Wichita Falls has an above-average percentage of employees in aerospace and related jobs, employing nearly 4% of the total workforce. This is more than twice the percentage of similar jobs on the national level and does not include uniformed military personnel at Sheppard AFB, the city’s largest employer. Pratt & Whitney Component Repair Canada overhauls small to medium size turbo fan engines from around the world and employs 250. Arconic, formerly Howmet/Alcoa, manufacturers vanes for commercial and military turbofan engines and employs 900. If you fly on a commercial aircraft in the free world today, you are flying with parts made in Wichita Falls. Air Tractor, located just south of Wichita Falls in Olney, Texas, manufactures aircraft used for ag spraying.
Engineering and other academic programs at Midwestern State University and specialized skills training at Vernon College are leading to rising aerospace employment. The workforce’s frontier spirit and take-charge attitude are highly valuable assets to manufacturers in aerospace and other industries.