Skilled Trades Career Fair to Feature 40 Employers at JJC Oct. 21

Joliet Junior College’s Skilled Trades Career Fair welcomes all job seekers who have training, education or experience in the skilled trades industry to meet area employers on Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. The fair will take place in the T-Concourse on Main Campus at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. More than 40 employers will participate, making this year’s fair the biggest the college has ever had.

The Skilled Trades Fair, pictured above, featured 25 career vendors and 200 participants in 2012.

The Skilled Trades Fair, pictured above, featured 25 career vendors and 200 participants in 2012.

“These companies are very eager to fill positions,” said Layton Cooper, JJC employer relations and internship coordinator. “They are looking for qualified candidates who are dressed to impress and are able to articulate the skills, experience and knowledge that they have.”

Cooper added that the fair is a perfect opportunity for job seekers to not only learn about local employers and career opportunities, but also to network. He said attendees should dress professionally and bring their resumes.

Employers from a wide range of skilled trades fields will be available at the fair, from engineering to welding, automotive, and mechanical companies. According to Cooper, professionals will represent all technical programs offered at JJC.

“I’ve had students every year that we’ve done this who have come back from the fair and said that they’ve found a job or hooked up with a company and they’re going to be an intern,” said Jeff Bradford, JJC industrial maintenance technology professor.

Careers in the skilled trades field are on the rise, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Manufacturing engineer positions, for example, should rise by 19 percent by 2020. Other positions, such as automotive repairers, will increase by 13 percent. According to the American Welding Society, there will be a need for more than 200,000 welders in the U.S. by 2020. These are only a few examples of many in-demand skilled trades careers.

For a complete listing of employers at the fair, or for more information, visit or call Career Services at 815-280-2756.

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