Aerospace Engineering Corporation (AEC) is a provider of advanced technologies and engineered solutions serving a host of leading Prime companies in the Space and Defense industry. We specialize in precision multi-axis machining, certified welding, forming, complex assemblies, corking, vulcanizing, click-bonding, priming, top coating, and system integration. The magnitude of extensive in-house capabilities coupled with unparalleled talent across the KARMAN divisions, allows AEC to support a wide spectrum of mission-critical flight hardware, ground support equipment, and tooling for launch systems and vehicles, with a proven record of success. Product lines include engine nozzles, nose fairings, insulation & thermal protection systems, control surfaces, lightweight structures, attach fittings, etc.​

Product Lines & Capabilities

Precision Machining

  • 3-6 Axis Small to Large Precision Machining
  • CNC Turning/VTL with Live Head​
  • 5 Axis Mill Turning
  • Water-jet Cutting
  • Solid Rocket Motor (SRM) Fittings
  • Control Surfaces
  • Lightweight Structures
  • Satellite Components
  • UAV Structures
  • Layup Mandrels
  • Containers

Certified Weld Fabrication

  • AWS Structural & Fusion Welding for Aerospace Applications
  • AWS D1.1, D17.1, D17.2, FCAW, GTAW, GMAW etc.
  • Onsite Certified Weld Inspector

Complex Assemblies & Advanced Structures

  • Hydraulic, Pneumatic, and Electrical Aerostructure Assemblies
  • Corking, Vulcanizing & Click Bonding​
  • Proof load Testing
  • Heat Shields Structures
  • Nose Fairings & Nose Cones
  • Nozzle Shells
  • Aerostructures
  • Rocket Motor Assemblies
  • Hydraulic, Pneumatic, and Electrical Assemblies
  • Insulation & Thermal Protection Shields

Engineering & Design

  • Tool Design & Fabrication
  • CATIA V, UG NX, Pro-E CREO, SolidWorks, MasterCam, AutoCad, Vericut, Verisurf
  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Vertically Integrated Production

  • Priming & Coatings​
  • 3D Printing​
  • Specialized Metal Forming
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Plating and Special Coatings
  • Heat Treat through 3rd party approved sources
  • Inspection: CMM, Laser tracker, Inspection Arms, Comparators, etc.


Aerospace Engineering Corp. (AEC) has over 35 years of proven record of success in the Space, Advanced Defense, and Aeronautics industries. AEC is a key contributor to American national security missions and largest space exploration programs. We specialize in critical flight hardware, complex aerostructures and ground support equipment. AEC operates out of two facilities in Southern California in the cities of Brea and Santa Ana, that spans over 100,000 sq. ft., and employs over 200 people.

The AEC Division provides qualified products for NASA, DoD and MDA Prime Contractors and Commercial Launch providers. Programs examples include the following:


  • Vulcan
  • AtlasV
  • Orion Spacecraft
  • GEM63 & GEM63XL
  • Starship
  • SLS
  • Falcon
  • NASA Platforms


  • NGI
  • CPS, LRHW, MPBD & other Hypersonics Program
  • GBSD
  • Predator
  • Classified Programs