Tech com­pany seek­ing about 500 work­ers for its ex­panded man­u­fac­tur­ing plant

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Kirk Laden­dorf

Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics is hold­ing a job fair Satur­day to hire tech­ni­cians for its ex­panded North­east Austin semi­con­duc­tor plant.

The event is tied to the $3.6 bil­lion ex­pan­sion of Sam­sung’s gi­ant Fab 2 com­plex.

The com­pany said it ex­pects the ex­pan­sion to add about 500 jobs to its lo­cal em­ploy­ment by next year. That will bring the to­tal to about 1,500.

The event is a rare bright spot for the Cen­tral Texas man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, which has lost thou­sands of jobs since the re­ces­sion be­gan, with many of them tied to chip plants that have closed or cut their work forces

Al­though the re­gion’s over­all job mar­ket has been gain­ing strength this year, man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs have con­tin­ued to fall.

In June, there were 47,100 man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs in the Austin area, down al­most 3 per­cent from a year ear­lier.

Over­all em­ploy­ment rose 1.3 per­cent dur­ing that pe­riod.

Satur­day’s job fair is sched­uled for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 12100 Sam­sung Blvd. The event is in­tended to find tech­ni­cians with ex­pe­ri­ence in the semi­con­duc­tor in­dus­try.

The chip com­pany also is tak­ing on­line ap­pli­ca­tions for man­u­fac­tur­ing process en­gi­neers and chip de­sign en­gi­neers in Austin, at www.sam­­reers.

The process en­gi­neers work in the fac­tory on ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing equip­ment. The de­sign en­gi­neers will work in a new de­sign cen­ter for cre­at­ing low-power ad­vanced cir­cuit de­signs for so-called sys­tems on a chip, which can run smart phones and other por­ta­ble de­vices.

Those are the sorts of chips that Sam­sung ex­pects to be mak­ing in its ex­panded plant. The project marks a big de­par­ture for Sam­sung, which has used its Austin op­er­a­tion to make me­mory chips for com­put­ers and con­sumer elec­tron­ics prod­ucts.

Sam­sung is ex­pected to be­gin hir­ing some new work­ers within weeks to work on equip­ment in­stal­la­tion and then bring­ing the new project into pro­duc­tion by next year.

In June, there were 47,100 man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs in the Austin area, down al­most 3 per­cent from a year ear­lier.

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