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Lockheed Expanding F-16 Operation in S.C.

Oct. 25, 2021
The defense contractor is adding hundreds of new engineers, technicians, supervisors, mechanics and inspectors at the fighter-jet assembly, support, and MRO center in Greenville.

Lockheed Martin Corp. is eager to expand employment at its Greenville, S.C., location, site of its F-16 Fighting Falcon production, putting out the word that it is seeking to add 300 new workers in production and sustainment roles. Available positions include engineers, supervisors, mechanics, toolmakers, avionics technicians, airframe and power-plant mechanics, and quality inspectors, among others.

The F-16 is a fourth-generation fighter aircraft in service with the U.S. Air Force and more than two dozen other defense forces worldwide.

The Greenville plant has been the center for Lockheed’s F-16 Fighting Falcon assembly since 2017, and it also provides aircraft modification, maintenance, repair and overhaul services for military and civil aircraft, including the F-16. The current employment there is reportedly 700 workers.

Late last year the OEM announced a $900-million USAF contract to provide sustainment support and depot-overflow services for F-16 aircraft.

The company is offering financial incentives to fill selected roles, including up to $2,000 sign-on bonuses and up to $5,000 relocation lump-sum payments. Aircraft-specific experience is desired, but not required for some positions. On-the-job training is available, as necessary.

Lockheed Martin is working with South Carolina and the local government, as well as Greenville Technical College to fill the openings.

"These new roles represent Lockheed Martin's long-standing commitment to meet our customers' current and future needs, and to bring more jobs to the Greenville area," stated Danya Trent, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s F-16 program. "Many of these positions are on the leading edge of our digital engineering efforts on our F-16 production line. This is an incredibly rewarding opportunity to join the team that sustains and produces the F-16 for armed forces around the world."