AC Technologies plans to hire about 25 people in the next two to three months. Detra Campbell, business development director for civilian federal business, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.

QWhat does

your company do?

AWe are a medium-sized information technology company that works primarily with the federal government and a few commercial businesses. We do software engineering, systems engineering and network engineering. We do mostly development and some testing, too. We are certified by the Software Engineering Institute.

What do you think your employees would say are the best reasons for working at your company?

We started in 1993. We're CMM Level 3, and that's very unusual for a small firm to go through the effort to get the certification. The process is time-consuming and expensive. I believe less than 15 percent of all IT companies make it to Level 3. It's a distinction that's hard to match. We're competitive with Science Applications International Inc. and Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. on development projects. I think that's given the development group a sense of pride.

Who owns your company?

It's owned by two partners: Satya Akula, president, and Leo Choi, vice president and chief financial officer

What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?

Since we're primarily federal, the biggest stability factor is our reputation. So much of the proposal process is based upon references. Our first client was the U.S. Postal Service, and they are now our largest client. We get a client and have a lot of repeat business from that client. We have over 50 task orders with Postal alone. Back in 1999 and 2000, we started working at the Department of Education on what was supposed to be a small piece of testing work, which led to more and more work. We have a great client reputation, and we expand in all agencies where we have a presence.

What are the demographics of your company?

Companywide, we're 35 percent female and 52 percent minority. Within the senior management team, we're 17 percent female and 40 percent minority.

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

We're looking for entry-level developers all the way up through senior-level engineers. We're hiring three or four customer-support specialists, at least two JAVA developers, three independent verification and validation (IV&V) test technicians, two programmer/analysts, three senior and one junior-level J2EE Engineers, one Exchange network engineer, one senior technician, one senior contracts administrator, one senior accountant, one mid-level configuration management (CM) manager, one system test engineer, one quality-assurance specialist, one senior-level proposal manager, one senior systems analyst and one senior IV&V engineer.