RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — IBM is trimming its engineering ranks by 400 jobs, including 35 in the Triangle.

“Last week in RTP we had about 35 employees who were notified that their jobs were being eliminated,” a spokesperson told WRAL Local Tech Wire.

“Those employees will have 30 days to look for another position within the company,” she added.

The 35 workers were part of the Systems and Technology Group.

The 400 job eliminations are across the Systems Technology Group, not just among BladeCenter server staff, she added.

The Systems and Technology Group does include the BladeCenter.

InformationWeek first reported the layoffs on Monday.

Citing an internal IBM memo and other sources, the technology news site said cuts were taking place at IBM engineering facilities in Austin, TX., Burlington, VT., San Jose, CA., Rochester, MN., Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Fishkill, N.Y. and Raleigh. How many layoffs would take place at each location was not reported.

The BladeCenter operation in Raleigh is considered one of IBM’s more important ones.

“A memo issued to IBM managers to help them explain the cuts to affected workers says those engineers that received layoff notices were given 30 days to find a new position within IBM or face termination,” InformationWeek said.

InformationWeek said the IBM memo was dated Oct. 5.

For details, see: www.informationweek.com/hardware/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=193105453