Training urged for aviation jobs in Plattsburgh

Soucy will collect resumes and applications for Laurentian. Resumes can be sent to him at any time by e-mail at stacy.soucy@labor.state.ny.us

Laurentian will be hiring highly-skilled mechanics, assembly workers and administrative staff, Soucy said.

"There's a lot of emphasis on the mechanics and assembly positions, which are very important,"he said. "Laurentian will need other people, too. There will be sales and office help needed and other jobs."

Soucy said a specific list of jobs and job descriptions is expected this summer. Those jobs will be posted, he said.

"My advice to you is to get as much training as possible now," Soucy told the Moriah group. "Be ready when the hiring process begins."

The OneWorkSource office in Elizabethtown will help prospective employees during the Laurentian hiring process, said Ellen Gordon, site program manager.

"All Laurentian information will be available in our Elizabethtown office," she said. "We'll help with resumes, training, the application process. I would encourage you to come in and let us know what you're thinking."

Gordon stressed all OneWorkSource services are free.

Carol Calabrese, co-executive director of the Essex County IDA, said the Moriah meeting was in response to questions about the Laurentian project.

"We've received a lot of inquiries about potential job opportunities," she said, "in particular, the Laurentian project."

"The goal of the meeting is to provide Essex County residents with upcoming employment and training opportunities available," said Jody Olcott, Essex County IDA co-executive director, "largely from the newly-announced Laurentian project in Plattsburgh."

Several people attending the session expressed interest in the Laurentian jobs, but declined to comment. They currently have jobs, but were curious about new opportunities.

Laurentian Aerospace Corporation announced this month it has completed financial arrangements and will soon begin work on its project at the Plattsburgh International Airport.

Robin Wohnsigl, president and chief executive officer of Laurentian Aerospace said, "Work will begin immediately on various aspects of the project including the design and development work which, actually, has been in process now for a few weeks. Robson Woese and Cianbro Corporation will now move forward with details required to start construction at the Plattsburgh International Airport in late April 2011."

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