Spirit AeroSystems is giving employees details this morning of the second wave of a plan to outsource some information technology functions.
The company is meeting with the 135 Spirit employees — 132 in Wichita and three in Tulsa — and 13 contractors whose jobs are affected, said Spirit spokesman Ken Evans.
The employees work in some areas of network, infrastructure, applications and desk side support.
Spirit workers will be offered jobs with IBM or Hewlett Packard — the vendors taking over the IT work — or offered other jobs within the company, Evans said.
The vendors will complete evaluations over the next couple of weeks and make offers, then Spirit will work with the remaining employees, he said.
"We understand the situation is not ideal for everyone, but we want to smooth it out as much as possible," Evans said. "We want to be fair."
Thirteen of the employees, those who are represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace engineering unit, will be transferred to lateral jobs within Spirit, Evans said.
Some affected employees who are eligible could decide to take a voluntary early retirement package.
The changes are effective April 2.
In October, Spirit brought in IBM to take over some functions. The change affected 37 Spirit employees and 15 contractors, most of them on the help desk.
It announced at the time that a second wave would occur later.
The two actions affect less than 40 percent of the company's information technology work force, Evans said.
"This is the end of the planned outsource activity in IT," he said. "As a result of our core competency focus, we can't absolutely rule out that there might be additional statements of work sourced out to vendors in the future, but none are currently planned."