Aerospace Tooling Companies

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Aerospace Companies List

Below is a variety of businesses which support the aerospace industry.

  • Schwab Industries – aerospace tooling company in Michigan
  • Magellan – Magellan Aerospace is a global, integrated aerospace company New York.
  • Jormac Aerospace – Decorative Electroplating and Artistic Surfaces
  • United Technologies – Florida Aerospace Company
  • Collins Aerospace – Aerospace innovation and technology
  • The Aerospace Corporation – Spanning all stages of the space lifecycle, from concept to operations, mission success.
  • Magellan Aerospace Corporation serves the global aerospace market with aircraft engines, airframe structures and fabricated components.
  • PolyDrop provides an innovative conductive metal-free
    lightweight polymer additive for coatings, composites, batteries,
    marine (anticorrosion), textiles, floor and electronic applications.
  • Ocean State Stainless Inc. was founded in 1980 in Southern California. Our goal then as it remains  now is to provide our customers with prompt courteous service and quality parts in a timely manner at a reasonable price.
  • Aim Aerospace – design, testing, and manufacturing composite products for the aerospace industry.
  • Parker Aerospace – Hydraulic, fuel, flight control, pneumatic, electronics cooling, and fluid conveyance components and systems and related electronic controls for aerospace.
  • Safran is a leading international high-tech group with three core
    businesses: aerospace, defense and security.
  • RBR Mechine – A modern machine shop that takes great pride in providing the

A modern machine shop that takes great pride in providing the
latest in manufacturing, and inspection technology to our
customers.

A modern machine shop that takes great pride in providing the
latest in manufacturing, and inspection technology to our
customers.

A modern machine shop that takes great pride in providing the
latest in manufacturing, and inspection technology to our
customers.

What is Aerospace?

Aerospace is the human effort and activities in science, engineering, and business to fly in the atmosphere of planet Earth. Aeronautics and surrounding space Astronautics. An Aerospace organization often researches, design, manufactures, operates, or maintains aircraft or spacecraft.

The field of aerospace is rather diverse, with many industrial, commercial and military applications.

It’s important to note that aerospace is not the same as airspace, which is the physical air space directly above a location on the ground. The beginning of space and the ending of the air is considered as 100 km above the earth ground according to the physical explanation that the air pressure is too low for a lifting body to generate meaningful lift force without exceeding orbital velocity.

Being from an industrial area, some understand what automotive tooling is, however, when the topic of aerospace tooling comes up, for some reason people get a blank looking on their face. I’m not sure why. 

In this post, I explore Aerospace tooling because I have clients in this important sector of manufacturing.

What Is Aerospace Tooling? 

Aerospace tooling is a broad term, however, tooling describes the process of designing and engineering the tools needed to make parts or components for the aerospace industry.

Manufacturing tooling is an important part of engineering success, and comes in many different forms such as work holding tools like jigs and fixtures; cutting tools, for milling, turning and grinding machines; punching dies for cold forming, forging, extrusion machines and presswork; sheet metal welding fixtures; and inspection fixtures.

Every aspect of a finished aerospace part relies on the precision of the tooling – from quality and properties, through to process conditions such as manufacturing repeatability. Yet, making high-quality tooling – especially for high speed, multi-spindle CNC machines, and cold forming systems can be complex and demanding. Computer-aided design and modeling software assists the engineering process, but does not replace the insight of experienced tool and die makers.

Below is a sample list of Aerospace companies. You can learn more about them on their websites. Aerospace has a wide variety of activities, not all of the companies on the list are directly related to aerospace tooling.

Aerospace Tooling Manufacturer Jobs, Employment

Before you can begin tooling you must design the tools and equipment. Aerospace engineering is the field of engineering concerned with the development, testing, and production of aircraft, spacecraft, and related systems and equipment. The field of aerospace engineering is traditionally focused on problems with atmospheric and space flight. Related fields include aeronautical engineering and astronautical engineering.

Aeronautical Engineering: focuses on the theory, technology, and practice of flight within the earth’s atmosphere.

Astronautical Engineering: focuses on the science and technology of spacecraft and launch vehicles.

What Does An Aerospace Engineer Do?

An aerospace engineer develops technologies and integrates them into aerospace vehicle systems. These systems are used for transportation, communications, exploration, and defense. An aerospace engineer may be involved in the design and manufacturing of aircraft, spacecraft, propulsion systems, satellites, and missiles, as well as the design and testing of aircraft and aerospace products, components, and subassemblies.

Successful aerospace engineers have skills in, and the understanding of, aerodynamics, materials and structures, propulsion, vehicle dynamics and control, and software.

