According to the Aerospace Industries Association, there are 134,680 aerospace and defense jobs in Connecticut and the state’s highly skilled, productive aerospace and defense workforce is ranked third in the United States with $69.9 billion in output.
- #6 Aerospace engineers per capita (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- #4 in Knowledge Jobs (Information Technology & Innovation Foundation)
- #5 Manufacturing Value Added (Information Technology & Innovation Foundation)
Training Begins in High School
At the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, students learn through industry partnerships, theme-based career pathways and a rigorous core curriculum. Students identify and apply to competitive undergraduate programs that match their aptitudes, interests and goals.
CT Aero Tech School for Aviation Maintenance Technicians, an extension campus of Bristol Technical Education Center, is located in Hartford, Connecticut.
The two-year Aviation Maintenance Technician program provides training that enables the student to develop operative skills that meet the license requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Graduates from this program may obtain jobs as airport mechanics and technicians for aircraft and power plant companies.
Center for Next Generation Manufacturing at Connecticut State Community College
The Center for Next Generation Manufacturing, a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence since 2004, provides resources for both students and educators interested in exploring opportunities in today's technology companies. Funded by the National Science Foundation and led by the Connecticut College of Technology, the Center for Next Generation Manufacturing's programs and initiatives are developed in partnership with industry to ensure students graduate with the skills needed to secure employment in the manufacturing sector.
Aerospace Engineering Degrees at the University of Hartford
Students pursuing the aerospace engineering program at the University of Hartford will develop in-demand skills in the fundamental science and technologies to create, develop, and improve aircraft and spacecraft.
Apprenticeships and Training Grants
Explore our apprenticeship programs and incumbent worker training grants for Connecticut's most advanced industries, including aerospace and defense, at AdvancingManufacturingCT.com. Resources are available to both job seekers and employers in the Advanced Manufacturing sector. Find support to accelerate growth, cultivate talent, investigate careers and facilitate innovation.