Textron Aviation is addressing the labor shortage with a three-prong effort to bring in career talent. Job prospects range from entry-level manufacturing positions to high-level engineering slots.
Incentives include, according to Textron, starting wages, sign-on bonuses and special tax credits that could generate up to $25,000 in benefits.
The new minimum wage for new-hire manufacturing employees and service professionals is $20 per hour at Textron Aviation headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, “one of the highest entry-level hourly wages in the region,” according to Textron. And the company asserts that many employees see wage increases every 90 days.
Sign-on bonuses are on the table for a variety of positions, including electrical engineers—$5,000; A&P mechanics—$5,000; and “other manufacturing and service roles”—$4,000.
And the Textron pitch includes this offer: “Qualifying new hires in aviation have a chance to receive up to $5,000 a year as a Kansas state income tax credit. You may qualify to claim the credit each year through 2026—totaling up to $25,000 in value.”
Company benefits also include: tuition assistance up to $8K for undergraduate-level classes and certificate programs; $10K for graduate-level classes; tuition assistance for pilot training; vacation, sick leave and other paid time off; onsite wellness center & pharmacy in Wichita; wellness program rewards; company-paid short-term disability; and free access to pet care, daycare and elder care.