Lockheed Martin makes hiring push for ex-Boeing engineers

EVERETT — With hundreds of Boeing aerospace engineers out of work in recent months, Lockheed Martin is holding a string of job fairs in Boeing country.

Lockheed recruiters were in Everett on Tuesday, and will be in Kent on Thursday and St. Louis on April 18.

“This is the first time I’ve seen a (rival aerospace) company make a push like this,” said Bill Dugovich, spokesman for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA). The white-collar union represents engineers and technical workers at Boeing. Most SPEEA members working at Boeing are in Washington.

Already about 500 SPEEA members have either taken buyouts or been laid off this year. More cuts could come as soon as late April. The job cuts come as Boeing management slashes labor costs and other expenses. They have been deepest in the company’s commercial airplanes division, which is based in Washington. Much of Boeing’s defense division is around St. Louis.

Lockheed is recruiting engineers to work on its F-35 program in Fort Worth, Texas, and for its Skunk Works in Palmdale, California, according to the company’s website.

Thursday’s event is at Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center, 17620 International Boulevard, SeaTac. It has a morning session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and an afternoon session from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The St. Louis event is at Renaissance St. Louis Airport, 9801 Natural Bridge Rd., Berkeley, Missouri. It also runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., April 18.

Dan Catchpole: 425-339-3454; dcatchpole@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @dcatchpole.

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