An expansion plan by healthcare technology company Cerner Corporation could lead to up to 40 new jobs by the end of this year, while aviation training company Simtech is to set up a purpose-built 'aviation centre of excellence' near Dublin Airport.

Cerner, which is listed on New York's Nasdaq stock market, already has a facility in Dublin which employs 14 people.

It now plans to add a multilingual software technical support service for its European markets. IDA Ireland is working with the company on the expansion. The Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment said there was potential for further jobs growth as the new operation developed.

The company provides technology to doctors, health systems and the pharmaceutical industry.

'Cerner chose Ireland for the initial operation and for this expansion due to the availability of a highly skilled workforce with multilingual capabilities, a competitive cost regime relative to a number of other European locations, and a very favourable business environment,' said Cerner Ireland managing director Amanda Green.

Meanwhile, aviation training company Simtech is to set up a purpose-built 'aviation centre of excellence' near Dublin Airport.

The investment involves moving its aviation simulation facilities - used to train pilots and other airline staff - from its current airport base to a new 20,000 square feet facility at Dublin Airport Logistics Park.

The company says its workforce is expected to grow from the current 24 to around 40 over the next five years. Simtech plans to add an additional Full Flight Simulator in September. Its workforce includes engineering graduates and certified airline industry instructors.