Aerospace technology firm set for Cork

An American aerospace technology giant has established a cutting-edge European research centre in Cork to develop smart technology systems for the aircraft of the future.

United Technologies Research Center (UTRC), the research and innovation arm of Connecticut-based global tech firm United Technologies Corp, said the IDA-supported expansion of its existing operations in Cork will lead to the creation of 25 highly skilled, well-paid jobs over the next four years.

Its new Centre of Excellence in Cyber-Physical Systems for Aerospace, located on Penrose Wharf, will hire PhD graduates in electronics, diagnostics and data analytics, controls, aircraft systems engineering and embedded systems to work on the development of ‘smart systems’ to control aircraft avionics, emergency and cargo systems.

David Parekh, vice president research and a director of UTRC, said about 75% of its employees worldwide have PhDs but, in Ireland, the rate is around 80%.

“We are looking for the best people who would want to come and work with us,” he said. “It’s sort of the best of both worlds — you have the energy of a start-up but you also have the long-term commitment of a major global multinational, so you have clear paths to deploy what you’re learning.”

The company was established with just two employees in the Tyndall Institute five years ago to work on smart energy and security systems. It moved to the fourth floor on Penrose Wharf some years ago where it employs up to 50 people.

The establishment of the new aerospace research centre will see the company taking over the entire third floor of the building.

Defence Minister Simon Coveney welcomed the company’s expansion.

“The choice of Cork for this activity is a clear demonstration of Ireland’s ability to provide a highly skilled workforce for this type of activity,” he said.

The IDA’s CEO Martin Shanahan said unprecedented levels of investment in science and technology have created a vibrant research community in Ireland.


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