San Antonio Chamber of Commerce's Aerospace Committee
education & workforce training

world class workforce

San Antonio’s aerospace heritage is over 100 years old.  But our workforce is ready for the next 100 years.

Programs like the Alamo Area Aerospace Academy, operating in close cooperation with industry, have created essential pipelines between high school and aerospace employers.  Open to area high school students, the Aerospace Academy offers both classroom instruction and real-world experience through full-time paid summer internships.  Graduates are capable of hitting the ground running – and are more than half-way to qualifying for their Federal Aviation Administration Airframe & Powerplant Mechanics’ certificates upon leaving high school.  Not surprisingly, virtually every graduate has received offers of full-time employment in the industry.  In fact, some local aerospace employers hire entry level mechanics exclusively through this program. 

The Academy’s success at working with industry to close the dreaded skills gap has made it a model for other communities and industry around the country.  Other programs, such as educational partnerships with St. Philip’s College, ensure that San Antonio’s existing aerospace workforce is ready to work on and with the world’s most advanced aerospace platforms. 

The aerospace industry demands a workforce with skills as advanced as the aircraft involved.  And San Antonio is dedicated to ensuring that the educational programs are in place to meet this demand for the next 100 years – and beyond. 

Why join the Alamo Area Aerospace Academy?

Powerful Training - Students receive technical training in airframe and powerplant mechanics for careers in aerospace maintenance.

Paid Industry Internships - approximately $2,500 in a paid internship between the junior and senior year.

Training Sites - St. Philip's College Southwest Campus and Floresville High School

Choices - After graduation, students will be prepared for aerospace industry jobs. They can continue training toward a FAA license or use their college credits toward further education at the college level.

High Pay - Salaries at the local aerospace companies starting over $10/hour up to $15/hour with additional schooling and experience.

Established Industry - The impact of the aerospace industry in San Antonio is over $5.4B.

Increasing Need
The industry’s growth over time has been dramatic and consistent. It has grown 440% over 20 years, 260% over the past 15 years, and almost 75% over the past 10 years.


 Alamo Area Aerospace Academy

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About Aircraft, Construction and Manufacturing at SPC

 Aircraft, Construction, and Manufacturing programs prepare you to manufacture, maintain, and repair Aircraft Technology, as well as provide you with marketable skills necessary for entry- level positions in many Construction Trades and Welding Technology fields. Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree or a Certificate of completion.