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Micron gives details on workforce development and local hiring plans at Syracuse town hall

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County Executive Ryan McMahon and Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh are joined by Micron representatives in Henninger High School's cafeteria for a town hall event in Syracuse. Feb. 7, 2023.

Micron provided details on its local workforce partnerships and future hiring at its latest town hall in Syracuse. The semiconductor manufacturer plans to partner with a number of organizations and institutions across Central New York.

This includes creating career pathways within the proposed STEAM school and Syracuse University. Micron Corporate Vice President Scott Gatzemeier said one particular population is well suited for the upcoming jobs.

“We continue to work to have a pipeline of veterans as they're exiting the service to join us and have the skills you're required to. Because if you're familiar with working on multimillion dollar aircrafts, those skills translate incredibly well to our industry,” Gatzemeier said.

Gatzemeier says they'll also donate equipment to Onondaga Community College as they build a new clean room, which will be designed to prepare O-C-C students for future jobs with Micron.

Company representatives estimate 60% of the jobs at the megafab facility will be in engineering. Gatzemeier expects they'll begin hiring engineers for their Clay plant well before doors open.

“Construction will be completed by the end of 2026. We're going to have to start our hiring ramp back in 2024, and then have people go work either in our Manassas, Virginia facility or in our Boise, Idaho facility," Gatzemeier said. "Some people may go work in our Taiwan facility to learn the Micron system, to learn DRAM operations, come up to speed and then come back here and be ready to really hit the ground running and start this fab up.”

Gatzemeier said construction jobs will be available before any other roles. He estimates 7,000 jobs to be created in that sector as Micron executes its 20 year, $100 billion dollar plan.

Community members will have another chance to ask questions this week if they missed Tuesday night’s meeting. Local leaders and Micron representatives will be at Wellwood Middle School in Fayetteville Wednesday night. The townhall begins at 6:30 p.m.

Matt Hassan is a senior broadcast and digital journalism student at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. He is minoring in History and sport management. Matt grew up in Port Washington, New York on Long Island. He creates print, radio, and television stories almost daily on a wide range of topics, including hard news, profiles, and sports. Matt hopes to pursue a career as either a reporter or producer of news.