GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Just last year, Airbus was the world's second biggest aerospace and defense company, and now it's recruiting in the Triad.
- Airbus needs to fill 600 positions over the course of a year, specifically at its facility in Mobile, Alabama.
- It is willing to pay for new hires' relocation to help it build A320 and A220 aircrafts.
- Airbus is holding four job fairs, Wednesday, July 31 in Greenville and Thursday, August 1 in Elizabeth City.
Airbus needs to fill 600 positions over the course of a year, specifically at its facility in Mobile, Alabama. Director of communications, Kristi Tucker, said it is holding four job fairs this week for those spots, and three are in North Carolina.
"Greensboro is one of the key hubs for aviation professionals and technical professionals, so why wouldn't we be in Greensboro?" Tucker said.
It is willing to pay for new hires' relocation to help it build A320 and A220 aircrafts. Applicant Kevin Loo said he would most definitely jump at the opportunity.
"If they offer me a job and they said 'hey, you need to go to Mobile. This is your pay, this is what you're going to get paid, and this is how we are going to help you out.' If it is right and all the numbers crunch in nice, then yeah sure I will do it," Loo said.
Kevin Loo is one of the many people who came out to a job fair Tuesday in Greensboro. He currently attends Guilford Technical Community College, where he studied avionics. He said the focus on aviation in the area makes the Triad a great place for companies looking to hire work-ready employees straight out of college.
"Why not come here? I mean it is a good source. Wherever the schools are at is where usually the companies will go, and pick them up right as they come out graduated," Loo said.
This is where the schools are, multiple technical schools offer programs, not to mention training schools like Triad Aviation Academy. They churn out flight instructors, flight attendants and private pilots. TAA President Bruce McCall said it is not unusual for large corporations to look for talent here.
"It is a community effort. I want to make that clear. But we think that by getting the word out and delivering quality product people to the airlines keeps them coming back," McCall said.
Airbus is holding four job fairs, Wednesday, July 31 in Greenville and Thursday, August 1 in Elizabeth City. For a full list of open positions, click here.