Syracuse Surge Pop-Ups Help Employers Showcase Advanced Manufacturing Careers to Community

Posted on February 27, 2023

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CenterState CEO’s Tech and Culture is hosting several Syracuse Surge Pop-Up events to showcase advanced manufacturing careers. Attendees meet employers, learn about career opportunities, and what it’s like to work at these businesses. They also connect with Surge Advanced Manufacturing program graduates and meet with education and training providers to hear firsthand about the program and what they can expect as a potential participant.

Pop-Ups include opportunities for the community to try on clean suits and get hands on with robots, electrical components and production equipment, from participating employers including Lockheed Martin, PPC, United Radio, NexGen Power Systems, among others.

Pop-Ups are open to students, parents, individuals looking for a second career, retirees and the community at large. They are also for those in the industry looking to advance their careers or connect with others through mentorship, events and meet ups.

Pop-Ups are an attraction strategy that serves a dual purpose. For employers, it’s part of a broader industry partnership strategy to align employers, training providers and community partners to ensure people have access to the training and tools necessary to enter and succeed in these careers where there is high demand. For participants, the Pop-Ups answer questions about high-tech manufacturing — semiconductors, chips, skills needed, etc., — and allow people to see themselves in an industry that offers on the job training, quelling the perception that all high-tech jobs require a higher education degree.

The Pop-Ups are part of Syracuse Surge, the City’s strategy to help Syracuse be competitive in the new economy. Interested community members can register here.Through these events, the community can also explore the training available through the Surge Advanced Manufacturing (SAM) and Electrical Mechanical Technician (ELM) programs. SAM and ELM classes start April 10. Those interested in high-tech manufacturing should apply here for this competitive program. Participants in the ELM training will earn SUNY credits that can be used at Onondaga Community College.

Companies interested in showcasing their business at a Pop-Up should contact Meghan Durso, senior manager of Industry Partnerships for Work Train, at, or Laiza Semidey, Syracuse Surge workforce manager, at



Jobseekers network with industry leaders at the first Syracuse Surge Pop-Up, at the Salt City Market. Additional Pop-Ups are scheduled this month.


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