Lockheed to fill 500 positions at job fair

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On Dec. 5 the company will hold its fourth local hiring event at the Sheraton Downtown Fort Worth where it hopes to fill at least 500 assembly line jobs, said Ken Ross, a company spokesman. It will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

While walk-up candidates will be accepted, applicants are encouraged to review the position requirements at LockheedMartinJobs.com, Ross said. If a job seeker meets the necessary conditions for hiring, it is recommended that they pre-register for the event, giving them a specific time to check in for interviews.

Lockheed is looking for employees to work the F-35 assembly line as structural and electrical assemblers, aircraft and field service mechanics and painters to apply high-tech coatings to the stealth fighter.

Experience is a plus — only 40 percent of those receiving initial letters of intent actually make it through a rigorous screening process that includes aptitude tests and a background check. Competition for the jobs is stiff because manufacturing workers can make up to $75,000 a year, depending on experience.