American Airlines is expanding the work conducted at the world’s largest commercial aviation base maintenance facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma (Tech Ops – Tulsa), resulting in the need to hire more than 400 new team members. Over the next few months, additional maintenance work will be sent to Tech Ops — Tulsa, including scheduled maintenance work on the Boeing 787 fleet. This work will require the skills of more than 400 new Tech Ops team members in various areas to assist with the additional work coming to the base.
“This is the first time in more than a decade that we’ve hired this many team members simultaneously, which underscores our long-term commitment to Tulsa,” said Erik Olund, Managing Director of Base Maintenance for American. “The Tulsa team continues to do great work by ensuring the safe operation of our fleet, and we look forward to bringing more of our aircraft to the base.”
“For 73 years, American has operated the largest commercial aviation maintenance base in the world here in Tulsa,” said City of Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum. “This announcement not only reaffirms American’s continuing commitment to Tulsa, but also the great benefit our community receives from investments like this. I’m grateful to the hard-working team at American for their partnership and am excited to see the impact of this work.”
More than 5,200 people currently work at the base, which is the largest commercial aircraft maintenance facility in the world with 22 buildings on the main base, including 3.3 million square feet of hangar and shop space sitting on 330 acres. American performs more maintenance work in-house than any other airline, and employs more than 15,000 Tech Ops professionals around the world.
American is dedicated to promoting the Tech Ops industry and creating employment opportunities, now and in the future, for Tulsa. Tech Ops – Tulsa, which has been ingrained in the Tulsa community since 1946, has a long history of supporting STEM-related initiatives with many partners in the region. This includes a partnership with OK2GROW, a business driven workforce development and career pathways nonprofit focused on entrepreneurship, high school completion and career awareness activities.
“I appreciated the opportunity to meet with American Airlines’ CEO and Chairmen about their decision to create 400 more jobs at their Tulsa maintenance facility,” said Governor Stitt. “Tech Ops Tulsa plays an important role in our economy and provides quality jobs for our citizens. I am proud that Oklahoma is the top state in the nation for the aviation and aerospace industry and honored to have American Airlines choose Oklahoma, once again, to grow their business.”
“I was excited to receive a call from American Airlines executives about their decision to expand the Tulsa facility. This is great news for Tulsa and Oklahoma’s aerospace industry,” said Sean Kouplen, Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Workforce.