Argon Engineering Associates Inc. plans to hire 47 people in the next two months. Debbie Jaudon, director of human resources, talked with The Post's Kate Wichmann.

Q What does your company do?

A We're a defense contractor that designs and builds signal interception systems for the federal government.

What skills or traits in an employee do you think contribute to your work environment?

You need to be excited about the work, that always makes a big difference. It's good to be open to new ideas and be able to work in a team environment.

What would employees of your company say were the best reasons for working there?

We have incredibly smart employees here with a wonderful management team . . . Most of our engineers come because of the technical challenges and to keep their technical skills up to date.

Who owns your company?

Our company is 100 percent owned by the present employee workforce.

What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?

We have a lot of stability to offer. Obviously there are no guarantees for the future, but our company is growing.

What are the demographics of your company?

We're about 30 percent female and 20 percent minority. On our 11-person executive team we have three women and one minority. Our average age is 35.

What positions do you have available and what level of expertise do you want?

We need 10 systems engineers (five-plus years' experience), 30 software engineers (entry level to senior), one logistics specialists (three to five years'), one facilities specialist (five years'), one system administrator (two years'), one direction finding/geolocation systems engineer (eight years') and three field engineers/technicians (three-plus years').

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