The largest defense firms in the United States are hiring thousands of workers and companies are using new means to bring aboard staffers during COVID-19.
Companies are looking for workers with all talents to build aerospace and tech products and are using online video technology to interview candidates during stay-at-home orders.
Marillyn Hewson, Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin, said the company is committed to hiring during the crisis and provided a statement.
She said Lockheed Martin has made 1,000 new hires in the last two weeks and has been advertising thousands more jobs. In addition, the company has been actively supporting small business and hospitals during the emergency, committing $50 million to support small businesses and the supply chain to sustain jobs. The company has also been donating personal protective equipment for urgent need at local hospitals and is committing $2 million to FEMA for PPE supplies and medical devices. Since March, Lockheed Martin has hired more than 2,000 employees.
Lockheed Martin has been expanding its missiles and space businesses as the Pentagon and has increased spending in those areas.
Northrop Grumman said it would grow because of volume increases and sales growth and the company expects to be awarded work later this year, Kathy Warden, CEO, said. At Northrop Grumman, the company said it expected to hire 10,000 people this year.
Raytheon Technologies defense sector is building a new nuclear cruise missile worth an estimated $10 billion over its lifetime.
Additional companies on the hire:
Boeing is hiring in defense, cybersecurity and its intelligence units.
General Dynamics has 3,500 open positions within its Information Technology, Mission Systems, Land Systems and shipbuilding units.
BAE Systems has openings in its San Diego location and in offices across the country.