updated: 12/5/2011 11:22:34 AM
Rolls-Royce Corp. in Indianapolis says it has interviewed nearly 250 candidates for 87 machinist openings. The company says the new jobs are the result of insourcing work and a new labor deal with the United Auto Workers.
December 5, 2011
Indianapolis, IN -- Rolls-Royce, the global power systems company, is putting more Hoosiers to work. At a job hiring event Saturday at the company’s Indianapolis facilities, nearly 250 pre-screened candidates were interviewed to fill 87 openings for machinists. The positions, which provide above average wages and benefits, are being filled to support the growing need for production of engine components for commercial aircraft, defense aerospace, energy and marine markets.
Saturday’s hiring event was invitation-only and screened from nearly 1,300 applications that were submitted through the company’s recruiting website.
“These new jobs demonstrate the global competitiveness of our Indianapolis operations,” said John Gall, executive vice president, business operations, Rolls-Royce Gas Turbines Supply Chain. “We are winning new production contracts and bringing new jobs to the state that will help grow our domestic economy.” With a total order book of $96.4 billion globally, Rolls-Royce is building its workforce to meet the associated demand for increased production.
Rolls-Royce estimates that 137,000 engines, worth over $800 billion will be required over the next 20 years to power more than 63,000 commercial aircraft and business jets. In Indianapolis, the company’s manufacturing portfolio also includes regional jet, defense and helicopter engines.
Gallo added that these new positions are the result of a competitive labor agreement signed earlier this year with the United Auto Workers, covering approximately 1,700 Indianapolis employees. The positions are also the result of a production strategy undertaken by Rolls-Royce that shifted more work-in house instead of relying on outside suppliers. The machinist positions will help build additional core components that will be made in Indianapolis.
As Indianapolis’ second-largest private manufacturer**, Rolls-Royce has maintained a workforce of over 4,500 despite the nation’s economic downturn. Starting wages for these positions range between $18.25 to $21.25 per hour, and include attractive healthcare benefits.