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Wichita aerospace and defense job fair slated for Tuesday

Boeing plans to hire 4,000 to 5,000 people this year — the majority of them in its commercial aircraft division in the Puget Sound area. To that end, Boeing recruiters are heading to Wichita to look for experienced aviation employees.

“We’re going to bring a lot of folks in,” said Boeing spokesman Steve Davis.

Boeing plans to take part in a Wichita aviation, aerospace and defense job fair at the Wichita Marriott hotel on Tuesday. The event, sponsored by Expo Experts, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Nextant Aerospace, Lockheed Martin and others also will be there.

Boeing is seeking employees to fill hourly positions and engineering openings. It has 400 open job titles, and is looking to fill openings for certified aerospace mechanics, quality inspectors and those with engineering skills, Davis said.

All jobs require two years of experience and U.S. citizenship or the proper authority to work in the U.S., he said. Expo Experts officials will screen applicants at the door to ensure they meet the minimum requirements.

Applicants should bring a resume and also apply online.

Boeing has an order backlog for 3,000 commercial airplanes and is increasing production rates on its 737 and 777 airliners. “That’s largely what’s driving our requirements right now,” Davis said.