WASHINGTON, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Siemens Corporation has launched a public relations initiative entitled "Where the Jobs Are" to draw attention to the more than 3,000 open positions it is looking to fill across the U.S. Each month, Siemens will highlight open positions in one of its business units and its investments and partnerships with universities, community colleges, technical and trade schools to alert potential employees that job training is available for many of these high-skill, high-wage openings. The first site to be featured is Charlotte, North Carolina, where the company has been working closely with local universities and community colleges to develop training programs and curriculum for potential employees who want to work in the energy business.
"It has become commonplace in America to read about companies moving their jobs and operations overseas, in search of less expensive pastures, but Siemens recently spent nearly $200 million to build a world-class facility, to produce gas turbines in Charlotte, North Carolina," said Eric Spiegel, president and CEO of Siemens Corporation. "This new site will create nearly 1,000 new jobs and more than 2,000 indirect ones. We are now looking for highly motivated and skilled individuals who want to work for an innovation and technology leader and we will train them for these jobs of the future by partnering with local educational institutions to create programs designed specifically for these open positions."
The company is currently seeking engineers as well as employees with strong skills in machinery, welding, mechanical assembly, procurement, quality inspection and project management. The Charlotte site will be one of the global manufacturing hubs for the company's gas turbines, steam turbines, generators and related service work. It will also serve as an export base to North and South America, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the Philippines and Japan for its H-class gas turbine, one of the most technologically advanced products Siemens makes. One of these gas turbines weighs 280 tons and provides enough electricity to power over 275,000 households in the U.S. (410,000 households if used in combined cycle.)
"We have filled over 200 positions in 2011 and are on our way to filling 1,000 positions over the next few years as we expand our gas turbine manufacturing facility in Charlotte," said Mark Pringle, Director of Operations for the Charlotte plant. "One of the competitive advantages for us here in Charlotte is the fact that we have great university and community college systems that are bending over backwards to work with us and custom design curriculum."
Earlier this year, Siemens pledged $4.3 million to the engineering college at the University of North Carolina to support the new Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) program that will provide engineering scholarships and advance research capabilities in Smart Grid and precision manufacturing. Graduates from this program soon will fill many of the open positions at the Charlotte plant. Additionally, more than 200 of the new Charlotte hires will have been trained through the local community college system.
For those interested in applying for a skilled trade position at the Charlotte plant please visit: www.siemenscharlottecareers.com
All open positions in the U.S., including those in Charlotte, can be found at: www.usa.siemens.com/careers
Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG (NYSE: SI), a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. For more than 160 years, Siemens has built a reputation for leading-edge innovation and the quality of its products, services and solutions. With 405,000 employees in 190 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of $102.9 billion in fiscal 2010. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $19.9 billion and employs approximately 62,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. For more information on Siemens in the United States, visit www.usa.siemens.com
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