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1,100 show up for 400 jobs at Hamilton rail car marker’s job fair

National Steel Car's demand for welders is so high, it's starting its own welding school.

August 25, 2014   by The Canadian Press

HAMILTON, Ont. — A Hamilton rail car maker is hiring 400 people, but it says about 1,100 turned up for its job fair Aug. 23.

National Steel Car says people arrived more than two hours before the fair’s 9 a.m. opening, and staff were still processing applications well after the event’s 3 p.m. closing time.

Human resources vice-president Hal Bruckner says 300 of those hired will be welders, while 100 will be in other roles such as crane operators and electricians.

He says the 120-year-old firm is hiring to diversify its business and due to increasing demand for cars carrying various commodities, such as potash, plastic pellets and grain.

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Those hired can expect a starting salary of $21 an hour, which will rise to $25 an hour after a year.

Bruckner says the firm’s demand for welders is so high the firm is starting its own welding school.

“We’re going to put people in – they may have either very low skills or some, no skills at all, but interested – we’re going to provide them training and give them a start,” Bruckner said.

He added the firm only expected between 500 and 600 people.

“The welders’ side, because of the volume, did bog down a little,” he said. “That’s where we’re doing a little more work in terms of showing people what the occupation requires.”

The firm wants welders to stay for the long term, Bruckner said, and is showing presentations about the job so applicants can make an informed decision.

“If we want to invest in training people, we want them to be committed.”

© 2014 The Canadian Press


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