To the Moon and Beyond: Careers in the Houston Aerospace Industry

To the Moon and Beyond: Careers in the Houston Aerospace Industry

Houston is a city where science, academia and industry come together to find new ways to take the next giant leap.

Houston is host to the famed Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, the center for human spaceflight training, research and flight control for the United States. (JSC) is NASA’s largest research and development facility, employing nearly 3,000 federal civil service workers and more than 14,000 contract personnel.

Johnson Space Center is also home to the United States astronaut corps and is responsible for training astronauts from both the U.S. and its international partners. It is often popularly referred to by its main function, "Mission Control".

Boeing NASA Systems, headquartered in Houston, is a leading advocate of the Vision for Space Exploration and a global leader in human space flight systems.

Aerospace Careers

In the decades to come, aerospace research and development undoubtedly will continue to alter the way we view our place in the universe. It's exciting to think what the year 2040 will look like for the aerospace industry and for Houston!

Before imagining what Houston’s aerospace landscape may look like in 2040, let’s contemplate a time some of you may remember all too well: Houston's role as ground zero for space --the final frontier.

NASA's Mission Control Center was constructed in 1962 and has been responsible for coordinating and monitoring every crewed NASA mission since the Gemini Project. In September 2008, JSC celebrated its 50th year of leading America into space. JSC currently manages the International Space Station and Space Shuttle program.

Houston attracts the nation's best high-tech professionals and is an aerospace hub and transfer site for NASA-developed technology. The city has a well developed R&D infrastructure that has a proven track record for delivering products developed at area institutions to the private sector.

Technologies developed for spaceflight are now in use in many areas of medicine, energy, transportation, agriculture, communications and electronics.

Students can also pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering technology at Texas Southern University. Associate degrees from Houston Community College or San Jacinto College will allow graduates to enter the engineering field as technicians or in other low-level work.

LARGEST HOUSTON AREA AEROSPACE FIRMS*:

  • Ares Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin Space Operations
  • Barrios Technology, Inc.
  • MEI Technologies Inc.
  • Bastion Technologies, Inc.
  • MRI Technologies
  • Blackhawk Management Corp.
  • NASA - Johnson Space Center
  • Futron Corporation
  • Oceaneering Space Systems
  • GB Tech Inc.
  • Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC
  • Hamilton Sundstrand Management Services
  • The Boeing Company
  • Hernandez Engineering Inc.
  • United Space Alliance
  • InDyne, Inc.
  • Universities Space Research Association
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • Wyman-Gordon Company

** Selected by employee count but listed alphabetically
Source: Business Houston - Gateway to Global Markets 2009

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