Athena Technologies Inc. plans to hire about 15 people in the next six to nine months. David Vos, chief executive; Steven W. Hamric, chief financial officer; and Suzanne Nikolaus, human resources manager; talked with The Post's Andrea Caumont.
QWhat does your company do?
AVos: We build flight controls and navigation systems, at the moment mostly for the unmanned vehicle market. The company is specializing in, and has a lot of intellectual property in, control systems and navigation systems technology.
What do you think your employees would say are the best reasons for working at your company?
Vos: It's a very dynamic high-tech company. We pay well and have a full compensation package. We're doing leading-edge stuff in terms of high tech. It's a fun place to work.
Hamric: Our employees enjoy working with the cutting-edge technology that serves the military. The products that we sell right now go directly to the field and are being used. It's a great feeling for our employees to know how they're supporting our military right now.
Who owns your company?
Vos: Myself and investors. We also have an employee stock-ownership program.
What sense of stability can your company offer job candidates?
Vos: Very good. The market has been growing pretty rapidly over the past few years. The company is growing at the moment at around 80 percent to 100 percent a year.
What are the demographics of your company?
Vos: Company-wide, we're 26 percent female and 8 percent minority. On our six-person senior-management team, there are no women or minorities.
What positions do you have available and what level of expertise do you want?
Nikolaus: We're looking for two dynamics and controls engineers, four electrical engineers, three embedded software developers and one engineering aerospace program manager. The remainder of the positions are technical and operations support roles. Primarily we're focused on our engineering roles at this time. Engineering degrees are required in addition to related experience. At this point, we're looking for a little more senior folks, but we also like to provide opportunities for more junior people as well.