Steel factories do not run the way they used to. In fact, they have changed quite a bit over the past decade. Take, for example, the ArcelorMittal in Burns Harbor, Indiana on Lake Michigan. The company operates a program known as the Steelworker for the Future program. This program enrolls people who want to work in the steel mills and trains them so they have the knowledge and the skills necessary to work in the mills.
This week, we will discuss the various changes that are occurring in steel factories across the country.
Required Skill-Set Expansive Today
The required skill-set for people who want to work in steel mills is quite expansive today. In fact, the skills required to work in steel mills have become so in-depth that a host of educational programs have been created across the country. Those programs can be found in unions, trade schools, high schools, colleges and community colleges. These skills were not required until recently, at least within the last 30 years.
Those seeking work in steel mills need to be well-versed in automation, mathematics, science and engineering in order to have a successful career. They must also learn the new automation and technologies to mix, melt and pour steel. The Steelworker for the Future program requires students to hold a 2.8 GPA in order to obtain a paid internship with ArcelorMittal. As the students continue to study and work, they are brought in for additional interviews, assessment testing and some hiring qualifications.
Partnerships in Five States
The Steelworker for the Future program run by ArcelorMittal operates partnerships with 10 colleges in five states. The partnerships are located close to the company’s plant in the suburbs of Chicago and in areas around Northwest Indiana. Some of the colleges partnering with the company include the Ivy Tech Community College campuses in East Chicago, Valparaiso, and Gary; Prairie State College in Chicago Heights; Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills and Lorain County Community College in Elyria. The program is also available at Delaware County Community College in Pennsylvania and two Penn State campuses in Harrisburg and York.
Employment Opportunities Abound from the Program
Students who successfully complete their schooling and two internships could be in line for jobs with ArcelorMittal. According to the company, 93 percent of students who pass the hiring requirements and graduate from the program accept the offer of employment, which is full-time, with the company. One of the most intriguing parts of the program is the fact that by the third year of full-time employment after the program, employees will typically be making $90,000 per year for their salary.
The bottom line here is that the steel industry in the United States has changed drastically over the last 30 years. If you are looking for a new career, consider working in steel.