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.



Aerojet Rocketdyne
Aerospace Technologies Group
Agilis Engineering, Inc.
Belcan Engineering, LLC
Control Logistics, Inc
Cross Match Technologies, Inc.
Element Jupiter
FlightSafety International, Inc.
Florida Turbine Technologies
Gulfstream Aerospace
Jenoptik Optical Systems
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Logus Microwave
Parametric Solutions, Inc.
Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies Company
Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company
SV Microwave
Wafer World, Inc 

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.





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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:


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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.


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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.


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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 and College Credit Certificate, Alternative Energy Engineering Technology. Trade & Industry Programs and Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificates using state-of-the-art facilities for Machining Technology, Welding Technology (nationally recognized), and Industrial Management Technology.

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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.








The Business Development Board is your one-stop, countywide resource for information on relocating or expanding your business to or in Palm Beach County. Our free, confidential services include help with permitting, incentive funding assistance, workforce development, research services, and site selection, as well as project management and connections to public/private resources.

Whether you are new to Palm Beach County or already established here, the Business Development Board is uniquely positioned to help your business take full advantage and leverage all the resources available to you. 



Shawn Rowan
Vice President, Business Recruitment, Retention & Expansion
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
310 Evernia Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
srowan@bdb.org  |  561.835.1008






Aerojet Rocketdyne Bank of America Baptist Health South Florida BB&T Caler, Donten, Levine, Cohen, Porter & Veil, P.A.
CareerSource Centennial Bank DePuy Synthes Power Tools, a Johnson & Johnson Company Engel & Volkers Palm Beach Equestrian Center
Florida Crystals Corporation FPL GL Homes Greenberg Traurig Gunster
Hardrives, Inc. HCA Palm Beach Hospitals Hedrick Brothers Construction J.C. White JP Morgan Chase
LRP Publications MBAF Minto Communities, LLC NCCI NextGen Mgmt dba DxWeb Management, LLC
Nova Southeastern University Palm Beach Aggregates, LLC Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Palm Beach Park of Commerce PNC Bank
Pratt & Whitney (A United Technologies Company) Raymond James Financial Services/Boynton Financial Group, Inc. RSM South Florida Business & Wealth Magazine South Florida Business Journal
TD Bank Tortoise Properties Wells Fargo & Company Wexford Capital