From Charles Lindbergh, to the Mars Missions, to the International Space Station, Missouri has led the way in every aspect of aviation for nearly 100 years and that leadership continues today. Statewide, Missouri is already home to 100 aerospace manufacturing companies, including:
Nearly one in ten Missouri workers is employed in manufacturing, with automotive and aerospace being the sector’s largest components.
From the 3,000+ (and increasing) employees at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) West in St. Louis, to EaglePicher‘s high-tech lithium batteries built in Joplin, to the Kansas City National Security Campus supporting the warfighter, Missouri is a defense industry leader in the heart of America. The Department of Defense invests $18.2 billion annually in Missouri, directly impacting more than 25,000 businesses.
Missouri’s most notable defense industry companies include:
And when it comes to military bases, Missouri is home to Whiteman Air Force Base and America’s B-2 Spirit stealth bomber fleet. Missouri is also home to Rosecrans Air National Guard Base and their “Top Gun” C-130 training program, and Fort Leonard Wood Army Base with the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence.
Geospatial analysis and cybersecurity are emerging sectors in Missouri, with solid foundations due to the presence of NGA and their thousands of employees. Programs focused on growing this field include:
43 Missouri institutions offer aerospace and defense related degrees and certificates, 20 offer degrees or certificates in cybersecurity and 15 offer degrees in precision production.
Missouri understands that an educated and trained workforce is essential to success. We offer traditional and non-traditional training options for workers and companies that is customized to fit their needs. A key example is the customized pre-employment training developed by Boeing and St. Louis Community College. Additionally the CyberUp! works extensively across Missouri to assist with workforce development.
Training programs are also developing the talent pipeline at several Knowledge Centers. These Centers connect talent and industry together in a real-world environment that moves the industry forward. The Center for Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies (CAMT) at Missouri S&T, for example, is a national center of excellence for the aerospace manufacturing supply chain. Its industrial consortium includes The Boeing Company, GKN Aerospace, 3D-printing manufacturer Stratasys and other industry leaders.
Other Knowledge Centers include:
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