Technomics Inc. plans to hire about five people in the next six to nine months. Rick Collins, president and chief executive, talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.

QWhat does your company do?

AOur company performs a wide range of cost and economic analysis services related to Departmentof Defense and NASA technologies and systems. For example, the next-generation spacecraft program or the next-generation fighter aircraft program. We work on those types of projects. The ultimate objective of our analyses is to assist our clients in budgeting realistically for complex weapon systems acquisition programs. It's of the utmost importance that when the Department of Defense goes to Capitol Hill and asks for a budget for a new program that they go forward with the best estimates possible so they budget properly from day one.

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

I'd start with because they work on challenging projects that are of critical importance to the taxpayer. The younger people would say that we have an extremely strong mentoring program. We are committed to teaching our folks on the job. This is a field of study that you don't get in school.

Who owns your company?

We're an employee-owned company.

What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?

The company is extremely stable. Since June of 2000, we've grown fivefold and we expect to continue to grow but at a smart pace, which means only as fast as our ability to hire really good employees.

What are the demographics of your company?

Company-wide, we are 16 percent female and 8 percent minority. There are no females or minorities on the three-person senior-management team.

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

We're looking for a total of five junior-, mid- or senior-level cost analysts. We're looking for people who have . . . degrees in engineering, math, statistics, operations research or economics. We're looking for folks who have strong problem-solving skills. We want people who would be able to acquire a "secret" security clearance.