An Airbus A319 is parked in hangar 2-D at the American Airlines Tulsa Maintenance Base. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

American Airlines announced Thursday it plans to hire an additional 165 aviation maintenance technicians and support positions at Tech Ops Tulsa, the company’s largest aircraft maintenance facility.

The news follows a summer announcement that American Airlines was adding 400 jobs to assist with more work at the base.

“It is fantastic news, capitalizing on our hiring that we announced about a month and a half ago,” Erik Olund, managing director of base maintenance for American, said by phone.

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“We’ve seen some huge success and turnout for those positions, and we think it’s a great thing to continue growing and doing some good things out here in Tulsa.”

Primarily Federal Aviation Administration-licensed mechanics, the new workers will focus on interior modifications to Boeing 737-800 and Airbus A321 aircraft to drive operational reliability and create a consistent product across American’s fleet.

Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, said Thursday he was thrilled by the news.

“American Airlines continues to be an employer of choice in the Tulsa region,” he said in a statement. “… This announcement reflects the continued growth and significant impact the aerospace industry has on northeast Oklahoma’s economy.”

Of the 565 new jobs in Tulsa, Olund said he expects to hire half by the end of 2019 and the remainder by the first quarter of 2020. More than 95% of the jobs will be AMTs, but some entry-level jobs such as stock clerks and parts washers are open, he said.

“Tulsa is the center of heavy maintenance for our technical operations team.” Olund said. “It is just absolutely an epicenter of busyness for us now.

“The whole company is looking to Tulsa as a fantastic group that has done reliable, high-quality work. Internally, we are just incredibly proud of the work going on here.”

Tech Ops-Tulsa employs more than 5,200 people and is spread over 3.3 million square feet and 330 acres.


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