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Tinker always looking for more civilian workers

A KC-135R Stratotanker is shown undergoing depot-level maintenance, along with parts and supplies. [Photo by Greg L. Davis, U.S. Air Force]

A KC-135R Stratotanker is shown undergoing depot-level maintenance, along with parts and supplies. [Photo by Greg L. Davis, U.S. Air Force]

Civilians make up the bulk the workforce at Tinker Air Force Base, and the base is constantly looking for new workers.

Christina Lhamon, director of personnel at the Air Force Sustainment Center, said big areas of demand at Tinker now are in accountants, software engineers, sheet metal mechanics, aircraft electricians and hydraulic mechanics.

"We hire about 600 federal wage-grade employees each year to keep up with attrition, and we've got elevated hiring now because we've got new workload," Lhamon said.

Out of 31,030 total personnel at Tinker Air Force Base, 18,440 are civilians, or about 85 percent.

Tinker loses about 60 people a month through attrition, so the base has to constantly be hiring more civilian workers.

The Air Force base has an annual federal payroll of $1.62 billion. Civilians payroll at the base alone is more than $1.24 billion.

The base has new hiring demand in aircraft maintenance for the U.S. Air Force and Navy.

A large part of the new workload at the base is being generated by software programming for the B-32 and E-3 aircraft, said Amy Noble, human resources supervisor for the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker.

Many of the jobs available at Tinker are in technical fields that require specific training and experience. Tinker recently was granted expanded fast-track hiring authority that allows the base to expedite the hiring process and make quick job offers at career fairs, Lhamon said.

The base has 38 areas of high-demand jobs in fields such as sheet metal worker and air craft mechanics, where this authority has been granted.

"It allows us to go to these events and reach out and talk to these great applicants, and our supervisors can make a selection very quickly," Lhamon said.

Tinker works also with local CareerTech programs, internship programs and high schools to recruit workers into highly-skilled, high-demand fields such as financial management, Lhamon said.

By the numbers

 

Tinker Air Force Base personnel:

 

31,030

Total workforce

 

18,440

Civilians workers

 

60

Workers leaving month through attrition

 

$1.62B

Annual federal payroll

 

$1.24B

Annual civilians payroll

 

To see civilian jobs available at Tinker Air Force Base, go to 

www.usajobs.gov and www.nafjobs.org

Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›

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