Aerospace engineers often design aircraft, spacecraft, satellites and missiles. Also, aerospace engineers test prototypes to make sure they function according to design plans. Aerospace professionals design components and subassemblies for varios crafts.

These parts include airframes, engines, wings, landing gear, control systems and instruments and their panels. Some engineers perform or write the specifications for testing of reliability, strength, functionality, and long-term durability of the aircraft and it’s parts. 

Here are some recent developments of note in aerospace engineering:

  • Many aerospace innovations make their way into automobile technology, such as thermoelectric generators, which use heat to make electricity, and hydrogen fuel cells, which take hydrogen gas and mix it with oxygen to generate useful electricity, heat and water. 
  • A team of engineers has developed an algorithm which can convert brain waves into flight commands. This team hopes to make mind-controlled aircraft a reality one day.
  • Researchers are deliberately setting fires on the International Space Station to study “cool-burning” flames, which could lead to more-efficient car engines that contribute less pollution to the earth environment.

Source: Livescience.com

Where Do Aerospace Engineers Work?

Aerospace engineers work primarily in the aerospace industry such as the companies listed above. You can find aerospace engineers at dedicated aerospace companies, software suppliers, government and corporate labs, and universities. The skillset of aerospace engineers is very wide and involves multiple disciplines.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the industries that employed the most aerospace engineers in 2014 were:

  • Aerospace product and parts manufacturing: 38%
  • Engineering services: 14%
  • Federal government, excluding postal service: 13%
  • Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences: 12%
  • Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing: 5%

Aerospace Engineer Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for aerospace engineers was $115,220 in 2018. The median annual wages for aerospace engineers in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

  • Federal government, excluding postal service = $113,550
  • Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing = $111,660
  • Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences = $107,490
  • Engineering services = $103,450
  • Aerospace product and parts manufacturing = $102,430
Quick Facts from BLS: Aerospace Engineer
2018 Median Pay$115,220 per year
$55.39 per hour
Typical Entry-Level EducationBachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related OccupationNone
On-the-job TrainingNone
Number of Jobs, 201867,200
Job Outlook, 2018-282% (Slower than average)
Employment Change, 2018-281,100

An aerospace engineer is involved with the design and building machines which fly. It is one of the newest branches of engineering, which began in the 19th century with the first experimentation of powered flight. Over time, as technology progressed, two specialties developed within aerospace engineering — aeronautical engineering, which involves designing aircraft such as powered lighter-than-air craft, gliders, fixed-wing airplanes and jets, autogyros, and helicopters; and astronautical engineering, which focuses on the design and development of spacecraft. 

Another way to put it is aeronautical engineers are mostly involved in the design of aircraft which fly within Earth’s atmosphere, while astronautical engineers work with the technology of spacecraft that fly outside Earth’s atmosphere.

History Of Aerospace Engineering

Innovators of powered, lighter-than-air craft included Jules Henri Giffard, who in 1852 flew the first steerable steam-powered airship; Charles Renard and Arthur Constantin Krebs, who in 1884 flew the first powered airship to return to its starting point; and Ferdinand von Zeppelin who built and flew the first rigid airship, in 1900.

Much of the early work which lead to the modern airplane involved gliders. Sir George Cayley expressed the principles of heavier-than-air flight starting in 1804, and in 1856, Jean-Marie Le Bris flew the first manned glider that climbed higher than its launch point. Le Bris did this by having a horse tow the glider along a beach. 

The lack of a suitable engine thwarted many early efforts at powered, heavier-than-air flight. The first successful powered flight is credited to the well-known story of the brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. The Wright brothers incorporated the concepts of weight, lift, drag and thrust from a suitably powerful engine, and three-axis control of pitch, roll and yaw. With this understanding, the brothers created the first airplane to be able to take off and climb on its own power. An airplane that flew for a significant distance and made a controlled landing. 

Following the invention of fixed-wing airplanes, came the first rotary-wing aircraft, which include autogyros and helicopters. These aircraft were based on principles demonstrated by Chinese flying toys dating to 400 B.C., A number of small models powered by springs and rubber bands were built. However, the first true helicopter didn’t develop until a powerful enough engine was designed.

The first modern helicopter design is generally attributed to Igor Sikorsky in 1942. 

What is the future of aerospace engineering?

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program

Employment of aerospace engineers is projected to grow 2% from 2018 through 2028. This is slower than the average for all occupations.

Aircraft are being redesigned to cause less noise pollution and have better fuel efficiency, which will help sustain demand for research and future development. Also, new developments in small satellites have greater commercial viability.

The Growing interest in unmanned aerial systems will also help drive growth for this occupation. However, growth in research and development activities will be tempered by a projected decline in employment of aerospace engineers in the manufacturing industry.

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