Embraer has broken ground on a new, 67,000-sq-ft Embraer Engineering and Technology Center USA on its Melbourne International Airport campus. It is slated to open in mid-2014, and the company expects to invest $26 million in the project over the next five years.
“The continuing development of Embraer in Florida reflects our growth as a global company and our commitment to the U.S. market,” said Frederico Fleury Curado, Embraer’s president and CEO. According to Curado, it is part of the company’s long-term strategy to be closer to its customers and its major markets.
The facility will include 3D computer-aided design, computational fluid dynamics, finite element modeling, a 3D virtual-reality center, prototype capabilities and other laboratories and test equipment.
The 200 planned jobs will have an average salary of $70,000 per year and include such specialties as mechanical and electrical systems engineers, interior design engineers, structural engineers and certification engineers. To date, 12 employees, including former Kennedy Space Center personnel, have been hired and are working in temporary facilities adjacent to the airport. The company continues to evaluate potential candidates.