Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW)
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San Diego, CA
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Fleet Readiness Center Southwest (FRCSW) employs approximately 400 engineers and scientists. Newly hired engineers are entered into the Engineering Scientist Development Program (ESDP) designed to develop engineers and scientists from the entry level to a full performance level position.
FRCSW is the Navy's lead facility performing overhaul, repair, modification and center barrel replacement (a unique capability designed, engineered and built here by the command) for the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet. This process is just a part of the production, engineering and logistical efforts being used to extend the life of the aircraft and save taxpayers money.
The In-Service Support Center (ISSC) provides engineering and logistics expertise which includes the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) and High Flight Hour (HFH) initiatives to enhance readiness of aging aircraft such as the F/A-18. The center operates the Navy Primary Standards Laboratory, providing calibration services worldwide, second only to those of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Materials Engineering Laboratory provides a variety of services with its expertise in materials technologies, and has the Navy's only aircraft tire engineering and laser testing capability.