Bringing some welcome news to a city hard hit by layoffs, Hawker Beechcraft plans to hire engineers and supply chain and operations personnel.
Hawker Beechcraft plans to hire more than 100 engineers by the end of the year, including 60 in the next three to four months, said Rich Jiwanlal, Hawker Beechcraft vice president of human resources.
The company is looking for project, electrical, manufacturing, powerplant and avionics and systems engineers with varying degrees of experience, including management.
It also needs to hire 40 to 50 employees over the next 90 to 120 days for its supply chain and operations areas, Jiwanlal said.
The need to hire arises as Hawker Beechcraft designs new products, upgrades existing ones and explores new markets for its commercial and military products, Jiwanlal said.
Hawker Beechcraft is using a variety of ways to attract employees.
For one, it will give cash awards to employees who refer qualified candidates. The program was popular three years ago when the aviation industry was robust and the company was recruiting heavily.
The company also will run ad campaigns in key cities such as Dallas, Albuquerque, Seattle and St. Louis.
And it has retained contract recruiters and search firms.
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