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Aviation Week Workforce Initiative

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As part of Aviation Week’s annual study, companies are asked for two pieces of data:

1. The universities they have identified as “preferred suppliers” based on their ability to recruit students on campus who are both well-prepared academically and in programs that have a record for quality research and alumni.

2. The universities at which they have hired the highest volume of graduates.

In addition, we ask young professionals how important they believe their alma mater is to their career growth.

Top Universities for A&D

"Preferred Supplier" Universities Universities Where A&D Hired the Most New Grads Universities that Young Professionals Indicate Most Influenced Careers
Pennsylvania State University University of Central Florida California Polytechnic/Georgia Institute of Technology
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University University of Arizona Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Purdue University University of Washington University of Michigan
California Polytechnic/University of Maryland Arizona State Pennsylvania State University
Georgia Institute of Technology Purdue University   

For the past 12 years, Aviation Week has asked companies responding to the study for data that reflects their ability to meet the three most important factors when employees make career decisions (beyond money): technological challenge, learning/career development and respect/value for individuals. It is notewworthy that AGI has been among the top three companies for technological challenge each of the past five years. Rockwell Collins is the only company to be among the top five in all three categories.

Top Companies

Technological Challenge Respect/Value for Individuals Professional Development/Learning
Analytical Graphics Acutec Precision Machining The Boeing Co.
The Aerospace Corp. Aurora Flight Sciences The Aerospace Corp.
Lockheed Martin Corp. Kellstrom Pratt & Whitney



Aviation Week Workforce Initiative

Ten years ago when Aviation Week extended its workforce study to capture data that would provide a more comprehensive, strategic view about the people who make up this industry, we had no idea how sophisticated the industry would become in applying data analytics to building a highly talented workforce ready for the future.

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