Product integrity, product certification and compliance, global product definition, and standard product processes and oversight are all built into Spirit’s business strategy. Spirit engineers utilize advanced processes and tools such as: Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE), stress and design systems, and analysis tools that enable the company to exceed customer requirements. By developing material and process specifications and allowables, offering manufacturing and tool design capabilities, and featuring on-site FAA Designated Engineering Representatives and Airworthiness Representatives, Spirit has a distinct competitive advantage as the “one stop shop” of choice for aerospace customers.
Spirit has more than 1,300 degreed engineering and technical employees, including 190 contract engineers. The company also contracts the work of more than 680 engineers from engineering services firms worldwide, including access to more than 100 engineers through Spirit Progresstech LLC – a joint venture that Spirit entered into with Progresstech, Ltd. of Moscow, Russia, in 2007. The Spirit Technical Fellowship program comprises 24 members from a number of engineering disciplines. These experts in engineering help keep the company current with new technology by producing technical solutions for new and existing products and processes.
Spirit engineers possess a broad base of engineering skills in metal and composite fabrication and assembly; chemical processing and finishing; tooling design and development; quality and precision measurement technology; systems and controls.
In our first five year as a company, Spirit has filed nearly 300 invention disclosures and holds over 75 patents and patents pending. In addition, Spirit employees participated in numerous inventions and patent activities as part of our associations with previous owners.
Spirit is a world-class research and development business, empowered to be an aligned partner to OEMs in their new product development activities. Recent R&D activity is focused on advanced assembly; unique tooling solutions; low-cost composites; new, efficient fuselage, wing and propulsion structures; systems integration; advanced design and analysis methods; and qualification of new material systems.