Robert “Bob” Moore, Site Manager for United Research Services Corp. (URS) a defense contractor at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, said the company is looking to add 250 new jobs at the base by Oct. 1. (Staff photo: Brad McEwen)
MCLB-ALBANY — United Research Services Corp. (URS), a Fortune 500 defense contractor at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, is looking to expand its payroll by 250 employees by Oct. 1 at its military vehicle maintenance facility on the base, officials said today.
Pay for the jobs ranges from $16.99 an hour for an auto painter to $25.68 per hour for an electrical technician III.
At a news conference this afternoon URS Site Manager Robert “Bob” Moore said the contractor will be hiring 250 new personnel starting immediately in a variety of job fields, with hopes of filling those positions by Oct. 1
“Right now, put that application in,” said Moore. “It closes when we fill it. The sooner the better.”
The positions currently open including auto body, auto painter, electrical technician II/III, gunsmith, mechanic, sheet metal and sandblaster.
“Skilled type laborers,” said Moore.”The jobs that we fill support the Marine civilian work force, who are experts in their trades. We’re like the surge for that. They maintain the expertise, we augment that, work side by side.”
Moore said URS is looking for individuals with three to five years of experience in their respective field, or extensive training in trade or technical school.
“A lot of them need three to five years’ experience,” said Moore. “We’ll likely employ students coming from places like Albany Tech. Each applicant’s an individual and at the interview we’ll assess their overall experience or knowledge.”
When asked, Moore said he could not guarantee the length of employment for any of the jobs, saying that was dependent upon the government’s need.
“We cannot guarantee the duration (of employment) because the mission could change,” Moore said. “We support the government mission and if the mission does change, we have to augment or adjust accordingly. We’re here to support the government as they need.”
URS was first awarded its contract at MCLB in April 2011. Its contract was renewed for another two years in March.
“We’re going to be here for another couple of years, hopefully longer,” Moore said. “A lot of it’s based on performance. We support the civilian work force and, as work increases, we add personnel to support that.”
Those interested in applying for one of the jobs can do so online at www.urscorp.com. The hiring process includes interviews, a drug screening and background check. Job offers and start dates will be supplied upon interview and benefits start the day of hire, a company news release stated. Once the new positions are filled, URS will boast close to 900 employees at MCLB-Albany.
The announcement came on the same day that the Georgia Department of Labor announced that the unemployment rate for metro Albany (Dougherty, Lee, Worth, Baker and Terrell counties) had risen from 8.7 percent in June to 9.1 percent in July with a net job growth of 100 jobs in that time, bringing the area’s total number of jobs to 60,700. In June 2013, metro Albany jobless rate was 9.3 percent.
For the city of Albany, the preliminary jobless rate for July was 10.4 percent, up three-tenths of a percent from June and half of a percentage point lower than July 2013.