Looking Up With The Northland Aviation Industry

Sky-high growth in this sector of the economy is only expected to continue, bringing more jobs along with it.

With airports in every county, world-renowned aircraft manufacturers, and a National Air Guard Base, the Northland is a center of gravity for the nationwide Aerospace & Aviation Industry.

And growth is soaring! A 2017 study by DEED found that the sector increased by 39% just since 2007. AAR is seeking nearly 50 mechanics right now and Cirrus Aircraft expects to add hundreds of employes in the near term.

In the Twin Ports alone, there are nearly 3,500 local jobs directly connected to aviation. Activities related to aerospace such as manufacturing, maintenance, and design add another 2,000+ positions. In all, the sector contributes $646 million to the regional economy.

From the Duluth International Airport to Thunder Bay International Airport, travel hubs across the Northland facilitate travel regionally, nationally, and internationally.

State-of-the-art aircraft manufacturers include Cirrus, whose SR22 is the best selling FAA-certified small aircraft in the world. Superior, WI is home to Kestrel Aircraft.

Outside of manufacturing, Lake Superior Helicopters gives tours and offers flight training. Equally unique, Monaco Air Duluth is a full-service fixed base operator and a sort of specialized concierge for private plane travelers.

A cluster of businesses related to manufacturing, maintenance, and more aviation products and services also play essential roles. In Hibbing you’ll find Midwest Aircraft Refinishing and then there is AAR Aircraft Services in Duluth.

Sinex Solutions, SCS Interiors, Ikonics, Grand Marais’ Roy Aero Service, and more regional businesses make crucial contributions to the aircraft design and manufacture process, all helping to make flight possible.

As Brooks Johnson put it in his August 16 Duluth News Tribune article, “The Twin Ports aviation cluster has reached a comfortable cruising altitude, but it isn’t done climbing yet.”

“This is a great start,” agrees Bill King, director of business development at Cirrus. “We don’t see this as having hit some kind of pinnacle. We see this as a path … to even more significant production, even more products for the aerospace industry that we hope to build and supply our customers with.”

Whether in transportation, manufacturing, aircraft design, or another innovative avenue, there are many ways to get your career up off the ground with a position in Aviation & Aerospace.

To learn more, consider registering to attend LSC’s Aviation Night coming up this March 16. This event will be a great opportunity to learn about the skills and training you need to dive into a successful career in aviation. You’ll also get the chance to to tour LSC’s Aviation Center, visit with instructors and aviation students, meet with an advisor, and more.

You can also explore Aviation and Aerospace jobs that are now open by clicking here.

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