Any where you go, metal workers of all types are in huge demand and Jeff Davis County is no exception. However, there is a concentration of metal working jobs that’s 70% higher than the national average! Existing industries have found the local precision metal machining workforce is right on target.
Companies such as Precision Products Machine & Fab, Inc. in Hazlehurst fabricate extremely precise products that are used in several different industries. Needless to say, companies like this don’t go very far without having access to the right people. Precision Products has a 50,000 square foot facility that is full of CNC machining equipment that requires CAD/CAM software to operate. They even utilize robotics in their production process.
Workforce Development: meeting the workforce demands of existing industries
Jeff Davis County is located in close proximity to several workforce development institutions such as technical colleges and even four-year colleges and universities that offer training and/or technical certificate programs that are needed by local businesses. The regional workforce institutions provide a continuous supply of qualified employees so companies like Precision Products can be successful.
Georgia Southern University supports metal production and manufacturing
Georgia Southern University’s (GSU) College of Engineering and Information Technology offers specialized degree programs in Applied Engineering at the graduate and undergraduate levels. GSU even offers a Graduate Certificate option for those that have already entered the workforce. Students can choose from several relevant course concentrations including Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics!
Here’s a list of schools in the region that provide technical training that’s relevant to the metal industry…
- Jeff Davis County High School
- Coastal Pines Technical College
- Heart of Georgia Technical College
- Southeastern Technical College
- Okefenokee Technical College
- Wiregrass Technical College
Colleges and Universities
- Georgia Southern University
- South Georgia State College
- Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
- University of Georgia Tifton Campus
- Brewton-Parker College