MELBOURNE, Fla. (April 28, 2010) — The Space Coast has a qualified, experienced and available labor force ready to get to work, and Melbourne International Airport has a stack of resumes to prove it.
Airport officials put out a call for resumes a little more than a month ago to show aviation-related industries that the area has the work force to fulfill their needs. Melbourne International, which boasts an expansive industrial and research park, is being considered for several new aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities.
The response has been overwhelming: Airport officials hoped to receive at least 200 qualified resumes in a span of 90 days. Instead, more than 250 resumes have arrived in half that time, and they’re still coming.
“We will make these available to potential employers,” Larry Wuensch, the airport’s land development director, told the Melbourne Airport Authority board this morning 4/28. “We knew the work force was out there, but we didn’t expect such a strong response so quickly.”
At least one of the companies considering locating at the airport is expected to create as many 200 new jobs.
Demonstrating a qualified and available work force sets Melbourne International apart from other airport communities vying for the new operations, Wuensch said.
“The skills and experience are definitely here,” Wuensch said.
Resumes received to date reflect a strong mix of skills from aircraft maintenance and jet engine mechanics to aeronautical engineering and avionics, Wuensch said.
The resumes have come from all along the Space Coast, from workers at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to former employees of Piper Aviation in Indian River County, he added.
The airport will continue to accept resumes for at least another 30 days. Resumes are being sought from people with specific aviation-related job skills, including avionics, hydraulics, composites, airframe and power plant mechanics, electrical and electronics technicians and aircraft structural mechanics.
Interested parties should submit one-page resumes via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Melbourne International Airport
One Air Terminal Parkway, Suite 220
Melbourne, FL 32901
IMPORTANT NOTE: Because all resumes will become public record, submissions requesting confidentiality should provide an e-mail address for identification in place of a name and address.
About Melbourne International Airport
Melbourne International Airport serves east Central Florida, including Brevard and Indian River counties, and is responsible for generating more than $1 billion per year in economic activity. The airport, which has three runways and a 200,000-square-foot terminal, currently serves Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Direct Air, US Airways and Baer Air. For more information, visit www.mlbair.com.