Giant OK City Air Logistics Center hiring, training, booming
OKLAHOMA CITY — Brianna Bailey’s feature in today’s Oklahoman shows how leadership, vision and savvy voters turned a potential economic tragedy into opportunities most communities only dream about.
The story begins in 2006. Oklahoma County voters approved borrowing $55 million to purchase the shuttered General Motors Chevy Malibu plant, then leasing it to the Air Force for just $1 annually.
Today this huge 2.6 million-square-foot Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex at Tinker Air Force Base houses 9,000 workers. More than 1,840 aerospace manufacturing and engineering employees work at the plant, which produces massive engines for F-16 Fighting Falcons and KC-135 Stratotankers.
Last year Tinker aimed to hire 1,000 more workers in just 100 days, Bailey reports. A Helper-Trainee program provides jet engine mechanic prospects with on-the-job training and classroom time. Sheet metal workers and welders are also in demand.
Tinker’s Software Maintenance division plans to add 150 more workers each year to the 900 already there, mostly software engineers. For application info, click here.
The Oklahoma City Chamber reports 17,884 civilian Air Force workers at Tinker in 2015, the single-largest source of aerospace-related jobs in the region.