Space Dynamics Lab hiring despite lay-off scare

By Megan M. Roe
The Herald Journal
September 5, 2006

Logan, Utah — The Space Dynamics Lab is now hiring — just three months after announcing the possibility of laying off up to 18 percent of its workforce.

A Utah State University Research Foundation/SDL advertisement publicizing several different job openings ran in the Sunday, Aug. 20 edition of The Herald Journal. However, the jobs are not available as a result of the company letting go of 24 full- and part-time employees, SDL Director and USURF President Michael Pavich said.

Instead, additional money from new contracts and awards that SDL began receiving after announcing a reduction in force has created the new employment opportunities, USURF human resources Manager Melanie Pond said. Positions are also available from employees who voluntarily left after the reduction in force.

“Through voluntary attrition after the reduction in force and new opportunities, these positions have emerged,” Pond said.

The recently advertised positions included an accountant, contracts administrator, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, RF engineer, cyber security, technical/proposal writer and software engineer.

The North Logan company eliminated 20 full-time equivalent positions this summer after discovering that it did not have enough funding for the 2006-07 fiscal year to support its entire workforce, Pond said.

However, in July, contracts were awarded to SDL that required the hiring of new workers who had skills in areas that were left untouched by the reduction in force, Pond said.

“If you check the skills that we are hiring referenced with the skills that we laid off you will probably find a different skill mix,” Pavich said.

If any of the eliminated positions opened up again after those awards, the company contacted employees that had performed those jobs before being let go to let them know their former positions were open again, Pond said.

The revenue for the fiscal year is now in line with the workforce at SDL, so more layoffs are not likely, Pond said.

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