Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Holloman hosts hiring event for F-16 maintenance

ALAMOGORDO — Holloman Air Force Base along with AECOM, is hosting a hiring event to fill 638 jobs to maintain two F-16 squadrons from Hill Air Force Base at the Tays Center that began Tuesday and will continue today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

AECOM, who was awarded the contract to maintain the F-16s, is looking to hire experienced fighter aircraft mechanics. Candidates with prior F-16 experience are highly preferred but candidates with any fighter experience will be considered for employment.

Immediate openings are specifically in the 7 and 8 Aircraft Maintenance Units and lock 40/42 Back-Shop.

AECOM, a global company from Los Angeles, provides technical services to 150 countries and employs architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists, management and construction services professionals.

AECOM Senior Technical Recruiter Scott Cain said he is hopeful to hire as many locals as possible and is expecting 300 to 400 candidates over the next few days.

“We’ve had people from the local areas, and the majority of our candidates we’ve seen so far are local but I’ve had people come in today from Missouri, Arizona and California. So the word has definitely gotten out there,” Cain said. “We’ve broadcasted nationwide that we were actually coming here. Anybody that submits an application for one of our jobs gets notifications from us through our applicant tracking system. Anytime we get a candidate that applies to a job we can communicate with them.”

Cain said if they can hire about 100 people it would be a great start for the company’s aircraft maintenance contract.

“We’re going to be realistic here, if today we walk away with 100 hires from the local area it’s a great start,” he said. “That’s what we’re looking for is to get about 100 people to get us started.”

The Air Force announced earlier in June that it completed the Environmental Impact Assessment for the relocation of two additional F-16 training squadrons to Holloman Air Force Base for the creation of a new Formal Training Unit (FTU).

The temporary location will be an estimated three to four years.

Cain said AECOM is looking to fill 35 different requisitions that have over 600 openings. Some of the jobs include mechanics for weapons, avionics and engines. Other jobs are electricians and tool and parts attendants.

“We would like for them to apply on our website, upload their resume and submit for the job they want to be considered,” he said. “The more they can get done up front the easier for us it will be to process.”

Cain said the only prerequisites in order to apply for a job is a candidate must be a U.S. citizen and must be able to obtain secret clearance.

“What’s required is that you’re a U.S. citizen and have to have the ability to get a secret clearance, if you don’t have one,” he said.

According to a press release from the Otero County Economic Development Council, drug screening and background investigations are also required.

For more information or to apply visit

For any questions contact Cain by email at or James Johnson at or David Parham at

Benefits start on date of hire.

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