GE Aviation Laying Off Engineers

Jan 28, 2016

Southwest Ohio, including this test facility near Peebles, has a majority of GE Aviation's engineers.
Credit GE Aviation / provided

GE Aviation is laying off more than 300 engineers across the country, with a majority of the eliminated positions in the Cincinnati area. 

Spokesman Rick Kennedy says 238 engineers will be let go locally.  He says there are still more than 3,000 positions in southwest Ohio.  The company has 4,352 engineers in the United States, but plans to lower that number to just over 4,000, a 7 percent reduction.

Kennedy says the layoffs are because engine development programs are completed and the engineers are no longer needed. In a statement, Kennedy says GE Aviation moved some engineers to other positions within the division and to other GE businesses. 

GE Aviation has offered voluntary early retirement to eligible employees.