MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Another major company has signed on with Airbus to work with the assembly line project being built at the Brookley Aeroplex.
That could mean more jobs for people in Mobile.
HONEYWELL GETS CONTRACT
Wednesday, June 26 Airbus announced it has awarded Honeywell the contract to operate the central utility plant at the assembly line.
That facility will control the utilities: heating, cooling, even drinking water.
In turn, Honeywell has announced it will hire several Mobile and Alabama-based contractors to help complete the facility.
Sean Mahoney, regional manager with Honeywell Building Solutions, said, "I figure that we should be employing a good number of local folks there in Mobile. In labor force, we expect to be around 50 employees during the construction period, and, of course this will spur a whole lot of other investment and construction activity that will take place there."
PLANS FOR HIRING
In fact, Honeywell said it has already partnered with Thompson Engineering in Mobile, and the best way to apply for jobs will be on the company website.
Mahoney said, "We'll have a local office there with a construction trailer that we'll be deploying right there in Mobile. The website is going to be the correct way (to apply). Everything that we'll have as positions will be posted, both from us, Honeywell, as well as from our downstream sub-contractors."
OTHER JOBS AVAILABLE
Airbus has already been hiring for professional positions through AIDT, an independent agency under the supervision of the Alabama Department of Commerce.
Lee Hammett, AIDT assistant director, said, "I think we've got ten positions posted right now for manufacturing engineer, and there are three more positions. I'm not sure exactly what they are, but they're along quality electrical lines that will be posted in the next month to six weeks."
WHEN WILL HOURLY JOBS OPEN?
It was expected hourly jobs wouldn't be posted until about mid to late summer.
Hammett said, "We're looking at, right now, some time late in this year posting those jobs, and to start recruiting for them probably in January, so, it's coming along very well."
All jobs will be posted on the AIDT website , but only as they become available.
AVIATION TRAINING CENTER
If you're interested in getting a job with Airbus, but don't have the training, there's a new avenue you'll soon be able to try.
AIDT is now in the process of building an Aviation Training Center in Mobile to train people to work at Airbus.
Construction crews just broke ground earlier in June 2013. It's on Ninth Street in the Brookley Aeroplex, and it will be finished in March 2014.
HOW MUCH DOES THE TRAINING COST?
Hammett said, "The training is free. There is no cost to the applicant. We don't pay them to go to training and we don't charge them."
It's too early to apply right now.
Officials with AIDT will put out that information on their website, just as they do when posting jobs available at Airbus.
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