The Sky's the Limit for Aerospace Technicians

Steve Kane, Executive Director of SpaceTEC

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Careers in aerospace are out of this world! And thanks to the work being done by SpaceTEC, the aerospace technicians are being trained and certified for cutting-edge careers all over the U.S.

SpaceTEC was launched as a National Science Foundation center to train aerospace workers. Led by Executive Director Steve Kane, the organization creates curriculum, resources and certifications to help training centers across the country prepare the workforce in their region for aerospace careers.

In this episode, we talk with Steve about his vast experience in the aerospace industry, the work being done by SpaceTEC around training aerospace technicians, and the future of space technology!

3 Big Takeaways from this episode:

  1. Aerospace and Manufacturing align on so many technologies and competencies: For our manufacturing-focused audience, you'll be intersted in how similar the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries are. In fact, it was the end of the Space Shuttle program in Florida that enabled a massive influx of manufacturing into the region - because the technical workforce was already trained for advanced manufacturing roles. We discuss how these industries are similar, and perhaps more importantly, how they're different.
  2. SpaceTEC is building out the first apprenticeships for aerospace technicians in the U.S.: Drawing from traditional apprenticeship models and the experience of partners in Germany, SpaceTEC has launched apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs to train more individuals for careers in aerospace. Their first cohorts focus on three key areas: Mechatronics, Advanced CNC Machining, and Fiber Composites. Built on strong partnerships with well-recognized industry leaders, these apprenticeship programs are the first of their kind to focus on the aerospace market.
  3. Automation and mechatronics are revolutionizing the aerospace industry: Like nearly every sector of our economy, aerospace is also being disrupted by automation. Traditionally manual processes like working with composites are now fully automated. Steve helps us understand that those who have programming knowledge and certifications, can operate automated machinery, and have experience in mechatronics will be set up for success in the ever-evolving world of aerospace.

The Future of Aerospace

With all the commercialization of space travel, advances in space technology and demand for a skilled workforce, we couldn't help but ask Steve his predictions for the future. All we can say is...There is so much opportunity in the aerospace industry for curious people who love to work with their hands! Listen in to hear all about it.


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