There’s a reason why North Texas is home to some of the biggest names in the aviation and aerospace industry.
As one of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas, the region is brimming with a sophisticated workforce that is not only rich in skills, but rich in numbers as well.
According to the Texas Economic Development Corporation (TEDC), there are roughly 130,000 aerospace workers in Texas. The state’s largest concentration of those employees can be found in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, which is home to companies including Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, and Raytheon, as well as the headquarters of American Airlines and Southwest Airlines.
Many other aviation-related firms — including Pratt & Whitney, Bombardier, BBA Aviation, L3 Technologies, Triumph Aerostructures-Vought Aircraft, and Gulfstream, to name just a few — have helped elevate North Texas to impressive levels in the global aerospace and aviation industry.
Fueled By Tech Talent
Aerospace and aviation education in Texas is supported by a highly developed network of higher education institutions around the state, according to the TEDC. Eleven of the state’s public and private universities provide aeronautical programs offering degrees in aerospace engineering, aviation science, and related specialties. Elsewhere, 14 public and private colleges around Texas offer Federal Aviation Administration-approved aviation maintenance technology programs.
From the Wichita Falls region north of DFW to the Waco region south of the metro, a diverse array of operations manufacture aircraft engine parts, aircraft, components, and so much more.
As this industry continues to build momentum in North Texas, communities and school systems are stepping up to support these companies’ facilities and workforce needs.
Just 26 miles south of Dallas-Fort Worth, Midlothian Independent School District (MISD) is striving to give its students a wealth of opportunities when it comes to career and technical trades.
The district is ramping up its offering of technical courses which span everything from automotive, biomedical science, and cybersecurity to agriculture mechanics, information technology, civil engineering, and more.
One blossoming program in MISD is the Project Lead the Way STEM Aerospace Engineering Pathway, which allows students to explore both modern military and commercial aviation.
High school students can learn about the high-demand, high-wage field and how to meet Federal Aviation Administration standards. In addition, they learn how to conduct pre-flight inspections, engine startups, and taxi aircraft as a key part of ground operations. The school district has also partnered with Ft. Worth’s Lockheed Martin to offer an informational career expo to MISD students.
Thanks to its central location, students in Midlothian can further their aviation and aerospace education through any number of industry-related higher education programs in the area offered through Texas State Technical College, Tarrant County College, North Central Texas College, Dallas County Community College District, the University of North Texas, and many more.
Meeting Business Needs
Due to its solid industrial foundation, Midlothian has a deep understanding of how to meet the needs of companies with manufacturing operations.
With its logistical assets, top-notch educational infrastructure, luxury housing options, and pro-business leadership, it’s not surprising that Midlothian is growing like wildfire.
Target, QuikTrip, Applied LNG, LafargeHolcim, Buckley Oil, Gerdau, Martin Marietta, Ash Grove, and a host of new retailers are among the business residents who have tapped into the advantages of this flourishing community. Corporate newcomers include the Methodist Midlothian Medical Center and Google data center which are currently under construction in the community.
Midlothian’s efficient proximity to advanced manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution operations across DFW make it a natural fit for companies looking to expand production operations in the lucrative North Texas market.
With expansive land, build-to-suit options, its RailPort Industrial Park, and a progressive educational system, Midlothian delivers strategic answers to manufacturing companies seeking to expand or relocate operations — especially when it comes to advanced industries like aviation and aerospace, and others requiring technical skills and education.
Creating Bright Horizons
As the community of nearly 40,000 embraces its rapidly growing population and changing landscape, it is maintaining a strong focus on future needs of employers.
City leaders and school district officials are paying close attention to industry trends, as well as to workforce challenges that manufacturers, in particular, are facing.
Through ongoing communication, public-private collaboration, a strong commitment to education, and an enterprising mindset, Midlothian offers a site solution conducive to high-tech operations ranging from aviation and aerospace to automotive and other advanced manufacturing industries.
Keep an eye on Midlothian. This community is soaring to exciting heights.
Support Texas Technical Education
Notably, TSTC offers a great scholarship opportunity for high school students from Midlothian. In partnership with local industry, Midlothian Economic Development provides funds to The TSTC Foundation’s Texan Success Scholarship. Graduates of MISD and residents of Midlothian are eligible for these $1,000 scholarships.
The scholarship is an “open fund” capable of receiving additional contributions from any person or organization. Industry partners are encouraged to contribute to help local students advance their education and increase the community’s pipeline of skilled workforce.