Job fair set for Houma shipyard

A job fair is being supported by the state’s workforce development program for Edison Chouest Offshore from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Fletcher Technical Community College campus at 310 St. Charles St. in Houma.

Applicants are being sought for skilled hourly positions at Edison Chouest Offshore’s LaShip shipyard in Houma. Positions, with two to five years of shipyard experience, include structural flux arc welders, pipefitters, ship fitters, electricians and carpenters. Starting wages range from $15 an hour to $20 an hour. Work shifts are 10 hours.

The LaShip facility plans to hire 250 to 500 skilled employees in the next six to eight months. Hiring will begin following the job fair, after applicants go through a job-screening and pre-employment assessment process. Applicants will be required to pass a drug screening and background check.