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Manufacturing job fair in Wallingford next week

WALLINGFORD — The Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce will hold its fourth annual manufacturing career fair Wednesday at the Toyota Oakdale Theater from 12:30 p.m. 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 promote 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 launched in 2019 to educate prospective workers on the manufacturing industry, including the increased use of technology.

“It’s a great opportunity to improve your career,” Andrewsen said.

Paul Lavoie, director of manufacturing for the state, said the Connecticut Department of Labor and the Workforce Alliance will be participating in the event.

Rick Griffin, president and chief operating officer of Component Engineers Inc. in Wallingford, said the company has been a partner of the chamber for years and has participated in its job fairs in the past. Griffin said the companies have increased their pay scale and added that there are currently 10 to 12 vacancies at Component Engineers.

One of the openings is for a machinist, who is responsible for operating a lathe, milling machine, or wire-cut EDM machines. Candidate must be able to deburr parts, perform basic inspection and complete all appropriate paperwork.

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

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

Mitch Oshana, human resources generalist for Okay Industries, said job fairs are “very beneficial” especially due to a shortage of job applicants.

Okay Industries has facilities in New Britain, Berlin and Costa Rica. This will be the company’s first time participating in the chamber event.

At its Connecticut facility, Okay Industries currently has about 10 openings. One is for an automatic press set-up operator, who is responsible for the day-to-day settings of production jobs in mechanical presses. There are two openings for CNC Operators, responsible for operating a factory work center, loading and unloading fixtures, inspecting parts, making adjustments and changing fixtures. ‘tools.

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

“For these 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 strong training program.

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

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

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