Specialized Workforce

Kent Valley’s specialized workforce offers a breadth of engineering and manufacturing talent experienced in aerospace, hardware, propulsion, distribution, logistics and more.

Highly Skilled and Educated Workforce

Kent Valley is home to as great a concentration of specialized workers with bachelor’s or advanced degrees as software technology hub, Bellevue, Washington. (Source: US Census, Longitudinal Employment and Housing Dynamics, 2018).

Why Kent - In Demand Jobs Destination

In-Demand Jobs Destination

Kent Valley is a booming jobs destination for a wealth of candidates with experience in aerospace engineering and advanced manufacturing. A highly skilled specialized workforce flocks to Kent Valley for career opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else. Over the last decade, Kent Valley added 37,000 jobs – many in the highest technology sectors of engineering and manufacturing.

Access to Higher Education

Kent Valley’s large, diverse pool of job candidates is fueled by the immediate presence of Renton Tech, Green River and Highline Colleges, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, as well as the University of Washington’s Seattle and Tacoma campuses in less than a 40-minute commute.

Why Kent Valley Continuing Education and Training

Continuing Education and Training

Kent Valley provides specialized resources and training opportunities through public and private organizations for students and industry professionals alike. See our Resources page for details.

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Fun Fact:

Kent Valley is home to the original Starbucks coffee roasting plant – one of only five in the world.

From the Lunar Rovers developed at Boeing’s Space Center to the creation of next-generation rockets at Blue Origin, brilliant scientists and engineers are building the world’s most advanced vehicles in Kent Valley.

Accesso ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington is North America’s first sports and entertainment facility to be certified LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Nonprofit FIRST Washington in Kent inspires kids in the sport of science, technology, and teamwork! Using competitive robotics, kids experience the thrill and excitement of playing a sport, while developing skills needed to become part of our future workforce.

Kent Valley is home to one of three national offices of the Robbins Company. This “underground rock star” built the tunnel boring machines used in the construction of the English Channel Tunnel, a 31-mile undersea tunnel linking Great Britain to France.

Kent’s Lake Fenwick is the namesake for Fenwick Fishing Rods where in 1952, a group of five avid fly fishermen formed a fishing rod company in their friends’ unused garage. Today, these sought-after Fenwick rods are known as “the most thought-out fishing rods in the world.”

Qi2 of Kent, Washington is the third generation of one of the world’s most influential innovators in industrial tool development. Founded in 1970 as Flow Research, the company is the source for invention of commercialized wind power and water jet cutting technology.

Even before Neil Armstrong, Hexcel materials made the first footprints on the moon. The foot-pads on the Apollo 11 Lunar Module were made of a crushable honeycomb foil made by Hexcel in Kent, Washington.

Kent Valley is home to Oberto, the nation’s leading all natural jerkey brand, who for over 100 years has made delicious and healthy protein-packed snacks.

Mary Wilson of Renton became the first female voter in Washington state when she voted on whether Renton should form Waterway District No. in 1910.

Renton is home to Jimi Hendrix’s Memorial; he is buried at Greenwood Memorial Park.

In its Renton factory, the Boeing Company produced its first B-29 in 1942; the Superfortress airplanes flew in World War II.

Renton is home to Wizards of the Coast, the nation’s leading publisher of fantasy and science fiction games. Some of their products include: the original run of Pokémon cards from 1998-2003, and Magic: the gathering which is distributed since 1993

Renton’s IKEA, the first one in the Pacific Northwest, has the largest Solar Array in the Washington state and produces 1.2 million kilowatt hours per year.

Renton produces the Boeing 737, the most produced large commercial jet in history.

The Virginia Mason Athletic Center is the headquarters and practice facility of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, in Renton. The second largest training facility in the NFL, it is situated on 19 acres of industrial property on the southeastern shore of Lake Washington.