and careers that soar.
In Wichita, the message can be seen on billboards, heard on the radio and read in the newspaper.
Eclipse Job Fairs Jan 4 and 5 in Wichita and Independence, Kansas for experienced aircraft workers in multiple disciplines.
The ads tout the Eclipse 500 as the winner of the Collier, their 2,500 orders, and offer "excellent salaries with stock options."
Independence, Kansas you ask? Just a sleepy little Kansas town a hundred or so miles S.E. of Wichita with a population of about 10,000. Well it does have another thing going for it. Cessna will produce the Mustang at their Independence facility with the effort led by Ron Holter, who used to head up manufacturing at Eclipse.
Eclipse has a problem in recruiting new employees. The company has experienced a fair amount of turnover and those who have left are now working at other aerospace companies across the country. I don't think many of the Eclipse alumni are encouraging others to move to Albuquerque.
The "Hot Jobs" posting on the Eclipse web site is revealing. While many of the jobs are required to support eventual production increases, some are key slots vacant because somebody left, like the opening for the Manager of Stress Analysis, or the Lead Performance Engineer, or the Lead Weights Engineer. Would sure like to interview the individuals who previously held these positions.
Another revealing vacancy is for the Lead, Flight Quality. This person needs "Experience performing airworthiness inspections and issuing FAA standard airworthiness certificates on behalf of the FAA." It is hard to imagine the FAA granting the Production Certificate with this key slot open.
If you are going to build 500 aircraft per year, it will take a lot of deck hands. Not just warm bodies but people who know what they are doing. Yet even if the company were fully staffed, it is going to take some time to get the internal systems working right and everyone working as a team.