Lockheed Martin will hire up to 500 engineers in Syracuse, New York next year. The new jobs are in addition to the 750 positions Lockheed Martin previously announced it will need to fill in Owego, New York, if the US101 helicopter wins several near-term competitions.

Robert Coutts, executive vice-president of electronic systems, says: "Our current growth and potential further expansion demonstrates Lockheed Martin's commitment to New York and our belief that the state's elected representatives are focused on cultivating a positive business environment."

Hiring plans for 2005 will also support a $413 million contract for the Advanced Hawkeye radar programme win in 2003, and several other programmes. The engineers will replace those leaving through normal attrition.

Lockheed Martin is stepping up its recruitment efforts by expanding its advertising and college recruiting. It will also host more engineering job fairs next year.

The corporation is touting employee benefits such as 100 per cent tuition reimbursement, a savings and pension plan, health club reimbursement and flexible work schedules.

It is also offering employees up to $3,000 in cash bonuses for anyone they introduce to Lockheed Martin who is subsequently taken on by the company.

Source: Flight International