Iris Koryurek

It’s open season for job hunting! We’re the region’s digital hub for information about hot careers, industries and employers. With over 20,000 jobs open across the 10-county region, ImaginePittsburgh.com will help keep your job target in your line of sight.

Here is this week’s catch from our Featured Employers:

Director of Child Development Center at Seton Hill University

Marketing Communications Specialist at MSA

Senior Manager, Land Administration at EQT Corporation

Programmer/Analyst Advisor at FedEx Ground

Senior HR Analyst  at Covestro LLC

And don’t forget to pass the word about ImaginePittsburgh.com, and save our link in your favorite read-it-later app. You can also sign up for career news about the region through our RSS feedFacebookTwitter or monthly newsletter.

 

Bonnie Pfister

There are more 20,000 jobs open today across the Pittsburgh region, part of a vibrant economy with jobs in business and financial services, healthcare and life sciences, IT, energy and manufacturing. If you’re a Pittsburgher looking to advance your career, or have friends and colleagues elsewhere who’d like to move here, you should be checking out ImaginePittsburgh.com on a regular basis. Our 10-county jobs aggregator is updated nightly. For example, today you’ll find jobs like these:

Solution Center Technician at Seton Hill University

Strategic Product Manager at TeleTracking Technologies

Engineering Technician at EQT Corp.

Inventory Technician at Mitsubishi Electric Power Products 

Real Estate Agent at Northwood Realty Services

You can also reach out to our Neighbors – young and mid-career professionals who have chosen Pittsburgh — for networking ideas via the LinkedIn addresses include in their profiles. And stay up-to-date with new job postings and other news about building a great life in the Pittsburgh region via our monthly newsletter, our RSS feedFacebookTwitter or LinkedIn.

Are you a military veteran looking for a job with good pay, benefits and opportunities to advance? Check out our sister website, ServiceToOpportunity.org. There you can register in just a few minutes to be connected directly with regional energy and manufacturing companies that are keen to hire returning military servicemen and women. Learn more  here.

Bonnie Pfister

Did you know that there are more than 20,000 jobs open today across the 10-county region? You can find them on  ImaginePittsburgh.com, where you can also explore Featured Employers, careers and and great places to live, play and learn.

Here are few of the jobs available right now from ImaginePittsburgh.com:

Oracle Engineer at Development Dimensions International

Paid Apprenticeships to Become an Electrician, Ironworker, Heavy-Equipment Manager or Sheet-Metal Worker

CAD Designer at EQT Corp.

Catering Director at Eat’n Park Hospitality Group

Purchasing Agent at Elliott Group

And, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the parent organization of ImaginePittsburgh.com, is hiring for several positions including a web developer, market research analyst and a both a director and administrative coordinator for investor relations.

Not what you’re looking for? Check out our Neighbors page to see what kinds of careers young and mid-career professionals are pursuing. You can reach out to the Neighbors for networking ideas via the LinkedIn addresses include in their profiles. And stay up-to-date with new job postings and other news about building a great life in the Pittsburgh region via our monthly newsletter, our RSS feed, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Bonnie Pfister

The work of further aligning education with workforce development moves forward this month, as the Energy Innovation Center’s first training sessions begin.

Rendering of Energy Innovation Center in former Connelley Trade School, Hill District
Rendering of Energy Innovation Center in former Connelley Trade School, Hill District

The center, or EIC, is a collaboration of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Pittsburgh region’s research universities, economic development organizations and corporations, including Eaton Corp., Bayer MaterialScience, EQT, Duquesne Light Co., PPG Industries, Johnson Controls, Burns & Scalo and Mascaro Construction.  In addition to the Penn State Center, the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University, other partners in the center include Operating Engineers Local 95 and Urban Innovation21.

The center aims to bring together proof-of-concept energy technology demonstration laboratories, an early-stage business incubator and targeted workforce training programs. Corporate partners will showcase new products and deploy advanced energy management systems. Construction is underway for the center’s eventual home, a LEED-Platinum facility on the site of former Connelley Trade School in the Hill District. The center is to be complete in 2014.

In the meantime, courses are being offered around the region, beginning with a five-part series in project management for the energy industry at the Sigmas Conference Center on Babcock Boulevard in Shaler.

A training course on retro-commissioning for commercial and industrial buildings is scheduled to begin March 18 at the Eaton Power Systems Experience Center in Warrendale. Additional information on this and nearly a dozen other trainings are available here.

The EIC joins ShaleNET in preparing people in the region for careers in the growing energy sector. Launched three years ago as an entry-level training program, ShaleNET has since placed more than 2,000 people in jobs. In late 2012, it was awarded an additional federal grant to expand its geographic reach and develop training for certificate programs and two-year degrees for careers beyond the drill rigs, in oil and natural gas processing. You can read more about that here.

