WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. – Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), placed first in the "Learning/Career Opportunity" category of Aviation Week's fifth annual Workforce Study.
Hamilton Sundstrand finished ahead of aerospace and defense peer companies Mitre, Boeing and ULA – a Boeing-Lockheed Martin launch alliance – in the magazine's annual study assessing where U.S.-based aerospace and defense professionals most want to work.
According to the survey, "a core tenet of the Hamilton Sundstrand approach, and that of parent company United Technologies, is to pay for any type of higher education coursework up front, not as a reimbursement. Hamilton Sundstrand provides an average 40 [hours] of education/training per year per employee." The study also said Hamilton Sundstrand's leadership focuses "on moving people around the organization in a planned but rapid way—to keep pace with a generation that thrives on the velocity of new challenges."
"At Hamilton Sundstrand, we believe our success is largely dependent on an engaged work force," said Tutch Shirane, Hamilton Sundstrand vice president, Human Resources & Communications. "Our leadership continually assesses the organization's learning and development needs to ensure employees are satisfied with the opportunities afforded them, and that they have the necessary resources to be successful in their jobs."
Forty-three companies responded to Aviation Week's 2009 Workforce Study. The magazine ranked responses on criteria deemed most important by readers. Of all respondents, Hamilton Sundstrand best met the "Learning/Career Opportunity" category's criteria that -- according to Aviation Week -- includes "tuition reimbursement availability and rate of use, average hours of learning/training per year per employee, knowledge management structures, promotion rates, link between employee career/development plans to evaluation process, and clear and available career paths."
Hamilton Sundstrand has ranked highly in the "Professional Development/Learning" and "Technological Challenge" categories in previous Aviation Week work force studies. This is the first time the company has taken top honors in a category. It also ranked highly in the "Valuing the Individual/Diversity" category.
With 2008 revenues of $6.2 billion, Hamilton Sundstrand is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Conn. Among the world's largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and industrial products, the company designs, manufactures and services aerospace systems and provides integrated system solutions for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft. It also is a major supplier for international space programs.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries worldwide.