Jan. 18--Hewlett-Packard Co. will add 65 higher-income jobs at two of its local data hubs, the Tulsa Regional Chamber announced Friday.
The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said the high-tech jobs will have an average wage of $65,000 a year. HP has scheduled a hiring event for Thursday.
The company has about 800 employees in Tulsa at its two data storage centers, said Wes Mitchell, director of data center services for HP Enterprise Services. The data centers fall under the HP division that manages cloud storage and data services for business clients.
"This is a very exciting time for HP Enterprise Services Transportation Industry and the city of Tulsa," Mitchell said in a statement. "These jobs represent HP ES's continued commitment to Tulsa and technology innovation and transportation."
The new jobs at the center will mostly be filled by highly skilled computer engineers, including database and storage administrators and mainframe programmers. The company is also looking for service desk agents and application programmers.
One of the primary responsibilities at the two Tulsa centers is to help manage the country's air travel system, including tracking, ticketing, reservations, flight information and weather systems, Mitchell said. In all, the data centers help manage about 70 percent of the nation's air travel.
HP's local facilities include about 400,000 square feet of data storage space, which has complex energy and cooling systems to handle the servers.
The HP jobs bode well for the metro area's technology sector, said Justin McLaughlin, senior vice president of economic development for the Tulsa Regional Chamber.
"These high-quality jobs will elevate our region's standing as a growing hub for IT and related industries," McLaughlin said.
Hewlett-Packardhas been in Tulsa since 2008, when the computer manufacturer and technology services company purchased EDS in a $13.9 billion deal. EDS, formerly known as Electronic Data Systems, was the Plano, Texas-based technology company founded by 1992 presidential candidate Ross Perot.
EDS had 1,100 employees in Tulsa when HP bought the company.
HP has about 330,000 employees worldwide.
Kyle Arnold 918-581-8380
Hewlett-Packard hiring event
When: Noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23
Where: Tulsa Tech Owasso Campus, 10800 N. 140th East Ave.
Job openings: Computer engineers, database administrators and mainframe programmers.