Air Force, firm looking to hire 638 fighter jet mechanics

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Airman 1st Class Diamond Balock White and Airman 1st Class Raena Sadowski, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron aircrew egress technicians, prepare an F-16 Fighting Falcon canopy for removal on June 26, 2017 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Canopy removal on fighter jets is part of routine maintenance to ensure proper safety for pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caleb Worpel)

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — Holloman Air Force Base and engineering firm AECOM are hosting a hiring event to fill 638 fighter jets maintenance jobs.

The Alamogordo Daily News reports the workers will maintain two F-16 squadrons from the base in southern New Mexico.

AECOM, who was awarded the contract to maintain the planes, 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.

AECOM Senior Technical Recruiter Scott Cain says if the firm can hire about 100 people it would be a great start for its aircraft maintenance contract.

The event is running Tuesday-Thursday at the Tays Center.

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