CHARLESTON -- If you’re interested in building airplanes at Boeing’s North Charleston plant, set your clocks for midnight Friday. That’s when up to 3,000 people can submit applications to become 787 Dreamliner assemblers and fabricators.
But you better move quick and be willing to wait for an opening.
ReadySC, the state-run program that trains potential Boeing employees, will stop accepting applications after it’s received its quota. And from that haul, Boeing only wants a pool of 1,000 qualified job seekers from which to hire going forward.
Boeing spokeswoman Candy Eslinger emphasized that the hiring process is not immediate but encouraged anyone interested in a career with the Chicago-based aviation giant to apply first thing Saturday morning.
“It’s easy, the application process is,” she said Wednesday. “So I would encourage people to do that quickly.”
This is the third application drive that Boeing has conducted through ReadySC, .
At the end of 2009, about 10,000 people applied, ReadySC spokeswoman Lauren Hansen said. Over the following 18 months, that pool was exhausted, and Boeing accepted another 1,000 applications in June, Hansen said.
Applicants for the entry-level positions must be available to work anytime, be able to stand for long periods and work on elevated spaces. They also must be high school graduates, or equivalent, and have at least one year of relevant work experience.
If they qualify, prospective employees must then complete a multi-step training program before they can be considered for full-time employment at Boeing. Eslinger would not say what the positions pay, only that the company’s compensation package is “above average” for the region.
While Boeing has imported expertise from its other plants, Eslinger said the company will continue to hire locally “to have a workforce reflective of the region.”
Boeing has about 5,000 employees and contractors at its Charleston International Airport site, she said. That figure includes workers at two factories that supply 787 fuselage sections. The new third plant, where Boeing is assembling its first locally produced Dreamliner, is expected to have a payroll of 3,800.
Eslinger said Boeing has been hiring about 20 people a month.
The first South Carolina-made 787 is scheduled for delivery next year, and by the end of 2013, three planes a month will be assembled in North Charleston.