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Interview with Steve Hendrickson - Aerospace

We visit with Steve Hendrickson who Chairs the Oklahoma Governor's Council for Workforce and Economic Development and is the Director for Governmental Relations for the Boeing Company, about aerospace jobs.
Interview with Steve Hendrickson - Aerospace

Steve Hendrickson

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Show 1126: Interview with Steve Hendrickson - Aerospace

Air date: June 26, 2011

 

Transcript

ROB MCCLENDON:  WELL WHEN IT COMES TO JOBS IN AEROSPACE, PROBABLY NO ONE IS BETTER SUITED TO SPEAK ON THE ISSUE THAN MY NEXT GUEST.  IN ADDITION TO BEING A DIRECTOR FOR GOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS FOR THE BOEING COMPANY, STEVE HENDRICKSON CHAIRS THE OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL FOR WORKFORCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.  AND, HE JOINED US EARLIER HERE IN THE STUDIO.

ROB:  SO STEVE, AS WE’VE SEEN SOME CONSTRICTION IN JOBS AND AEROSPACE AROUND THE COUNTRY, WE’RE ACTUALLY SEEING SOME GROWTH HERE IN OKLAHOMA.  WHY IS THAT?

STEVE HENDRICKSON:  THERE’S SEVERAL REASONS FOR THAT.  I THINK THE KIND OF WORKFORCE IN OKLAHOMA IS JUST HUGE, THE AVAILABILITY OF FOLKS THAT WE HAVE OWING PRIMARILY TO THE LARGEST COMMERCIAL REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE FACILITY IN THE WORLD IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA, AND THE LARGEST MILITARY REPAIR FACILITY AT TINKER AIR FORCE BASE IN OKLAHOMA, AND DON’T FORGET THE F A A MONRONEY CENTER IN OKLAHOMA CITY, ALL ARE BIG LOCUS FOR A LOT OF THE GROWTH THAT’S GOING ON IN THE STATE.  THOSE ARE JUST IDEAL ANCHORS FOR THE KINDS OF JOB GROWTH THAT WE’RE SEEING.

ROB:  THE BOEING COMPANY IS BRINGING FIVE HUNDRED AND FIFTY JOBS IN THE STATE.  TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THOSE JOBS.

HENDRICKSON:  THESE TWO PROGRAMS, PRIMARILY, THE B-1 BOMBER AND THE C-130 PROGRAM, AND THE C-130 PROGRAM IS BASICALLY IT’S A GUN SHIP, AND WHAT IT DOES IS, IT GOES INTO HARM’S WAY, AND WHAT OUR ENGINEERS DO IS WRITE THE SOFTWARE LINES OF CODE THAT MAKE THE COMMAND THAT THE PILOTS GIVE THE ORDINATES ON THAT AIRPLANE, THE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO HIT THE REQUIRED TARGETS.  ON THE B-1 PROGRAM, A B-1 IS A LONG-RANGE COMBAT BOMBER, SUPER SONIC BOMBER, AND WHAT OUR ENGINEERS DO ON THAT PARTICUALR PROGRAM IS WHAT’S CALLED EMBEDDED SOFTWARE; IT MAKES THE SOFTWARE ON THE ACTUAL AIRPLANE ITSELF TALK TO THE VARIOUS SYSTEMS AND TO THE WEAPONS SYSTEMS ON THAT AIRPLANE.

ROB:  SO THESE JOBS THAT YOU’RE HIRING FOR, TYPICALLY THEY SOUND LIKE ENGINEERING JOBS.  WHAT’S THE PAY?

HENDRICKSON:  HIGH FIVE DIGITS, LOW SIX DIGITS, DEPENDING ON QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE.

ROB:  OKAY.  NOW YOU WORK IN MULTIPLE STATES.  HOW IMPORTANT ARE STATE INCENTIVES TO ATTRACT JOBS LIKE THIS?

HENDRICKSON:  INCENTIVES CAN PLAY, AND IN THIS CASE, DID PLAY A PIVOTAL ROLE.  WHAT HAPPENS IS, THERE’S MANY STATES THAT HAVE THE TALENT THAT CAN OFFER UP, YOU KNOW CERTAIN HIGH SKILL JOBS, AND WHEN A COMPANY IS LOOKING TO RELOCATE, BASICALLY WHAT WE ARE DOING AT THE BOEING COMPANY IS, DOING THE, MAKING THE CHANGES WE HAVE TO HAVE TO COMPETE IN THE COMPETITIVE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT WE HAVE TODAY.  TO THE EXTENT THAT WE’RE DOING WORK TODAY IN SOME HIGH COST AREAS, IT MAKES SENSE FOR US TO LOOK AT LOWER COST AREAS.  ONE OF THE THINGS THAT CONTRIBUTES TO THE COST COMPETITIVENESS IN OKLAHOMA IS THE SUITE OF INCENTIVES THAT THE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OFFER.  OKLAHOMA OFFERS SOME OF THE MOST UNIQUE INCENTIVES IN THE COUNTRY.

ROB:  ALRIGHT, WELL THANK YOU SO MUCH, AND THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR THE STATE; STEVE HENDRICKSON WITH THE BOEING COMPANY.