Macon Economic Development Commission

Aerospace

Georgia's Aerospace Corridor

Due to the large concentration of aerospace related industries in the area, Middle Georgia has been dubbed Georgia’s “Aerospace Corridor”. Middle Georgia is home to more than 100 aerospace companies and contractors.  The Middle Georgia area is also home to Robins Air Force Base, the largest industrial complex in the state with over 21,000 maintenance and logistics workers; Boeing’s Team Macon C-17 assembly facility; Vought Aircraft’s composite facility and assembly facility; and numerous associated service facilities.  There are over 30,000 aerospace workers in the area.

Macon, Georgia offers workforce advantages for aerospace companies with wage rates below national averages, a favorable labor environment, trained workers and programs for ensuring expedited start-up operations.  It is no wonder why Macon is ranked as one of 101 Great Locations in the South for Aviation & Aerospace. (Southern Business & Development)

Robins Air Force Base, Bombardier, Boeing, Vought, Northrop Grumman, ASA, Haeco, Honeywell International all call the Macon area home. Why?

  • Strategic location in the center of Georgia at intersections of I-75, I-475, & I-16
  • Just over an hour’s drive to Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
  • 3 area airports offering available, industry ready sites with runway access
  • Avionics and electronics design and repair facilities
  • 3 MRO operations and strong supplier network
  • 3 FAA certified A&P Mechanic training programs in the area
  • Quick Start- #1 Training Program in the Country (Expansion Management, 2007)
  • Aerospace Engineering and aerospace technical training programs
  • 8 area colleges, universities, and technical colleges
  • 26 county draw area of over 400,000 people
  • First-rate transportation infrastructure
  • 2 ½ to 5 hours from 4 major seaports: Savannah (3rd largest & fastest growing seaport in the U.S.), Brunswick, Charleston, and Jacksonville
  • Norfolk Southern Railroad, a Class 1 rail service provider, and Georgia Central Railroad
  • The largest rail switching center on the East coast
Georgia's Aerospace Corridor  | Macon Economic Development

2015 Macon MSA Wage Survey

SOC Code Occupational Description Entry Hourly Wage Average Hourly Wage
51-2041
Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters
15.70
19.17
51-4081
Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators & Tenders, Metal and Plastic
15.52
20.70
51-4121
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers
13.18
16.91
51-9061
Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers
13.13
18.94
17-2071
Electrical Engineers
27.27
38.94
17-2112
Industrial Engineers
28.87
39.88
17-2141
Mechanical Engineers
23.59
34.81
49-1011
First-Line Supervisors/ Managers of Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers
19.36
27.49
49-9071
Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
11.18
15.56

Source: 2015 Wage Survey, Georgia Department of Labor, March 2016.