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Aerospace & Defense

Rural Road Tour

Your company can join the Utah aerospace supply chain. Utah’s aerospace industry accounts for nearly 1,000 companies and more than 30,000 jobs in the state. Large companies like Lockheed Martin are always looking for small business suppliers and subcontractors. This fall, the Aerospace States Association Utah Chapter and its partners will hit the road to host business meetings, community events and STEM education demos. Learn how your company can become an aerospace supplier or subcontractor. Sign up for a free event near you by emailing the county contacts below, or by calling 801-538-8817.

Emery County, Tuesday, Oct. 4, jordanl [at]
Carbon County, Tuesday, Oct. 4, tami.ursenbach [at]
Duchesne County, Wednesday, Oct. 5, irene [at]
Uintah County, Thursday, Oct. 6, swilkins [at]

View a full event schedule.

Utah Industry Snapshot

Utah has a rich history in the Aviation & Aerospace industries and is one of the top states in the nation in the concentration of aerospace employment. Utah’s core aerospace and aviation competencies include composites and advanced materials, propulsion systems, avionics, and control systems. Aerospace and aviation companies within the State include the full-spectrum of the industry; from design and manufacturing to advanced space systems and regional air service, from repair and maintenance to software and control systems.

The aerospace and defense cluster continued growing through 2014. The sector represents almost 2.51 % of all state wages, with average wages about 198% higher than the Utah average wage. The definition used for aerospace and defense cluster has been broadened to ensure that it includes advanced manufacturing firms that serve all high technology industries in the state. Advanced manufacturing is a key industry drive for aerospace and defense and all strategic clusters.

The Aerospace and Defense Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership (UCAP) process continues. The partnership established a cooperative program between the major Aerospace and Defense companies and the Applied Technical Colleges (ATC) and Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) to train aerospace composites operators and electronic electrician technicians and assemblers at the college’s campuses.

GOED has teamed up with Mountain West Unmanned Systems Alliance (MWUSA) to support entrepreneurs, academic institutions and state agencies to apply to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for Certificates of Authorizations and Exemptions to operate small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for civil and commercial applications. A Utah Cluster Acceleration Program (UCAP) grant was awarded to Box Elder County to set up a test and evaluation site to help the Box Elder and Cache County sheriffs develop and train for the concepts of operations for UAS. Unmanned Aerial Systems are already a significant component of Utah’s aerospace industry and a key part of Utah’s initiative for growth of high-technology employment.

Utah (GOED, EDCU, USU and UVU) exhibited at the annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) conference at which we highlighted the excellence and capabilities of Utah’s Unmanned System’s companies and academic institutions. GOED hosted a gathering of major aerospace and unmanned system companies, including AAI, Sierra Nevada Corp, L-3, Boeing, John Deere, Lockheed-Martin and ImSAR. Additionally high-level executives from the DoD, FAA and other Federal agencies attended.

Composite manufacture of aerospace components and systems is a main capability that continues to grow here in Utah. Companies such as Boeing, Harris and Janicki are fabricating key components of new commercial and military composite aircraft.

Hill Air Force Base (HAFB) is home to the F-35 Lightning II program, where both training and sustainment will be performed. This is in addition to HAFB being the training and Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) for other key Air Force programs such as F-22, F-16, A-10, C-130 and being an Air Force Center of Excellence for Soft Ware maintenance and assurance.

Mission growth continues at Dugway Proving Grounds (DPG), mainly due to the expansion of the Army’s activities around testing of UAS at its DPG Rapid Integration and Acceptance Center (RIAC).