Alaska Airlines’ Alaska fishing job vacancies are filling up, and they are not getting the attention they deserve.
The FAA has just sent more inspectors into Alaska, which is the home of one of the nation’s largest fleets of oil-rigs and the state’s largest employer, the Alaska Marine Industries Association.
The FAA is also sending more people to Alaska than ever before.
The agency says the number of job openings at Alaska’s largest fleet of oil rigs is on track to increase.
And it says that more than 5,000 additional employees will be needed to fill those jobs.
“We are confident that the agency will continue to meet its obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and will be able to respond quickly to Alaska’s needs,” said an FAA statement.
“This is good news for Alaska’s fishermen and businesses, but more importantly, it is good for the industry and our nation.”
According to the FAA, the agency is currently on track for about 3,000 jobs at Alaska rigs to be filled.
The average age of the fleet is around 65 years old, and its operators are currently working at or near the end of their retirement.
“The number of available rigs and the level of demand are on the rise.
We are committed to finding new jobs for the fleet, but also to supporting Alaska fishermen who want to remain in the industry,” said Lisa Bierut, Alaska’s director of oil and gas operations.”
Alaska’s oil rig fleet has experienced a sustained decline since the end and the industry will need to address this to keep up with the demand,” she added.
The announcement comes after the FAA announced a few weeks ago that it had sent a dozen inspectors into the state.
At the time, the FAA said the agency had about 2,000 inspectors.
Alaska Airlines, which operates the Alaska Airlines and Alaska Freight Group fleets, announced it was sending the inspectors in late August, and the FAA followed up on that announcement with more inspectors and the number has since increased.
The fleet of offshore rigs employs about 5,700 people and the company is looking for 10,000 more.