Governor Deal signed into law the fiscal year 2017 budget this week. Included is an expansion of the Strategic Industries Workforce Development to include training for “industrial maintenance” professionals. These jobs pay an average of $50,000 a year, and there are currently 300 positions in this field that have gone unfilled due to an untrained workforce.
Gov. Nathan Deal signed a $23.7 billion budget this week, which includes money for covering the tuition costs for students working towards jobs in high-demand fields. This year, the state added the field of “industrial maintenance” to that list.
Industrial maintenance jobs have been in high demand as advanced manufacturing has grown in the state in the last several years, said Ben Hames, deputy commissioner of the workforce division at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Currently, he said there are around 300 open jobs in this field alone.
But changing the perception of manufacturing jobs, he said, can be a challenge.
“These really aren’t the jobs of the past generations. These are jobs that require education, formal training – really require individuals to bring quite a bit to the table,” Hames said.
Hames said the field of industrial maintenance offers jobs with an average annual salary of $50,000.
“Simply put, these positions are underappreciated,” he said.
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