GE Aviation to cut over 300 engineering jobs

Posted at 11:07 AM, Jan 29, 2016

GE Aviation is cutting 238 engineering jobs in southwestern Ohio and 69 at other U.S. sites as it trims more than 7 percent of its engineering workforce.

A spokesman for the General Electric Co. unit based in the Cincinnati suburb of Evendale said Thursday that the cuts are not due to any decline in business.

No jobs will be affected in the Dayton-area, but sites in West Chester Township will be affected by reductions, said spokesman Rick Kennedy.

Kennedy said the cuts are necessary as the company's new jet engines move from development and testing to production. He said the company is unable to maintain its current level of more than 4,300 engineers in the United States.

Affected engineers will receive severance benefits and continue getting wages and medical coverage for an amount of time based on how long they've worked at the company, he said.

Notifications will begin at the end of January.

GE Aviation still will employ more than 3,000 engineers in the area after the cuts and has offered voluntary early retirement to several hundred eligible engineers, Kennedy said.

"Significant effort has been made to move as many engineers as possible to other positions at GE Aviation and other GE businesses," he said.

According to the company, several new engine programs are in their early development cycle, including advanced military programs.