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Champion Aerospace

We make parts for airplane engines. So when you are on a plane and you hear the engines start? Our products made that happen! It is what keeps the plane flying and landing safely as well.

So much here is done by hand - we do have a few robots, but the majority of work is done by hand right here in Liberty. We also have a ceramics department that has giant kiln (a really big oven for ceramic parts) that runs 24/7 - so we always have someone on site to make sure that is running properly. 

JOBS AT OUR COMPANY

The main jobs we hire for are in our production area - assemblers, material handlers, electronics technicians, machining, and quality technicians to name a few. In the last year, we have hired engineers, accounting staff, and purchasing staff. We also have marketing and sales, human resources, finance, IT, and operations.

OTHER SKILLS YOU’LL NEED

It's important to always want to learn and to find ways you can be productive and helpful. Sometimes, especially with newer employees, it might be easy to finish a job and then you have time and not sure what to do. I have found employees who are shy and don't know how to ask if there is something else to do or don't feel comfortable doing that. Work on feeling comfortable asking questions. Everyone sees who works hard and is always willing to help and they don't forget that either! It's also important to know how to get along with all different types of personalities and cultures. In the workplace, you never know who you may work with one day and understanding that differences are good and not something to be afraid of is important. If you know how to get along and respect others, it will help you go a long way in your career.

GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES

We have employees who have started in a production position and have moved into supervisory or management roles. There are many different departments within our company and opportunities to pursue your education while employed full time if you are interested in moving into a different area as well.

BEST PART OF WORKING HERE

The most rewarding part of the job is helping people. It is fun working with my colleagues to solve problems, especially for people who really need legal help but cannot afford a lawyer. The challenging part is dealing with difficult people. Lawyers have to interact with many people in many situations. Some people can be hard to deal with. As long as you deal with everyone honestly and with integrity, you will be able to work your way through any difficult situation, even if the other person is causing problems.

FUN FACT

Champion ignition components powered the Wright brothers first powered flight in 1903!

Every few years, we do an air show where we have pilots take off from Pickens Airport and fly over our facility where guests can watch our parts in action in the planes.

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK

As an aerospace industry, overall the employment outlook is good. It is hard this year because of COVID and the lack of travel that people are doing both for fun and for work that we are seeing a slowdown in the industry and lack of hiring. But it will come back and there is a ton of opportunity. The parts we make here have been around for over 100 years and we continue to work with companies that are forward thinking with aerospace travel, so we definitely see a positive employment outlook.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

We offer youth apprenticeships for high school and co-ops for college students.

GOOD TO KNOW

Teamwork is very important here. People are early to meetings! People are early and ready to start when the meeting starts, not minutes after. Everyone respects each other's time. So if you think about it in school, it is important to start that habit and become disciplined with yourself on showing up on time and being ready when class starts, not just walking in when the bell rings. Also, we collaborate so much across the departments that it is important to know how to work with other people and handle different personalities. In school, you may have to work in a group and maybe you feel like you are doing all the work, or you don't necessarily like someone in your group. You don't have to like someone to work well together, you have to know how to respect them. And that is the same with group work - always respect who you are working with and do your part.

OUR COMMUNITY SERVICE

We participate in Habitat for Humanity and help build at least twice a year. We also have participated in some United Way events and are always open to hearing about opportunities we can continue to help our community!