Halliburton to recruit ex-NASA workers

Halliburton Co. will host a job fair Wednesday for former aerospace industry workers recently put out of a job by the end of NASA’s Space Shuttle program, marking the latest attempt by the oil and gas industry to recruit from the highly skilled pool.

The oil field services giant said it is searching for several types of engineers, software testing and developers, scientists, auditors and other functions, noting that many aerospace professionals share the same skills, training and safety knowledge as those in the oil field.

The company will hold the job fair Wednesday at the Work Force Solutions Aerospace Transition Center at 16921 El Camino Real in Houston from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event comes after more than 4,000 local contractors at NASA’s Johnson Space Center were let go this summer, following the Space Shuttle’s final mission.

Baker Hughes, another major oil field services provider, has also held a job fair for the ex-NASA workers, and other oil and gas industry firms have been recruiting among their ranks.