Workers at Commercial Jet perform heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and modification services at the facility at the Dothan Regional Airport, while some positions currently advertised on Commercial Jet’s website seek clerk and human resources employees.
Commercial Jet has locations in Dothan and Miami. The announcement of 100 positions came after several job positions at the company were posted online between December and last month, primarily for the Dothan area.
CJET Academy, the company’s multi-partnership no-cost, eight-week program designed to train entry-level structural assemblers, is also expected to expand. The next class starts April 8. The company advertises that students who successfully complete the class are offered a job at Commercial Jet with a starting pay of $14 per hour.
Commercial Jet opened its Dothan facility in 2013 inside the former Pemco World Air Services facility. The company initially hired about 60 employees in Dothan but projected to employ 500 people directly over five years and create another 1,500 local jobs indirectly.
Commercial Jet’s most recent profile data through the Federal Aviation Administration showed the company employed 383 employees in 2014, including 146 mechanics, four repairmen and 190 non-certified mechanics.
The company had 229 employees in 2013, according to a previous Dothan Eagle report.
A study by the Sorrells Business College at Troy University projected that over 10 years from its start in Dothan, that Commercial Jet’s investment in Dothan would create $740 million in wages, along with $22.95 million in sales and property tax collection, directly and indirectly.
Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Parker said the skill development Commercial Jet brings with its partnerships with the Alabama Department of Commerce and Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) stimulate the aviation industry’s growth throughout the area.
Parker said efforts by Gov. Robert Bentley and the local delegation were essential to Commercial Jet locating to Dothan.
“It’s a higher income for our market, and it creates opportunity on both the entry level side of things and the high technical side of those jobs,” Parker said.
“Commercial Jet has launched a mechanism to grow their own and create a career path for folks who are passionate and can go as far as they want in future long-term aviation opportunities. It’s detailed work with a lot of regulations and inspection and oversight to meet the standard of industry, so you have to be very conscientious, but it’s a great field.”