Chief among them: GE Aviation. With its largest engine order backlog in history, GE Aviation anchors much of its manufacturing in Ohio, with more than 9,000 Buckeye State jobs.
The company has 1,500 area employees working in four facilities — GE Dayton-Elan Unison in Beavercreek, GE Episcenter in Dayton, GE Tech Development in Butler Twp., and GE-Vandalia — sites which see a $1 billion annual investment, according to the company.
Maurice “Mo” McDonald, Dayton Development Coalition executive vice president, aerospace and defense, notes that these jobs typically pay well.
“These are very professional jobs, well-paying jobs across the aerospace community,” he said.
Toni Ravenel, a GE Aviation site human resources manager, said the company has about 70 local openings. Applicants interested in Saturday’s event should come with a resume. While there won’t be formal interviews, there will be some “preliminary screening,” Ravenel said.
“Come with your resume and be prepared to have a dialogue about what you’re interested in,” she said.
McDonald is familiar with the state’s strong pull on aerospace companies. He and coalition colleagues have shared that message as they attend international events, such as the Paris Air Show and the Farnborough International Air Show in England.
“It’s actually welcoming or exciting to hear that the message is getting out in other parts of the country,” McDonald said. “Ohio is a significant force not only in the companies that are here in the aerospace industry, but also its workforce.”
It’s not just GE Aviation. Boeing, Airbus, Northrop Grumman and others, including suppliers, are shaping the future of aerospace in Ohio, McDonald said.
Of course, the state is home also to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, its largest single-site employer with about 30,000 military and civilian employees in one location. Wright-Patterson is the headquarters for Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), while Springfield is home to AFRL’s Ohio Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center.
In all, the state is home to more than 38,000 private aerospace and aviation professionals, according to JobsOhio.
PwC ranked the top ten states as Washington, Georgia, California, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Arizona and Oregon.
Nationally in 2018, the aerospace and defense industry reported record operating profits of $81 billion, a 9 percent increase over the prior year, PwC said. This year, the industry expects continued growth, driven by defense spending, projected increases in aircraft deliveries and more.
“Passenger growth continues to increase as does global defense spending,” PwC said. “The current backlog of aircraft orders will take about 6 to 8 years to clear even with companies hitting record production levels. The U.S. A&D industry performed especially well in 2018, with exports totaling $151 billion, an increase of 5.8 percent from the previous year, accounting for 9 percent of U.S. exports and yielding a $90 billion trade surplus.”
WHAT: GE Aviation Dayton career fair
WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday
WHERE: Dayton Marriott University of Dayton, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton.
Interested applicants can also apply at GE Aviation's careers site, https://jobs.gecareers.com/global/en/ge-aviation.
By the numbers
38,000: Ohio aerospace workers
9,000: GE Aviation workers in Ohio
1,500: GE Aviation workers in Dayton area
70: GE Aviation openings in Dayton area