As the Senior Assistant Commissioner for Workforce Development, Hockett oversees Talent Ready Utah, a center legislatively created to represent the voice of industry in developing short-term and long-term workforce development strategies. Talent Ready Utah is industry-facing and focuses on workforce alignment by convening state agencies and private sector partners to create and expand workforce training programs, K12 pathways, certificates, apprenticeships, and degrees that are executed by the state’s institutions of higher education and public school system.
Hockett has over 13 years of operations and executive leadership experience in the advanced manufacturing sector. He has served in numerous engineering, plant management, and C-Suite roles, as well as was the business owner/operator of a corporate consulting company. While in industry, he served as an adjunct instructor for Dixie State, wrote curriculum and developed manufacturing programs for Dixie Tech College, and later served five years as the Executive Vice President of Dixie Tech College before returning to industry to lead a large manufacturing company as COO. Hockett excitedly returned to the public sector in 2021 to pursue his passion for workforce development through industry and education engagement as he accepted the role as Director of Talent Ready Utah.
When not at work, Hockett loves to spend time shanking balls around any golf course, woodworking, metalworking, home improvement projects, enjoying the family cabin, all things outdoors, and spending as much time as possible with his incredible wife and three kids. Hockett is also a proud citizen of the Chickasaw Indian Nation of southeast Oklahoma.