Washington County Career Center addresses possible workforce shortage

Published: Dec. 11, 2019 at 7:56 PM EST
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Many in the area's industrial maintenance workforce are getting ready to retire.

To combat a possible worker shortage the Washington County Career Center is encouraging Mid-Ohio Valley residents to enter its industrial maintenance program.

Training to be an industrial maintenance mechanic takes about a year to complete.

Maintenance mechanic jobs in the Mid-Ohio Valley pay anywhere between $16 and $20 an hour.

Men and women are encouraged to apply to the career center's program and to area employers, though the job isn't for everyone.

“I would not recommend it to everyone. I would recommend it to folks who like to work with their hands, that like to trouble shoot, that have mechanical aptitude,” said Director of Adult Technical Training Anthony Huffman.

For those who think industrial maintenance may be a good fit, Huffman says a high school diploma is necessary to enter the career center's program.

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