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Sphere tree in Market Square’s Season of Lights, Downtown Pittsburgh Photo by Kristen Friess, Allegheny Conference

Pittsburgh officially begins the winter holiday season on Friday, Nov. 16 with Light Up Night, the 52nd annual celebration that fills downtown’s Golden Triangle with music, lights, Santa, ice skating and – starting Nov. 24– a European-style Christmas market in Market Square. (Full schedule and links for more information below.)

Things begin at noon as Mayor Luke Ravenstahl lights a towering Christmas tree at the City-County Building, while a crèche is dedicated at U.S. Steel Tower on Grant Street. At 5 p.m. live jazz music begins at an outdoor stage on EQT Plaza on Liberty Avenue near Seventh Streets, while rock-n-roll rules Market Square. In total six trees will be illuminated in downtown on the 16th, including the Highmark Unity Tree at the corner of Penn and Stanwix (still beloved to many as the Hornes Department Store tree), the ice-rinked ringed evergreen in PPG Plaza and – lit by Santa Claus himself — and the red-and-white LED-powered spherical tree in Market Square. Fireworks (of course) will end the evening with typical Pittsburgh pomp.

Market Square will be site of the Peoples Gas Holiday Market, featuring wooden Alpine chalet-style booths with artisans and merchants from around the world. Operating daily through Dec. 23, the market will share space with a Santa House, where children can explore and drop off their letters to Santa. Donations to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank can be dropped off at this location as well.

Event organizer the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership estimates last year’s event attracted more than 800,000 visitors and generated $21 million in economic impact.

Many of Pittsburgh’s traditional holiday offerings underscore the region’s commitment to sustainability in many forms. You can learn more by checking out the stories and videos from Five Golden Things, which highlighted such outings for the 2011-2012 season. We’ll be nodding to some new offerings over the next six weeks; be sure to sign up for automatic blog updates via RSS feed to your email account, follow us at Twitter.com/ImaginePgh or friend us at Facebook.com/PittsburghRegion.

2012 Light Up Night® Schedule of Events

Friday, November 16

12:00 pm   City-County Building Tree Lighting by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

12:00 pm   U.S. Steel Tower Dedication of the Crèche

5:30 pm     Allegheny County Court House Lighting by County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

5:45 pm     One Oxford Centre Tree Lighting

6:00 pm     PPG Plaza American Cancer Society Tribute of Light Tree Lighting

6:15 pm     Macy’s Windows Unveiling

7:00 pm     Highmark Unity Tree Lighting with Rooftop Fireworks

7:30 pm     Market Square Season of Lights Lighting by Santa Claus

Live Music — Market Square: Northwest Savings Bank Stage

5:00 pm    Johnny Angel and The Halos

7:15 pm    Santa Claus officially lights Market Square Season of Lights

7:45 pm    Joe Grushecky and The Houserockers

Live Music — EQT Plaza: EQT Jazzmasters Stage

5:00 pm   Al Dowe & Etta Cox Trio

6:30 pm   Kenny Blake Quartet

8:00 pm   Roger Humphries Quintet

Live Music — Roberto Clemente (Sixth Street) Bridge Party (Sponsored by Trib Total Media)

5:00 pm    The Stickers

6:30 pm    The Billy Price Band

8:00 pm    No Bad JuJu

9:38 pm    Light Up Night® Fireworks, Warhol Bridge

Saturday , Nov. 17:

Noon to 2 pm  Third Annual Mascot Skate at The Rink at PPG Plaza

Live Music: Market Square: Northwest Savings Bank Stage

Noon         NoMad

1:45 pm    Vanessa Campagna

3:30 pm    The Granati Brothers

6:00 pm    Totally 80s

7:00 pm    BOB FM Holiday Wedding

7:30 pm    Jeff Jimerson and Airborne

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The Pittsburgh region is poised to see the number of energy-related careers grow significantly by the end of this decade. There will be jobs for engineers and maintenance technicians, welders and salespeople, jobs requiring post-high school training as well as professional degrees. At the same time, according to a workforce analysis conducted on behalf of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and the Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh (EAGP), the opportunity poses significant challenges for workforce development as employers increasingly compete for talent, especially across 14 high-demand, hard-to-fill occupations.

“At a time when our region is already setting all-time records for employment, the ‘help wanted’ sign is out, and it’s likely to stay there for years to come,” said David Porges, chair of the Allegheny Conference Workplace Committee, and chairman, president and CEO of EQT Corporation. “For the energy industry in particular, our challenge is to educate, train and attract enough skilled workers to meet this demand. The good news: we have the tools necessary to make it happen; however, to be successful, we must have business, government and the workforce development system effectively working together towards this common goal.”

