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Skilled Trade and Manufacturing Jobs in New Orleans

If it has traveled many miles into the ground, out to sea, or into space, it has most likely been developed or built in Greater New Orleans.

Indeed, the Greater New Orleans region has a long legacy in oil and gas, manufacturing, shipbuilding, and aerospace engineering and is one of the only areas in the world equipped to design, manufacture, and assemble advanced space and defense products, including military ground transportation vehicles, civilian and military aircraft, space vehicles, and both naval and commercial ships.

Combined with growth in emerging industries like coastal restoration and renewable energy—and bolstered by the billions of dollars companies are investing into the region to build new chemical plants and manufacturing facilities—careers in skilled trades and manufacturing in New Orleans are both plentiful and stable.


One of the largest companies in the world, Chevron is a multinational energy corporation engaged in every aspect of the oil, natural gas, and geothermal energy industries. One of the company’s most significant operations is its Gulf Coast unit, headquartered in St. Tammany Parish on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. Chevron’s extensive Gulf Coast operations are powered by many technical and corporate positions from engineering and operations to finance and accounting.

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Laitram is a vibrant, forward-thinking company with an intense commitment to innovation, integrity, and continuous improvement throughout its four operating divisions. Laitram Machinery (global manufacturer of nut, seafood, and vegetable processing equipment), Intralox (conveyer belts, equipment, and services), Lapeyre Stair (steel stair systems), and Laitram Machine Shop (high-value machining and related services). The Laitram family of companies offers a variety of positions for every skill set, from human resources and accounting to manufacturing and assembly, and has been named a Best Place to Work by New Orleans CityBusiness.

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Entergy is a Fortune 500 energy company headquartered in New Orleans and delivering electricity to millions of customers in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Entergy has annual revenues of $11 billion and 13,500 employees. In addition to the thousands employed in Entergy’s Nuclear and Specialized Skilled/Craft divisions, Entergy offers robust career opportunities for corporate professionals across human resources, legal, finance, supply chain, and communications.

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NASA Michoud Assembly Facility

Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans is a world-class manufacturing facility providing vital support to NASA exploration and discovery missions. Michoud is NASA-owned and managed for the agency by the Marshall Space Flight CenterMichoud’s capabilities include the manufacture and assembly of critical hardware components for exploration vehicles. Michoud contains one of the largest production buildings in the nation and proved critical in the construction, testing, and delivery of the space shuttle external tank. Today, Michoud supports several major projects for America’s next generation of space transportation vehicles, including NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) heavy-lift rocket, managed by Marshall, and the Orion spacecraft, managed by Johnson Space Center. Michoud’s highly skilled work force is manufacturing and assembling Orion and will build the critical core stage of the SLS, which is intended to take human explorers farther into our solar system than ever before.

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Textron Systems

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Textron is a $14 billion, multi-industry company employing 35,000 talented makers, thinkers, creators, and doers worldwide. The company makes things that fly, hover, zoom, and launch and serves customers in industries spanning aerospace and defense, specialized vehicles, turf care, and fuel systems. Textron’s Marine & Land Systems business is located in Slidell in St. Tammany Parish and employs trade, experienced, and military candidates in both New Orleans and Slidell.

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