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Coal industry promotes need for more skilled workers

Published: Jun 16 2017
Photo courtesy The Bismarck Tribune
Leaders of North Dakota’s coal industry say they have high-paying job opportunities but need teachers to push students to take harder classes.

Representatives from the lignite energy industry spoke to about 100 teachers Thursday about their workforce needs, emphasizing a shortage of workers with highly technical skills.

Dan Dorfschmidt, operations manager for Butler Machinery, which sells and services machinery for coal and other industries, said he has 100 job openings for diesel technicians, including 25 jobs in Bismarck.

The company is trying to reach students when they are sophomores or juniors through school outreach or job shadowing programs so they can get prepared.