Trade craft workers, including electricians, welders and ironworkers, are encouraged to attend a jobs fair from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday at the Cajundome Convention Center.

Thirty-two industrial contractors including Bechtel, Boh Bros., Turner Industries, CB&I and Cajun Industries are looking for qualified workers.

The event is being put on by the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, Louisiana Economic Development’s FastStart worker training division, the Louisiana Workforce Commission and One Acadiana, the Lafayette-based nine-parish economic development organization.

According to the authority, the companies are involved in industrial projects along south Louisiana’s Interstate 10 corridor.

Trades in demand include: carpenters, heavy equipment operators, pipefitters, millwrights, riggers, painters and instrumentation technicians.

Also needed are the more white-collar specialties, including procurement experts, engineers, schedulers and project managers.

Representatives with South Louisiana Community College and the workforce commission will man booths to explain training opportunities and coach job seekers needing help in résumé writing.

For more information, go to the LEDA job fair page at