Jeff Benzing

Jeff Benzing, spokesman for the General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Plant, was pleased with the turnout for a job fair for temporary workers to fill in while employees take summer vacations.

Jeff Benzing was pleased with the turnout for the General Motors job fair May 27 at the WorkOne Northeast office. About 60 people came in to apply for temporary, part-time jobs at the General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Roanoke. Benzing said the extra help was needed to fill in as employees take summer vacations or, later in the year, take off time for hunting.

The plant used to shut down for summer vacations, but with the Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierras being so popular, shutting down production is no longer feasible.

Applying through the job fair eliminates the need to schedule an interview, so after going through the assessment an individual could be working within two weeks making $16.67 per hour. Second shift gets a 5% shift premium, and third-shift workers get a 10% premium.

Temporary workers are limited to 32 hours a week. After 91 days, part-time temporary employees are eligible for benefits.

And if temporary employees show up on time and do a good job, they could be hired as permanent employees, Benzing said.

Those who missed the job fair may still apply online by going to https://search-careers.gm.com/. Note: When it asks you what city you’re looking for, choose Roanoke.

Following are requirements for working at GM:

• Must be at least 18 years of age and eligible to work in the United States.

• Must be willing to work flexible shift hours, any shift, any day with little notice.

• Report for work on time to support production startup and throughput goals.

• Must possess good physical stamina and coordination. Could be required to stand and/or walk for long periods daily while frequently bending, twisting, reaching and periodically lifting up to 40 pounds.

• It takes 2-4 weeks to complete the hiring process. Interested individuals must be able to satisfactorily complete the General Motors hiring process requirements, which include comprehensive assessments, hair drug testing and a background check.

General Motors is an equal opportunity employer.

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