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Palm Beach County is a recognized national leader in Aviation / Aerospace / Engineering (A/A/E) with more than 17,000 employees in over 1,350 A/A/E and support industries companies with an average wage of $94,082. Major U.S. government suppliers and A/A/E companies have a significant presence here. Florida boasts the second-largest aerospace industry in the U.S., and the titans of the aviation industry, including Lockheed Martin Corporation, Aerojet Rocketdyne, Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky a Lockheed Martin Company, and more, call Palm Beach County home. The future of A/A/E rests with the agile minds of our workforce and their capacity to look to the future and formulate ideas, engineer innovative solutions, and manufacture products.
Palm Beach County’s A/A/E industry began with a series of small airstrips that became a World War II military installation and evolved into an international hub for commercial air travel and cargo, air defense projects, and high-tech manufacturing. The industry boomed in the 1990’s when based aircraft and rocket-engine company Pratt & Whitney restructured and dozens of A/A/E companies moved to the county to capitalize on its available workers.
Palm Beach County’s Research & Development / Engineering & Technical Design cluster contains hundreds of companies and thousands of engineers, draftsman, technical designers, developers, and architects. Our top companies include several focused on propulsion systems, advanced engineering design, and applied research. In fact, major engineering projects around the globe in virtually every industry – including electronics, aviation, chemical, biotech, energy, Infrastructure, and aerospace – can be traced back to Palm Beach County’s A/A/E engineers.
Did you know that the BDB facilitated an incentive package from the State of Florida and Palm Beach County and assisted with their permitting enabling Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company, to produce the next generation of heavy lift helicopters, the CH-53K right here in Palm Beach County?
Education, Training & Workforce / Secondary & Post-Secondary Academic Institutions
Respected educational institutions work with private industry to provide Palm Beach County its competitive edge of a highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce. Specialized programs include:
FAU’s College of Engineering and Computer Science offers 21 degree programs in a broad variety of engineering and computer science fields and produces more than 300 graduates annually. The Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering offers courses directly related to aeronautics, while the College’s other two academic departments offer supporting courses for the field. The College has extensive research programs funded by business, industry, and government, and arranges internships, cooperative education, and permanent placement opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. FAU offers Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics.
Lynn University offers a world-class aviation education and training facility designed to help fulfill the educational needs of the vast and dynamic global air transport industry, with a variety of programs that prepare students to obtain a position within the aviation industry. Lynn University’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and M.B.A. degree programs offer a specialization in aviation management.
Palm Beach State College’s Engineering Technology Programs include:
• A.S., Advanced Technology Concentration
• A.S., Alternative Energy Systems Concentration
• A.S., Electronics Concentration
• A.S., Electrical Power Technology
• College Credit Certificate, Engineering Technology Support Specialist
• College Credit Certificate, Rapid Prototyping Specialist
• College Credit Certificate, Alternative Energy Engineering Technology
Trade & Industry Programs – Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificates
using state-of-the-art facilities for:
• Machining Technology
• Welding Technology (nationally recognized)
• Industrial Management Technology
The School District of Palm Beach County and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) partner in a unique curriculum option for public school students. The Boynton Aerospace Science Academy (BASA) at Boynton Beach Community High School offers a rigorous academic program in the fields of aviation, aeronautical science, and aviation maintenance, with the opportunity to earn simultaneous high school and college credit.
Where can you get more information?
Vice President, Business Recruitment, Retention & Expansion
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
310 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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