About 300 people interested in working at ST Aerospace – either in Mobile or its operation to be built in Pensacola – came out in force on Thursday.
The line at Pensacola State College’s student center extended out to the parking lot when the doors opened at ten o’clock. They were quickly ushered in and through the process of filling out an application and speaking with an ST Representative.
ST Aerospace plans to build a $37 million facility adjacent to Pensacola International Airport with an estimated workforce of 300. But the applications filled out at PSC were for jobs in the company’s Mobile plant, according to Vice President of Operations Bill Haffner.
“We’re trying to understand what sort of experience and qualifications are available in the Pensacola area,” said Haffner. “So right now we’re here to interview, to take applications, and to collect resumes.”
The ST Aerospace jobs in particular include aircraft maintenance inspectors, along with mechanics in the areas of avionics, interiors, airframe power plant, and structure and sheet metal. Jennifer McFarren with the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce says one advantage for Pensacola it its military aviation background – the Naval air stations and nearby Eglin Air Force Base.
A tentative agreement with ST would limit the firm’s contribution to its Pensacola project at 80 percent, or $7.24 million. The remainder of the $37 million price tag would come from the City and Escambia County, along with state and federal sources.
More information about career opportunities with ST Aerospace can be found online at www.stmae.com.