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Fairfield (Ala.) Works of United States Steel Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 21 to celebrate the opening of a new m
"Fairfield Works historically hired maintenance employees directly from the community and supplemented them with graduates from an internal maintenance learner program," said Fairfield Works general manager Merle Stein. "Recent changes in the labor market have significantly reduced the availability of qualified maintenance employees in the
Alabama Labor Commissioner Jim Bennett, who joined Stein for the ceremony, said, "There is a serious shortage of skilled mechanical and electrical maintenance personnel in the Birmingham area, and workers with these skills are crucial to the success of our region's manufacturing industries. U.S. Steel is making a significant investment in workforce development in
Sixty-three courses and associated hands-on exercises were developed for the maintenance technician program. To successfully complete the program, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in 30 mechanical modules or 33 electrical modules.
Classes, which began on June 5, are being taught by current Fairfield Works employees who have undergone an extensive three-tiered train-the-trainer program, consisting of observing training activities at U.S. Steel's Gary Works in Indiana, a three-day training seminar conducted at Fairfield Works, and several months of close observation and coaching by a training consultant.