these values at R&D Mechanical Services, and we are honored to partner with an organization that holds these standards,” she said.
According to Helms, several R&D Mechanical Services team members have completed the Air Conditioning Technology diploma or certificate programs at Chattahoochee Tech.
“These programs have set them up for success in our industry and allowed them to continue to be successful here at our organization,” she said. “Our team members who have been through the different air conditioning programs at CTC have commented that the hands-on training and practice is what helped them to be successful, and hands-on training is key in our industry. You can learn something from a book all day, but until you actually put your hands on a piece of equipment and operate on it yourself, it doesn’t really sink in.”
Helms said hands-on training sets the company’s team members up for success because they come into the industry with a level of confidence and comfort working on different types of units.
“We then get to train these team members on more technical parts of the industry when they come to us already with a familiarization with the equipment and even with troubleshooting and diagnosing issues,” she said.
For more information about Career Services and upcoming job fairs, please visitwww.chattahoocheetech.edu/career-services.