FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Companies in the area that use machine tool technology are like many other industries in the sense that they're hiring.
Debbie Pitzer with Ivy Tech says right now there are hundreds of jobs open.
"It's pretty constant that they have openings for jobs right now, it's on an upswing right now. So there's several companies, CNA Tool for one is constantly looking for people. I'm constantly trying to place some of the students I have into places that have apprenticeships so they can get their journeyman cards. So I have constant contact with a lot of the small employers as well as larger employers."
Pitzer says people of all ages are looking at the industry as a viable career option and one group they're really focusing on are high school kids.
"Part of our recruitment is the Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy. So they have a course of outlying, we do a technical certificate for them and they come here and we train them. We do juniors and seniors and that's a great pipeline for us. It gets them to stay in."
Pitzer says companies do need people who are willing to learn and take on the tasks of the job. She says over the years the industry has changed and it isn't what people might remember.
"It isn't like it used to be. This used to be a very dirty job. And as you can see this is actually what some of the manufacturers look like. It's clean, it's air-conditioned, there's good lighting. So it's not terrible. It's not a terrible place to work.
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