the birthplace of the
Simulation-based technology has been a key ingredient to Orlando’s economy since it was first developed to take man to the moon. Now, the technology spans many of Orlando’s core industries and drives innovation in sectors from aviation, aerospace and defense to education, healthcare and even gaming.
$6B+ Annual Simulation-Related Contracts
National Center for Simulation, 2019
UCF in Top 20 Most Innovative Universities
U.S. News & World Report, 2017-2020
#1 for STEM Job Growth in the U.S.
Known for the companies we keep
Featured Simulation Technology Companies
80 percent of workers in Orlando are employed outside of the leisure and hospitality industry. We’re a little more high-tech than you might think.
Company: Doghead Simulations
Industry: SimulationVisit Website
Description: Launched by Call of Duty co-founder, Doghead Simulations helps distributed teams collaborate using virtual reality.
Company: Electronic ArtsVisit Website
Description: Located in Orlando, Electronic Arts Tiburon is one of Electronic Arts’ Worldwide Studio facilities and produces some of the top titles in the industry, including Madden NFL (a perennial top-three title in North America), Madden NFL Mobile (one of the industry’s top performing mobile games) and NBA LIVE and NBA LIVE Mobile.
Company: JetBlue Airways
Industry: Aviation and Airlines
No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 1000-5000
Description: JetBlue Airways Corporation is a major American low cost airline.
Company: Lockheed Martin
No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 5000-10000
Description: Lockheed Martin Corporation is an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company.
Engineering & Computer Simulations
Company: Engineering & Computer SimulationsVisit Website
Description: Engineering & Computer Simulations (ECS) is a global training and technology solutions company, headquartered in Orlando.
Company: SIMETRIVisit Website
Description: SIMETRI, Inc. is a woman-and-minority owned small business that develops creative, realistic technologies to fill or improve critical medical training gaps with cost-effective solutions based on sound training effectiveness evaluation.
Company: Mass VirtualVisit Website
Description: Mass Virtual helps organizations increase their level of experience by using virtual technologies to save money and time while enhancing human performance.
Industry: Aviation, Aerospace and Defense, Energy
No. of Employees in the Orlando region: 500-1000
Description: Leidos is an American defense, aviation, information technology, and biomedical research company.
“There’s a lot of simulation expertise in the region that came out of the aerospace and defense realm. Orlando is the simulation center of competency….”
– Fram Akiki
VP of Electronics & Semiconductor Industry at Siemens
It’s a smart world
Orlando universities offer specialized programs dedicated to preparing the workforce of the future.
Full Sail University
Bachelor’s Degree in Simulation and Visualization
University of Central Florida
Institute for Simulation and Training
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Simulation Science, Games and Animation program
Orange Technical College
Modeling Simulation Production program
It’s more than fun and games – there’s serious business happening here.
VA Medical Simulation Center: SimLearn
The Simulation Learning, Education and Research Network (SimLEARN) is the largest medical simulation center in the country. Serving the largest integrated health care system in the world, VHA’s SimLEARN provides an ever-growing body of curricula and best practices that improve health care for the nation’s veterans.
Nearly every single one of 1,500 annual new hires train each year at the Orlando International Airport (MCO). JetBlue’s presense at MCO includes its Orlando Support Center, which houses JetBlueU – a simulation training facility for crew members – as well as The Lodge, a 196-room hotel for employees visiting the facility.
A Thriving Ecosystem
Orlando’s established industry cluster has grown due to supportive R&D and funding partners like the annual I/ITSEC conference and the National Center for Simulation.
I/ITSEC is the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event held in Orlando every year.
National Center for Simulation (NCS)
The mission of NCS is to serve as the nation’s focal point and as a catalyst for the development, understanding, and advancement of simulation and related technologies; to improve defense readiness and facilitate space exploration; to support education and training initiatives; and to extend useful applications of simulation.
BUILD OR RENT YOUR CASTLE
Orlando is a cost-effective location, whether you plan to build, buy or lease.
Central Florida Research Park
The Central Florida Research Park is a campus-like environment for business, located adjacent to the University of Central Florida. Businesses that desire a “university relationship” can purchase land in the Research Park on which to construct a facility or can lease space for office, office/lab or light manufacturing uses.
Connect with a Subject Matter Expert
Get with touch with William Parsons, Director, Business Development | Advanced Manufacturing; Aviation, Aerospace & Defense, to learn more about how Orlando can support your talent and workforce needs.
Call him today: 407.902.2413