KF Aerospace will host a job fair this week in hopes of filling 40 new positions at its Mount Hope plant.
The company, which provides maintenance, engineering and modification services to commercial and military air operators, has multiple locations across Canada, including Hamilton.
The job fair will highlight a range of entry-level positions featuring paid on-the-job training and certification programs with “competitive salaries and benefits,” according to a press release.
These roles include aircraft paint and interior technicians, as well as hangar support and tool counter positions.
The company is also looking to hire licensed aircraft maintenance engineers and apprentices with structural, mechanical and avionics designations.
Grant Stevens, director of general services at KF Aerospace, told the Spectator that the company hopes to reach a target of 300 employees by the end of this year.
However, the Hamilton site could be capable of employing up to 400 people, he added.
“We plan to hire over the next two years as we grow,” he said, noting that the job fair will likely become an annual event.
Stevens said the company had weathered the pandemic storm “very well,” even adding new customers, while airline operators struggled as travel slowed.
KF Aerospace works on a wide variety of aircraft, including the Boeing 737 and 767, performing heavy maintenance, major overhauls, as well as aircraft conversion.
“These are good, stable jobs,” he said, pointing to benefits for part-time and full-time employees as well as an annual bonus program and paid time off. “And they all have career paths.”
Stevens said one of the most in-demand jobs in the Canadian aviation industry right now is for aviation technicians who specialize in working on aircraft structure.
It’s just one of the courses offered by Mohawk College, which partnered with the company to build the Aviation Technology Center at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport, said George Miltenburg , dean of the program association.
Miltenburg said that due to the pandemic, most airlines are looking for new talent, indicating high employment rates for Mohawk graduates. The college will have a booth at the career fair with information about aviation programs at the school.
“The opportunities in Hamilton are good,” Miltenburg said. “Transport Canada, which licenses aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs), foresees a need for AMEs that will continue for many, many years.
Career fair attendees will also be able to tour KF hangars and repair shops, as well as talk to staff to learn more about positions within the company.
The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday evening in the main hall of KF Aerospace and Mohawk College at 9500 Airport Rd. in Mount Hope. Free parking is available and applicants from all walks of life are welcome.