Northrop Grumman’s Lake Charles Maintenance and Modification Center is looking to hire at least 80 people by January to help perform additional maintenance on aircraft refueling tankers known as the KC-10 Extender.

Site director Marty Thompson said Tuesday the Lake Charles plant will be doing double the work that its doing now over the next two years.

Thompson said major inspections are done every two years on the KC-10 planes. Workers at the Lake Charles site have performed maintenance on the aircraft since 2009.

Thompson said the company will likely interview students who complete an apprenticeship program that Sowela Technical Community College started Monday. He said Northrop Grumman officials have also visited schools in Lafayette that offer technical training.