Connecticut Manufacturers are seeking to hire skilled workers

EAST HARTFORD — With demand for their products increasing, Connecticut manufacturers are actively seeking out skilled workers to hire.

That’s why Thomaston-based Ward Leonard and 37 other companies, took their recruiting efforts on the road Tuesday and met with people interested in manufacturing jobs at Goodwin College’s Manufacturing Career Fair.

“Being here is beneficial,” said Production / Logistics Manager Mick Murphy, whose company has openings for quality inspectors and a CNC machine operator. “The Goodwin students are very professional, and they ask good questions.”

The event was held at Goodwin’s newly-upgraded Business and Advanced Manufacturing Center, where the state-of-the-art machinery used in Goodwin’s training programs was on display. 

In Connecticut, manufacturing career opportunities abound, including Sikorsky will build 200 new King Stallion heavy-lift helicopters and 257 Black Hawk helicopters at its Stratford headquarters; Pratt & Whitney has orders for more than 8,000 of its new geared turbofan engines; and Electric Boat is building two Virginia-class submarines a year at its Groton shipyard.

That news means the big companies will have lots of jobs to fill – and so will the hundreds of smaller manufacturers that supply them. According to the Connecticut Department of Labor, manufacturers of every size are already hiring 6,000 people per quarter.

“Manufacturing in Connecticut is enjoying a renaissance, and that means lots of career opportunities,” said Clifford E. Thermer, Goodwin Assistant Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. “This career fair just one of the many ways Goodwin is partnering with industry to develop our workforce.”

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