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Safran in Kentucky: Hiring local talent and supporting business growth

Human resources

Safran’s active role in Kentucky’s aviation sector was spotlighted this week as Safran Landing Systems seeks to hire local talent for its Walton facility and supports business growth.

Kentucky Aviation / Aerospace Day

This positive outlook was presented at the Kentucky Aviation/Aerospace Day, organized on February 24 in the state’s capital city of Frankfort. The annual event provided legislators with an opportunity to interact directly with Kentucky’s leading aerospace suppliers, service providers, as well as the secondary and university-level aviation educational sector.

Carbon brake production at Walton

Safran Landing Systems is one of 80 aerospace companies in the state, with its Walton facility focused on aircraft wheels and carbon brakes. Activities of the 285 employees include production of carbon brakes and their refurbishment for North American airlines, with the company's products also used on military aircraft.

As a responsible corporate citizen, Safran Landing Systems also plays a key role in bringing skills to the local workforce. It partners with Gateway Community & Technical College to offer the Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program (AMT) through the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME).

Providing opportunities for students and graduates

This two-year Associate Degree program incorporates cutting-edge curriculum, paid working experience, paid tuition, and workshops on manufacturing best practices.

Additionally, Safran Landing Systems has provided employment opportunities for AMT students and for graduates of the program. Tours for local school groups interested in seeing today’s manufacturing in action also are provided by the company.

  • Pictured in the Kentucky Aviation/Aerospace Day photo from the state’s Capitol are: Safran Landing Systems’ Matt Nelson (Vice President - Wheels & Brakes), and Arnaud Holz (Senior Supply Chain Manager).