Piper Aircraft will hold a job fair in Wichita, Kans., next week, the company said on Wednesday. About 20 positions are open for engineers and designers, all of them based at the company headquarters in Vero Beach, Fla. The company has already tried to fill the jobs locally, Piper spokeswoman Jackie Carlon told AVweb on Wednesday. "We always search first in Indian River County and then the state of Florida, before looking elsewhere," she said. "These are all highly skilled positions." Most of the new hires will be put to work on the Altaire jet project, she said.
Applicants were asked to submit their resumes via email to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the job fair. For more info, go to the Piper website. Piper currently employs about 800 workers. The $2.5 million Altaire single-engine jet is expected to start deliveries in 2014. "The advantage that Piper has over other manufacturers with an interest in a single-engine jet is a solid underlying commitment by Imprimis, the owner of the company, to appropriately fund the program and see it through to successful completion," Piper CEO Geoffrey Berger said in July.