Silfex is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lam Research, based out of California, and has the world’s largest custom silicon growing operation across both of its locations in Ohio.
“By teaching these skills, it is our hope to build a pipeline of workers for machining positions,” said Crystal Jones, Clark State’s vice president for marketing, diversity and community impact.
“If participants decide to move forward with their learning and career progression, Silfex will help pay for additional classes as part of our education reimbursement program,” she added.
Siflex is going through a growth mode and recently filled over 100 open positions at its two facilities in Ohio.
Growth for the company comes at a time as more employers have shifted their staff towards remote work due to the coronavirus pandemic. That has caused more of those employees to rely on portable technology to complete their work.
Components made by Slifex are used to create the computer chips used throughout the technology market, enabling smart devices, medical equipment and gaming systems, said Kate Seegraves, a spokesperson for the company.
“As the demand for these types of products grows, the demand for what we make also grows,” she added.
Silfex is currently looking to hire 100 more people as well as build a pipeline of qualified machinist, said Stephanie Parks-Gale, the director of human resources for the manufacturer.
She said it can be difficult for people to break into the skilled trade market as a lot of companies are looking for those that already have a few years of experience.
The program with Clark State is designed to make that transition easier.
It started and wrapped up in December. Those that participated in the training will be transitioned to the manufacturing floor, said Parks-Gale
The demand for similar programs in the future will depend on Silfex’s labor needs at that time, she said.
By the numbers
40: Number of hours for Silfex, Clark State training program
2: Number of facilities Silfex has in Ohio
100: Number of positions Silfex seeks to hire in Ohio