San Antonio is an industry leader in the aerospace industry with significant expertise in maintenance, repair and overhaul and aerospace research, engineering and testing.
San Antonio’s long-standing aerospace tradition began in 1917 when the US Army Air Corps established Kelly Field as a pilot training site during World War I. Since then, San Antonio has helped train NASA’s astronauts and Felix Baumgartner’s historic stratosphere jump in October 2012.
Today San Antonio is home to several aerospace companies:
- Lockheed Martin
- Standard Aero
- Gore Design
- Southwest Research Institute
The aerospace industry provides a $5.4 billion industry impact, employs more than 13,000 workers and provides an average wage of $58,729 per year.
To meet the demands of the aerospace industry, the Alamo Colleges’ Aerospace Academy provides training and education specifically focused on the needs of the aerospace industry. The Academy operates in close cooperation with industry and has created just in time training pipelines with local firms. For more information, please visit: Alamo Aerospace Academy’s website.
- Boeing, an anchor tenant at Port San Antonio, recently announced it will hire approximately 800 new employees at its local facility to handle upgrades on its 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 models.