Intel posts first job openings for its $20 billion New Albany chip factory
The jobs include civil/structural engineer, construction environmental safety engineer, basebuild project manager, chemical/process construction project engineer, design manager, architectural project engineer and electrical project engineer, according to the company's website.
Intel's plans call for two plants, called fabs, to be built on land for its new campus that New Albany is annexing from Jersey Township in Licking County. No salary range was posted with the openings.
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"They're priming their recruiting pipeline. They’re casting as wide net as possible for as many people as possible to get the project up and running," said Natalie Jordan, corporate developer for the staffing firm Express Employment Professionals in charge of Ohio and West Virginia.
Jordan said the openings have been posted in several places beyond Intel's website, including LinkedIn and OhioMeansJobs.com, that will draw wide attention.
"This is getting so much buzz, not just regionally, but nationally," she said.
She said foreign workers also figure to be interested in the project.
Intel will need the positions filled as it begins to hire companies to build the plant, Jordan said.
The jobs require the new workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The two plants will employ 3,000 workers with an average wage of $135,000, according to Intel. The company has said the operations here will use the most advanced technology available.
"These are high-paying, high-tech jobs, ranging from factory operators and equipment technicians to engineers and business support functions," spokeswoman Chelsea Hughes said Wednesday.
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Intel hasn't given a breakdown of what the jobs will look like, but a model for a 2,000-worker semiconductor plant from the Bureau of Labor Statistics does provide information on the kinds of workers who could be hired at the plant, said economist Bill LaFayette, owner of the Columbus-area economic consulting firm Regionomics.
The model provided details on 1,441 of those jobs and while many require a bachelor's degree, more than half, including technicians, assemblers, supervisors and machinists, require only a high school degree.
The jobs that require four-year degrees are for software developers, engineers, production managers, accountants and other professional positions, according to the model.
So even those jobs that pay less than the $135,000 average will still be good-paying jobs for the Columbus area, he said.
"They're well paid and they require a fair amount of training," LaFayette said.
Intel also has said it will need 7,000 construction workers and those jobs could be tough to fill given the region's unemployment rate of 2.8% in December, the lowest since 1999, Jordan said.
Area schools and universities figure to become a talent pipeline for the project, she said.
"We're going to become an attractive workplace for lots of different types of people," Jordan said.