Industry Snapshot: Aerospace & Defense

Today's aerospace and defense jobs demand a particular set of knowledge and skills. Companies machining aerospace components must deal with complex geometries and exotic metals. Advanced composites are now the norm. And assembly technicians must be able to work with and repair these materials.

Tooling U-SME is proud to work with multiple companies in aerospace and defense. If your company serves this industry, we want to share with you some of our successes and demonstrate how we can support job training in your company.


Our Top Aerospace & Defense Customers

   Able Engineering
   APPI
   Astronics
   BE Aerospace

   Endicott Precision, Inc.
   Esterline
   Evaero Inc.
   FN Mfg

   General Dynamics
   Goodrich
   GS Precision
   Heroux Devtek

   NASA - Glenn
   Norbert Industries
   Perfekta Aerospace
   Piper Aircraft, Inc.

   Pratt & Whitney
   Pryer Machine
   QinetiQ
   Raytheon

   Royal Engineered Composites
   Smith & Wesson
   Sturm Ruger
   Timken

   TMX Aerospace
   Triumph Group
   Truline Industries
   United Technologies

   Woodward Inc.


Customer Spotlight

The Company

A large North American manufacturer serving the aerospace, industrial and energy markets.

The Challenge

  • The company had shifted to a skilled-based pay program, with level "A," "B," and "C" machinists.
  • They needed a means for assessing knowledge and skills for each job role to accurately apply the new program.
  • They had difficulty finding people with the appropriate skills due to the scaling back of technical instruction in high schools.
  • They needed a simple solution and structure for implementing this program.

The Solution

  • Access to online training, mapped to company-specific competency models that organized training according to the A/B/C machinist levels.
  • Training in the areas of CNC machining, quality, inspection, safety, and supervisor/management training.
  • Employees had minimum test scores set to 75%, with on-the-job training (OJT) for skills-based components.

The Result

  • User feedback stated that training was up-to-date and relevant.
  • The program generated data regarding time spent training, test results and knowledge gain, allowing the company to implement the skills-based salary program.
  • Data also met the ISO requirement for possession of information.