Clean technology aircraft, massive passenger jets and Mars-bound spacecraft are the things we think about when we think about human flight today: the power of hardware.
However, the latest flying machines are only the most noticeable component of what goes into the air. The way the systems on a vehicle manage that vehicle; the way a vehicle speaks to ground control; how a vehicle communicates to other vehicles; the way vehicles gather information and how they analyze it is the silent but bigger part of aerospace engineering.
Possibly the most significant trend in aerospace at the moment is the developing interest among students. There are now 65 aerospace programs in the US, and 25 are stand-alone programs. Aerospace is the third most popular industry for engineering students. A large proportion of them goes into software development because they know how valuable software is to hardware.
Bridging the STEM skills gap
Still, the industry is facing a substantial skills gap. Companies see a growing gap between the sort of high-skilled graduates that are required and the ones available; raising questions over the future of the sector.
Sales for big commercial aircraft, especially Boeing’s 787, 737, and 737 MAX, are strong. US operations for manufacturers like Embraer, Beechcraft and Cessna are rising as well. To put it another way the aerospace industry must become a lot more productive. A Study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that aerospace manufacturing employment has been continuously decreasing since 2012.
While the aerospace workforce is shrinking, the need for skilled employees has never been greater. A recent Industry Week survey discovered that 39 percent of aerospace businesses said the labor shortage is having an “extreme” impact on their capacity grow their organization.
The demand for aerospace manufacturers to do more with fewer staff members is pushing productivity campaigns like never before. The drive for smarter ways of working means businesses will have to become even more efficient to remain competitive. If it’s taking advantage of fully-developed technologies in new ways, creating new solutions to existing problems or investigating state-of-the-art operations and technologies, US aerospace businesses will have to devote more energy to innovation down the road.
While the interest in aerospace is rising, company-sponsored talent development programs can also give existing employees the particular abilities necessary for shifting manufacturing needs. Trade schools on wheels are becoming more popular specifically because they provide highly tailored training at the hours that make sense for staff members and organizations alike. One of the best reasons for company-sponsored training and development is consistency. Teams all get the same information, as training is customized to the company’s culture and objectives.
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