Boeing Plans to Grow Albuquerque Workforce by Over 50% in 2019

By Collin Krabbe, Albuquerque Business First


September 18, 2019 – The Boeing Co, one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense companies, is expanding in Albuquerque following a large contract win with the U.S. Department of Defense, according to a proposal for state funding obtained by Business First.

The company’s Laser & Electro-Optical Systems business unit will look to create 80 jobs in Albuquerque over the next five years for the newly awarded work, and the majority of those positions are to be filled much sooner.

A proposal submitted to the New Mexico Economic Development Department says Boeing is requesting $1.37 million in Job Training Incentive Program money for 46 of those positions, which department spokesman Bruce Krasnow said the company hopes to hire for by year’s end. That proposal was approved Friday by the JTIP board. JTIP funds training for new positions at expanding or relocating businesses for up to six months.

The new positions will include mechanical, software and electrical engineers as well as various managerial roles. The average wage of state-backed employees will be $53.08.

Boeing employs 91 in Albuquerque at this time and the company’s LEOS unit is its largest branch in town. The firm has 204 workers statewide, Krasnow said.

Laura Swift, a spokeswoman for Boeing, confirmed the growth plans but was unable to disclose specifics about hiring projections or if the firm was going to expand or relocate its local facilities. Albuquerque Operations Manager Elaine Landon and Program Manager Ronald Dauk were unavailable for comment. The company’s Duke City operation is located at 4411 The 25 Way.