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PNNL bringing fresh faces to trade workforce with Craft Career Day on March 19

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March 16, 2009 Share This!

  • Randy Hickman, a journeyman welder at PNNL, welds a stainless steel component for a solid oxide fuel cell project at one of the lab's fabrication shops.

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The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is being proactive about a projected shortfall in skilled trade laborers by hosting its first-ever Craft Career Day for area high school students on March 19.

Craft Career Day will bring about 30 Mid-Columbian 17- and 18-year-old youth to a working PNNL fabrication shop, where they will speak directly with PNNL machinists, carpenters and other craftspeople about their jobs, the unique products they create and the advanced tools they use.

As Baby Boomers retire, some labor specialists predict it will be difficult to find skilled laborers to fill their shoes. Craft Career Day encourages area youth to consider a career in craft trades. PNNL hopes the event will eventually benefit all area employers.

Tri-City area journalists are welcome to attend Craft Career Day. The media opportunity will be a tour of PNNL’s 300 Area fabrication shop, which is home base for most of the lab’s carpentry, welding, machining, sheet metal and other craft activities.

Members of the media interested in attending must reserve their spot by 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. To do so, contact Franny White at 509-375-6904 or frances.white@pnl.gov. Please provide your full name, the last four digits of your social security number, the name of your publication or station, the month and day of your birthday and whether or not you are a U.S. citizen.

What: Craft Career Day

When: Thursday, March 19, 2009, 10 a.m.

How: Journalists can reserve their spot by contacting Franny White at 509-375-6904 or frances.white@pnl.gov by 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 18.

Where: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland
Journalists will meet at PNNL’s Research Operations Building (ROB), 908 Battelle Blvd. in Richland, to receive temporary badges.
At 10:10 a.m., we will leave as a group for a short drive to the 300 Area. Regulations prohibit the media from visiting the 300 Area on their own.

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Interdisciplinary teams at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory address many of America's most pressing issues in energy, the environment and national security through advances in basic and applied science. Founded in 1965, PNNL employs 4,300 staff and has an annual budget of more than $1 billion. It is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. As the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, the Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information on PNNL, visit the PNNL News Center, or follow PNNL on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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