Friday, October 29, 2010
Florida-based Piper Aircraft is searching for some highly talented aircraft engineers. They know there's no better place to try to land talent than Wichita, the Air Capital of the World.
"The talent certainly is really good," one recruiter says.
And right now a lot of that engineering talent is sidelined by layoffs at Wichita planemakers Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft and Bombardier Learjet. That's something Piper is familiar with as an O.E.M., or original equipment maker. The company has emerged from bankruptcy with new owners.
"It's a tough economy," Vince Worbington, Piper Aircraft Director of Programs, said. "We feel for those OEMs. We've been through our share of difficult financial times. We're not immune to those pressures economically, but at the same time it provides a good opportunity for Piper to strengthen our bench strength in engineering, manufacturing and even some other areas that are auxiliary to the Piper Jet development."
The engineers will be working on the revolutionary new Piper Jet Altaire. Some of the disciplines Piper is looking for help in include senior level engineers in airframe design, structural analysis, systems design, electrical, manufacturing as well as some certification engineers.
"I want to go to work. I've been out of work since April. Previous to this I worked for Falcon Jet in Little Rock, Arkansas," Marvin Aronowitz, a laid-off engineer said.
This is the third time Piper's held job fairs here in Wichita. If you weren't able to make it out on Friday they'll be there all day Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Wichita.