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Employers Say Job Applicants Need More Education and Experience to Get Hired

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On Saturday, companies across the Upstate held job fairs looking to fill hundreds of open positions.

In Gray Court, ZF Transmissions was looking to fill more than 200 positions. They are still looking for qualified workers with experience working with machinery and megatronics.

 Organizers took applications and talked with applicants about their background and why they thought they would be good employees at ZF plants statewide.

"Somebody needs to have preferably 2-3 years experience in a CC type roll or maintenance tech type roll. We prefer people to have a machine tool technology degree or a megatronics degree. That's what we're looking for today," said Brett Cooper from ZF Transmissions.

At Parkdale cotton plant Robert Nodine spoke to 7 On Your Side about the type of positions they have open and what type of workers they're looking for.

Nodine said they have entry level positions available and a few others that require more experience.

He said the machines they use in the Gaffney plant require workers who know how to use them safely. Nodine said the plant in the Upstate is the most technologically advanced.

'We currently have some entry level jobs for this facility and were also looking for skilled jobs like electricians," said Nodine.

He said applicants need to have at least a high school degree, experience as an electrician and a two year degree is preferred.

Companies said these requirements are for the safety of the employee and to assure the plant is putting out the best product, with the highest level of efficiency.

To get training in these fields you can visit many local colleges that offer specialized programs like Greenville Tech and Spartanburg Community College in the Upstate.

UpState SC Alliance also offer programs to help you get qualified. SCWorks in the Upstate can also help match you with an employer.

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