Aerospace & Aviation
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.
Aerospace and aviation companies located in Utah employ over 10,000 people. Some of the leading companies in Utah include ATK, L3 Communications, Northrop-Grumman, The Boeing Company, Lockheed-Martin, Thiokol Propulsion Corporation, Moog Aircraft, Parker-Hannifin, Rocky Mountain Composites, ITT Integrated Systems, Barnes Aerospace, FMC Jetway Systems, Triumph Gear Systems Inc, Williams International and Million Air, and Hexcel, one of the three largest carbon fiber manufacturers in the nation, located in Magna. Sky West Airlines, the nation’s largest regional airline, calls St.George, Utah home.
The largest single site employer in Utah is the U.S. Air Force’s Hill Air Force Base, located between Salt Lake City and Ogden. Over 22,000 military, defense civilians and contractors pass through Hill AFB’s gates on a daily basis, performing a myriad of tasks for the Ogden Air Logistics Center. The center provides worldwide engineering and logistics management for the F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, and Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile. The base performs depot maintenance of the F-16, A-10 and C-130 Hercules aircraft.
Seven colleges and universities across the state offer specialized programs in the aerospace field, including Utah State University, which has put more experiments into flight on-board shuttle and satellite missions than any other institution in the country.
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