Northern Strike, a defense exercise at Camp Grayling in Michigan.
Major Industries

Defense & Aerospace

The Future of Defense & Aerospace is in Michigan

During World War II, Detroit was dubbed the “Arsenal of Democracy,” providing the weapons and vehicles necessary for victory. Today, the defense and aerospace industry in Michigan provides a wide array of career opportunities with more than 4,000 companies and organizations involved in development and manufacturing, cyber technology, artificial intelligence, and producing advanced materials the industry relies on.

The southeast region of the state is home to companies including AM General, GM Defense, Kalitta Air and SkySpecs, and in West Michigan you’ll find General Dynamics, GE Aviation and Precision Aerospace to name a few. Travel north and you’ll find high-tech startups including Obrion Space Technology, who is changing the game in space tech for generations to come.

All this to say, Michigan’s history in defense and aerospace runs deep. Whether you’re interested in working on military aircraft, satellites, helicopters, missiles, or excited about the potential of developing new emerging technologies, you can in Michigan.

By the Numbers

4,000

Aerospace and defense-related companies in Michigan, located in every county across the state

Top 10

Ranking for Michigan's aerospace manufacturing attractiveness, based on tax climate, operating costs, education, and industry representation

#3

Nationally ranked undergraduate aerospace engineering program in the country

The University of Michigan

Featured Employers

BAE Systems logo

BAE Systems

Locations in: Sterling Heights
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General Dynamics logo

General Dynamics

Locations in: Sterling Heights
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L3 Harris logo

L3 Harris

Locations in: Grand Rapids
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AM General logo

AM General

Locations in: Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids, Muskegon
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Orbion Space Technology logo

Orbion Space Technology

Locations in: Houghton
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OshKosh Defense logo

OshKosh Defense

Locations in: Warren
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RTX logo

RTX

Locations in: Holt, Lansing
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SkySpecs logo

SkySpecs

Locations in: Ann Arbor
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Dow Inc. logo

Dow Inc.

Locations in: Midland
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SKF logo

SKF

Locations in: Dexter, Plymouth Township
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Barnes Aerospace logo

Barnes Aerospace

Locations in: Lansing, Warren
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Emergent Biosolutions logo

Emergent Biosolutions

Locations in: Lansing
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GE Aviation logo

GE Aviation

Locations in: Grand Rapids, Muskegon
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GM Defense logo

GM Defense

Locations in: Detroit, Ferndale, Livonia, Plymouth, Warren
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KUKA Robotics logo

KUKA Robotics

Locations in: Detroit, Shelby Township, Sterling Heights
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Chardam Gear Company logo

Chardam Gear Company

Locations in: Sterling Heights
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Eaton Aerospace Group logo

Eaton Aerospace Group

Locations in: Grand Rapids, Jackson, Southfield
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Kalitta Air logo

Kalitta Air

Locations in: Ypsilanti
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Barron Industries logo

Barron Industries

Locations in: Oxford
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Array of Engineers logo

Array of Engineers

Locations in: Grand Rapids
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Raytheon logo

Raytheon

Locations in: Holt, Lansing, Macomb, Troy
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Triumph Group logo

Triumph Group

Locations in: Macomb
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Rave Computers logo

Rave Computers

Locations in: Sterling Heights
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Precision Castparts Corporation logo

Precision Castparts Corporation

Locations in: Canton, Muskegon, Oxford
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Parker Hannifin logo

Parker Hannifin

Locations in: Auburn Hills, Kalamazoo, Livonia
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Moeller Aerospace logo

Moeller Aerospace

Locations in: Grand Rapids
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BMT Aerospace logo

BMT Aerospace

Locations in: Fraser
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Precision Aerospace logo

Precision Aerospace

Locations in: Grand Rapids
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What Michiganers Are Saying

“All of the manufacturing infrastructure, the technical know-how is right here in the state. We just need to map this on this new class of vehicles, which don’t drive on the surface of the earth, they fly around above it.”

Brad King Founder Orbion Space Technology

Dive Deeper

Learn more about Michigan's Defense & Aerospace careers

  • Dynamic Defense
  • Michigan's Veterans
  • Shooting for the Stars
Dynamic Defense

Women Defining their Path in Michigan’s Defense Industry

Cemone Moy shifted her career trajectory from commercial airlines to defense vehicle manufacturing and is proud to be a part of Michigan’s Defense Corridor. As manager of international sustainment programs for General Dynamics Land Systems, Cemone helps create a workplace environment that educates and empowers.

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Michigan's Veterans

Support for veterans and their families

Michigan is home to over 400,000 former military personnel, having served in all branches of the U.S. military. Michigan provides extensive resources, support and services to these individuals through the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and Michigan’s Veterans Employment Services.  These services include access to apprenticeship programs, funding opportunities for training and development, assistance with relocation for civilian employment and more.  Michigan also has more than 400 Veteran Friendly Employers committed to veteran recruitment, training and retention across the state.

Shooting for the Stars

Committed to the next generation

Michigan is a member of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, which is a national network of colleges of universities working to expand opportunities for education, research and outreach for aeronautics and space programs. Twelve colleges and universities in the state are part of Michigan’s network. To further development the skills and resources needed by the next generation of career professionals for the aerospace and defense industries, Michigan offers a wide variety of innovative and interactive STEM programs for students in K-12th grades, including, Wayne State University: Summer Aviation Career Education Academy, Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum, and Challenger Learning Center at St. Clair Community College.

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