Official: Sandia National Laboratories sees surge in hiring

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A top official with Sandia National Laboratories says the Albuquerque-based weapons research and development facility expects to hire 1,900 new employees this year.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Scott Aeilts told the Albuquerque Economic Forum on Wednesday that 1,100 of the hires will be for new positions and the rest will fill openings resulting from normal attrition.

Aeilts is associate labs director for mission services for Sandia, and he attributes the jobs surge partly due to efforts to modernize and extend the life of the country's nuclear weapons.

Sandia also plans to employ a record 500 student interns this summer, with 60 percent of those coming from New Mexico schools, and Aeilts says all of the hiring is a struggle because the economy is very competitive.

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