Goodrich Corp. has added more than 400 workers to its operation here over the past year, and is still hiring.
EVERETT, Wash. — Goodrich Corp. has added more than 400 workers to its operation here over the past year, and is still hiring.
The Boeing Co. has added close to 7,000 Puget Sound-area workers over the past 12 months, and on Friday had help-wanted notices posted in 90 different job categories.
And many smaller aerospace firms are in the market for engineers, sheet metal workers and others.
“There are just tons of jobs. All of a sudden, aerospace is just picking up,” said Jan Scudder, a recruiter with Washington WorkSource’s Everett office.
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Goodrich held a job fair at the Everett WorkSource office earlier this month, recruiting aircraft mechanics and engineers for about 100 openings the company plans to fill this summer at its Paine Field jet maintenance facility.
“Our customers are just sending us more work,” said spokeswoman Denise Anderson with Goodrich’s Aviation Technical Services group in Everett, which does jet maintenance for airlines. “The more the airplanes fly, the more they need maintenance.”
Goodrich also has been recruiting in the Northwest for engineers to fill about 150 openings at the company’s California-based Aerostructures unit, spokeswoman Gail Warner said. Those jobs stem from Goodrich winning contracts to supply parts to Airbus for its proposed new A350, and to Boeing for the 787.
Two programs are driving increased employment at Boeing. In June, the company reported that it had added 400 people to work on the Everett-based 787 and the Multi-mission Maritime Aircraft program, which is converting 737s into U.S. Navy patrol planes.
Boeing has added about 4,800 workers at its Puget Sound facilities this year, bringing its work force in the region to 59,219 — still far below the approximately 80,000 workers Boeing had before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Many of the new Boeing workers were laid off after the attacks and are now being called back. Machinists union officials say more than 2,700 of their members have been recalled so far this year.
Northwest Composites and Flight Structures Inc., both in Marysville, have been hiring recently with new contracts from airlines, Scudder said.
“It seems like every airline in the industry is refurbishing something,” she said.
Temporary services firms that specialize in aerospace also are recruiting heavily, Scudder said. Her office has received notices of more than two dozen aerospace job openings so far this month.
Some companies are having a hard time filling jobs posted last month, she added, particularly for machine operators with experience using computer numeric controlled equipment.
“Machinists,” Scudder said. “They are wanting machinists and we can’t find them anywhere.”
There’s also a demand for sheet metal workers at smaller shops that build aerospace parts, she said.
“They can’t get enough of them,” Scudder said. “It’s going crazy, which is good.”