Aerospace

Across our five county region, over 225 companies are producing Aerospace products, components, or in the supply chain, employing more than 9,400 people.

* ncludes both original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers

Combined Labor Sheds' Workforce Metrics

Total Jobs (Annual 2017)
$68K
Average Earnings
(9.0% below US Avg.) (Five County Region, Annual 2017)
Job Growth (2012-2017)

South Carolina Advantages

  • Leading aerospace companies such as The Boeing CompaniesLockheed MartinGeneral ElectricHoneywell and 3D Systems are located in South Carolina
  • More than 200 aviation and aerospace related companies operate in South Carolina
  • 28.3% projected job growth in the next five years (2016-2021)
  • More than 8,000 employed in the aerospace sector in the state
  • Average earnings in SC are $111,306
  • SC has 17 accredited engineering schools

Leading OEMs and Suppliers In Region

ATI Specialty Materials
Richburg, SC
AccuTrex Products, Inc.
Lancaster, SC
Thomas & Betts
Lancaster, SC
AMBAC International Corp
Elgin, SC
Cytec Industries
Rock Hill, SC
Porvair Filtration Group
Rock Hill, SC
Winbro Group Technologies
Rock Hill, SC

Skilled Talent
Research + Innovation + Workforce Training Resources

I-77 Alliance Region Resources

  • $4.5 million Advanced Composite Materials Research Center
  • South Carolina’s only master’s degree in aerospace engineering and engineering management, offering an undergraduate minor in aerospace engineering
  • Provides Total Workforce Development, conducting objective, verifiable and comprehensive analysis based on industry workforce requirements
  • Partners with organizations to promote STEM programs, curriculums, camps and activities
  • Focuses on developing new lightweight composite structures and advanced robotic technology for aircraft components
  • Only university center in the US with a production-level fiber placement machine
  • Conducts research targeting industry needs such as engineered materials, stir friction welding and processing, durability, fatigue analysis and health monitoring
  • Provides interactive learning experiences in aeronautics and space education, where students K-12 apply their math and science knowledge through simulations, scenarios, and activities that help develop practical skills in teamwork, problem solving and communications
  • Hosts immersive learning missions for students based on simulations used by NASA to prepare astronauts
  • Offers a flight training department with two aviation programs, each containing several training modules
  • Houses a portable e-Planetarium along with hands-on science explorations
  • Partners and collaborates with NASA, SC Aeronautics Commission, U.S. Air Force, University of South Carolina’s McNair Center and College of Engineering and Computing as well as College of Charleston’s Department of Physics and Astronomy

Statewide Resources

  • State-of-the-art, 111,000 square foot research laboratory facility that houses internationally recognized research programs in optoelectronics, chemistry and materials science
  • Internationally recognized for its work in advanced fibers, films, ceramics, plastics, optics, composites and nanomaterials
  • The National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and NASA have all recognized the laboratory’s work and have offered funding to fuel future innovation
  • Collaborative effort to advance and market South Carolina’s aerospace industry cluster on the global stage
  • Partnership of the public, private, academic and nonprofit sectors connecting the industry’s assets and securing future growth
  • Work to manage, market and connect the aerospace cluster; grow the aerospace cluster; expand the talent pipeline to serve the aerospace sector; build a competitive infrastructure and business environment; and, enhance research and innovation
  • State-of-the-art, 111,000 square foot research laboratory facility that houses internationally recognized research programs in optoelectronics, chemistry and materials science
  • Internationally recognized for its work in advanced fibers, films, ceramics, plastics, optics, composites and nanomaterials
  • The National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense and NASA have all recognized the laboratory’s work and have offered funding to fuel future innovation
  • Scholars and entrepreneurs with expertise in natural and synthetic polymer-based advanced fibrous materials, with applications in the automotive, space, athletic equipment and medical markets
  • Develops advanced synthetic polymers and enhances natural fibrous materials, including wool, cotton and silk

 

  • Premier 250-acre automotive research, innovation and educational technology campus with $250 million in total investments and 770 on-site jobs created
  • Focuses research on Advanced Powertrain Systems, Automotive Systems Integration, Human Factors/HMI, Manufacturing and Materials, Vehicle Performance, Vehicle to Vehicle Connectivity, Vehicle Infrastructure Integration and Vehicular Electronics, which can be applied to the aerospace industry

 

  • Comprehensive computational center dedicated to solving problems in the automotive, aerospace, and energy industries
  • Features world-class, massive high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure, creative modeling techniques and experienced PhD & MS engineers,
  • Offers engineering simulation capabilities to assist aerospace companies with product development

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