The Allegheny Conference and the EAGP released the results of their survey of major energy employers during the quarterly meeting of the Allegheny Conference Regional Investors Council at the Doubletree Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh. The detailed analysis, conducted by global talent-management consultancy DDI, involved in-depth interviews with 37 employers representing a cross-section of the 10-county region’s seven energy industries, including coal, natural gas, nuclear, solar, wind, power management and intelligent building. The executive summary is available here.  According to the survey, these 37 companies alone expect to have more than 7,000 jobs to fill through 2020, with about 4,200 of the openings due to retirement and attrition and 2,000 in the 14 high-demand occupations. (Read the executive summary here.)

The survey is suggestive but not predictive of the region’s total energy workforce needs by the end of the decade. The goal of the research was not to make statistical inferences about job numbers, but rather to determine what the greatest need will be and what skills will be most in demand to fill the energy workforce pipeline through the end of the decade.

“This report is unusual because we’re hearing directly from the employers about the positions they must fill in the years to come. This information may help to guide dislocated workers contemplating a career change or young people thinking about their future career options. These are the high demand opportunities emerging in our region,” said Allegheny Conference CEO Dennis Yablonsky. “These occupations include machinists, maintenance techs, welders and the people who supervise them, as well as sales professionals and engineers, family-sustaining jobs with good, long-term career prospects. Fortunately we have time to prepare to meet this demand.”

All but one of the 14 most in-demand jobs across the seven energy-related industries will require more than a high school diploma or GED – typically an associate’s degree or technical certification. Several will require a bachelor’s degree or more.

“We’re not predicting the number of jobs that will be available across the entire energy economy, but these results offer some practical, unequivocal conclusions about what we need to do to continue to grow our economy,” said Laura Fisher, senior vice president, Allegheny Conference, who has overseen the project. “It is essential for employers and businesses to begin now to get the word out about the region’s job opportunities and training and educational resources, and to advocate for better alignment of education and workforce policy, programming and funding.

“We have the building blocks to meet the growing demand. Our region is home to 36 colleges and universities, community colleges and career schools, and nonprofit workforce development organizations, including robust building trades apprenticeship programs. The challenge is to properly align educational and training programs so that students and dislocated workers can make well-informed choices about post-secondary education.”

The Allegheny Conference and the Energy Alliance said that parents and guidance counselors have important roles to play to communicate the emerging opportunity in the region and to encourage boys and girls to seek out STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills. It is also important that students develop the critical thinking, communications and other behavioral skills embedded in a well-rounded curriculum. All of these skills are needed to land the most in-demand, high-paying jobs in energy-related and other industries.

“The workplace of the near future – in our country and in the Pittsburgh region – is one in which opportunities are available to anyone with the skills and training to succeed,” Porges said. “We need to make sure that all students are well informed about diverse career opportunities in energy.”

The Allegheny Conference and the EAGP are taking immediate steps to address the region’s workforce opportunity by:

  • Building on the successful ShaleNET workforce development model, a multi-state, comprehensive recruitment, training, placement and retention program for jobs in the gas industry throughout the Marcellus Shale footprint, to target additional high-demand, hard-to-find positions across the energy industries;
  • Increasing public awareness of the breadth of opportunity in the region by enhancing the ImaginePittsburgh.com talent attraction portal and related marketing;
  • Advocating for key structural improvements to the workforce development system in the region and across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and
  • Extending the analysis to include the entire 32-county, greater Pittsburgh region, which includes portions of Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia;

In fact, a new analysis of the energy sector by the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh (an Allegheny Conference affiliate) indicates that the energy sector has an annual $25 billion economic impact – direct and indirect – on the 32-county region, representing 15 percent of its economy. More than 60,000 people are employed in direct energy jobs at 1,700 establishments across the greater region.

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development is the parent organization for three affiliates: the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance (PRA), the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce and the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh. These organizations share a strategic vision and work together to market our region for business investment and talent attraction, conduct research and analysis to improve our competitiveness, and advocate on behalf of business climate and quality-of-life improvements. The Regional Investors Council, made up of more than 300 regional employers, provides the leadership, commitment and resources to move our region forward.

The Energy Alliance of Greater Pittsburgh (EAGP) is a coalition of 100 businesses representing all seven of our region’s energy-related industries. Supported by the staff of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and Innovation Works, EAGP advocates for policies that will encourage these industries to flourish here, reaching out worldwide to attract investors and encouraging commercialization of innovations spinning out of our government and university labs.

ShaleNET links industry, workforce investment boards and training providers to ensure local worker placement in six entry-level, family sustaining positions that have been identified as high-priority occupations  by the Pennsylvania Workforce Development, a program of the state’s Department of Labor & Industry. Learn more or register to receive the ShaleNET newsletter at  www.shalenet.org.