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Pratt & Whitney Engine Services

Pratt & Whitney Engine Services

WV company builds engines to support U.S. military

Pratt & Whitney Engine Services
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Location: Harrison County
Pratt & Whitney Engine Services (PWES) in Bridgeport, W.Va. has been a major employer in West Virginia since 1971. The company currently provides aerospace and manufacturing jobs to 388 employees at its overhaul and repair site. In 1988 and 1999, PWES expanded its operations by adding a total of 123,000 square feet. Additionally, in 1997, the Joint Primary Aircraft Training System (JPATS) Program began in Bridgeport. New JPATS engines are assembled and tested and the overhaul and repair of the engines are completed at the Bridgeport facility. These engines directly support the aircraft that are used to train new U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots.

PWES has received support and funding from the GGWFP for approximately 11 years. The funding was used for a variety of training, including Engine Familiarization, SAP Software, Leadership Training, Supervisory Training, and Customized Technical Train-the-Trainer courses.

The training opportunities have provided the ability to continue to expand and grow the PWES facility while ensuring that it is providing its work force with the necessary training to remain competitive in today’s market. The GGWFP has helped provide the financial and technical assistance that is needed to continue the flexibility within its work force, and to retain and upgrade the skills of current employees. The funds will continue to be an asset for PWES in years to come.