PRICHARD, Ala. (WALA) - Several hundred people turned out on Friday afternoon for a job fair sponsored by Huntington Ingalls Industries from Pascagoula, Miss.
The company said they plan to hire almost 2,500 people for full-time electrician, welding, and shipfitting positions.
The job fair started Friday at 5:00 p.m. at the Sunlight District Auditorium. James Boone said he wanted to be first in line, and said he got there at 5 a.m. Friday.
When asked why he came so early, Boone said, "Because I'm in desperate need of gainful employment, and I figure an opportunity like this is pretty rare."
Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula is looking to fill the positions to accommodate military contracts.
Fred Howell, a recruiter for Ingalls, said, "We do have several programs where you can come in, if you don't have experience. We can provide training to you."
Ingalls has been having trouble filling the jobs, and enlisted the help of local ministers in setting up the job fair.
One of the ministers, Rev. Cleveland McFarland, Jr., said, "They want someone who has a high school diploma, who can pass the drug test and have a good working attitude."
There were already more than a dozen people in the Auditorium parking lot at about 11:00 Friday morning.
When asked what she was looking for in particular, Octavia Thomas of Mobile said, "A good job to help [to] pay my bills and take care of my daughter and my grandbaby. So, I need something bad."
James Gilley of Biloxi, Miss. said, "I'm in the union and I travel a lot, and I'm tired of travelling."
If you'd like to apply, here's the website for careers with Huntington Ingalls. (external link)
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