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Career fair features jobs in the trades

People can explore dozens of careers in the trades, including welding, at the Southern Oregon Trade Careers Expo. [File photo]
Careers range from architecture to wildland firefighting

People who want to start work in a new field can learn about dozens of careers in the trades that pay a living wage.

The Southern Oregon Trade Careers Expo will offer information about different jobs plus hands-on activities Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the Seven Feathers Convention Center, 146 Chief Miwaleta Lane, Canyonville. The event is free.

High school students from Jackson, Josephine, Douglas, Klamath, Coos and Curry counties will attend the career fair starting at 8 a.m.

The general public, including veterans and their spouses, are invited to attend between 1:15 and 3:30 p.m. On-site registration begins at 1:15 p.m. at a registration table at the northwest entrance of the convention center.

“This is an excellent opportunity to get exposure to living-wage professional and trades career opportunities available in Southern Oregon and across the state,” said Kelly Warner, Cow Creek Career Center manager and Tribal Youth Council lead advisor.

The trade careers fair will include more than 100 exhibits from Southern Oregon employers both inside and outside the convention center. Social distancing and masking requirements will be followed, organizers said.

Careers represented at the fair will include construction, industrial, service, motive power, military, aviation, rail, archaeology, geology, surveying, architecture, engineering, masonry, steam fitting, welding, public safety, mechanics, manufacturing, cement, fabrication, painting, iron, pipefitting, heavy equipment operators, diesel engine repair, plumbing, skilled labor, electrical and wildland firefighting.

People who attend can experience trade careers with hands-on activities, talk with industry professionals about what their jobs are really like, find out about employment in different industries and learn how to qualify for trade career training.

Students and adults can try out excavators and other heavy equipment, welding, carpentry, GPS technology, firefighting equipment and trucks, masonry techniques, culinary skills, surveying and more.

Companies with exhibits at the fair will include Amy’s Kitchen, Columbia Helicopters, law enforcement agencies, firefighting and ambulance organizations, Kelly’s Automotive Service, construction companies, Lithia Motors and railroad and trucking companies.

For more information, see empowerthepossible.org.