Lockheed Martin continues to ramp up production of the F-35 Fighter. That means jobs and lots of them.
About 3,000 people showed up at Lockheed's job fair last month. Another hiring event is planned on August 29 at the Sheraton in Fort Worth.
"With this event, we hope to bring 800 to 1,000 people,” explained Ken Ross with Lockheed Martin. “This will feed with what we're looking to build the growth of 1800 people, mainly on the production line, over the next year and a half."
The jobs are on the production line. People can pre-register to be guaranteed an interview. About 800 to 1,000 job offers will be made on the spot with letters of intent.
"If you have aerospace experience, that’s a perfect fit,” Ross said. “Other manufacturing experience, that's an opportunity too."
Judging from the last job fair, Lockheed expects at least 2,000 people to show up. Many have been waiting to upgrade to a higher paying job with good benefits. And Lockheed's outlook is strong with more international orders and President Donald Trump's emphasis on defense spending.
"As we grow from 50 aircraft last year to 17 a month by 2020, this is all an important piece of it,” Ross said.