SAMP Members

SAMP is a committed group of Tucson manufacturing companies working in close partnership with Arizona@Work Pima CountyPima Community College (PCC)Desert View High School and Tucson Magnet High School to develop the manufacturing workforce of the future. Both Desert View High School and Tucson Magnet High School work in collaboration with Pima County Joint Technical District (JTED) on their student precision machining/manufacturing program.

Providing Students with Real-World Experience

SAMP member companies participate by employing students through the Internship Program. Interns are enrolled at PCC. The 18 month internship program with the member company reinforces concepts they learn in the classroom and gives interns experience working with modern manufacturing equipment.

Developing Curriculum with Schools

By employing interns, SAMP companies are able to engage with educators to close any skill gaps of the students. With the help of SAMP companies, educators have been able to make changes to curriculum that will better prepare students for a career in manufacturing. Curriculum development and redesign has been based on accepted industry standards from the National Institute of Metalworking, Inc. (NIMS). 

Our Initiatives:

Workforce Development
Place students who have met the internship criteria with member companies so that they can gain real-life skills they need to succeed in today’s manufacturing industry.


Curriculum Development
We partner with Pima County JTED precision machining/manufacturing programs at Tucson Magnet High School, Desert View High School, Tanque Verde High School and Pima Community College to develop curriculum with nationally recognized, industry-validated credentials.

Help Build Careers in Manufacturing
Promote a world-class image of careers in manufacturing to students, teachers, parents and elected officials. Work one-on-one with students in internships, to develop the skills they need for a career in manufacturing.

Support Southern Arizona’s Manufacturers
Attend events that promote the Southern Arizona manufacturing sector.

Our Mission

To produce a highly trained, nationally credentialed workforce to fill today’s manufacturing jobs. SAMP develops partnerships with high schools, colleges, local and federal government, and industry to implement SAMP's industry recognized educational process. This process facilitates community transformation by helping the region to develop economically, fosters positive manufacturing growth, builds extended business opportunities, and creates jobs. The result is a better future for Southern Arizona youth, veterans, and families all while transforming the Southern Arizona business community.


Abrams Airborne

Specializing in precision sheetmetal fabrication, CNC machining, aluminum dip brazing, and other related processes, Abrams Airborne has prided itself on providing an environment that may service the many needs of each of their customers. The facility now spans over 150,000 square feet with over two hundred employees, working in twenty-six different departments. In order to continue to provide the optimal “one stop shop”, the company is committed to the continued growth of its operations and capabilities.

AGM Container Controls

AGM aspires to be a model, principled company with a mission to meet the needs of our nation’s national defense efforts, as well as those of the aerospace, space and technical industries. Perhaps most importantly, however, AGM strives to be a positive supporter of its local community.

Airtronics Inc.

Established in 1975, Airtronics Inc. maintains hundreds of prime contracts for various agencies of the US Department of Defense including the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Defense Logistics Agency and Navy. For the past 20 years, Airtronics Inc. has worked with the Air Force and Department of Defense to develop repair capability on items historically considered non-repairable. In doing so, over thirteen million dollars worth of assets have now been established to be repairable, greatly reducing MICAP and long lead times.

Competitive Engineering, Inc.

Founded in 1987, Competitive Engineering, Inc. is dedicated to being a leader in the engineering and manufacturing industry. Based in Tucson, Arizona, with additional locations in Mexico and the Philippines, CEI Global provides engineering and manufacturing solutions to a diverse world market.CEI provides the highest level of service and quality to our customers while using our decades of technical experience to provide greater value to our customers.

Hi-Tech Machining and Engineering

Hi-Tech Machining and Engineering was founded in 1986 by Sam Rook. Since that time, Hi-Tech Machining and Engineering has continued to grow and adapt to meet customer needs. Hi-Tech serves customers in the Defense, Aerospace, Medical and Commercial markets, including: Raytheon, Honeywell, R.E. Darling, and Celestica.

HT Metals

HT Metals is Arizona's premier provider of ready to manufacture custom transformed raw material. We achieve this by providing the raw material sourcing along with a variety of value added services to our customers.

Howmet Aerospace

Howmet is a company of innovators and makers. We are transforming the future of flying and driving with high-performance engineered solutions that are paired with advanced manufacturing expertise.

Industrial Tool, Die & Engineering, Inc.

Founded by Guy Theriault in 1972, Industrial Tool, Die & Engineering, Inc. (ITDE) has strived to meet its customer’s needs, whether it be quality, workmanship, prompt service or fair prices. Our qualified are here to provide companies the highest quality products while minimizing the cost and providing superior materials and workmanship. ITDE manufactures small and medium-sized components for aerospace, optics, medical and solar.

Leonardo Electronics US, Inc.

Leonardo Electronics US Inc. is a subsidiary of Leonardo and enables next-generation technologies in defense, security, medical and industrial segments. The US-based R&D and service provide nimble product development, program support, and vertically integrated production of laser and electronic components and systems. Headquartered in McLean, VA, with facilities in Tucson, AZ, and Huntsville, AL, Leonardo can provide full US design, customization, production, service, and support.


At Raytheon, the foundation of everything we do is rooted in our values and a higher calling – to help our nation and allies defend freedoms and deter aggression. We bring the strength of more than 100 years of experience and renowned engineering expertise to meet the needs of today’s mission and stay ahead of tomorrow’s threat. Our team solves tough, meaningful problems that create a safer, more secure world.

Sargent Aerospace and Defense

The men and women who make up the diverse team at Sargent Aerospace and Defense come to work every day focused on making our customers successful. Sargent is an aerospace hydraulics and aerospace bearings supplier that is committed to supporting our customers by leveraging our expertise in design engineering and manufacturing to help them overcome the challenges they face and succeed in their respective missions.


Desert View High School

Desert View High School’s iSTEM Academy and Precision Manufacturing students earn paid internships, industry certifications, and college credit from Pima Community College preparing students for numerous opportunities post high school. Desert View’s Precision Manufacturing program, a NIMS Nationally Accredited program and Pima JTED program has been recognized as exemplary, preparing students to directly enter the workforce with industry recognized credentials and a solid foundation to continue on and pursue an Associates Degree.

Pima Community College

Pima Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution serving students and employers throughout Pima County, Arizona and beyond. We welcome everyone striving to achieve a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. Developing Centers for Excellence in key areas such as Applied Technology, Information Technology and Health Professions, Pima is focused on strengthening partnerships and expanding employer engagement in order to ensure today’s students are prepared for many years to come.


Pima JTED is a public Career and Technical Education District which works with business and industry and 14 member public school districts to provide premier CTE programs to approximately 22,000 sophomore, junior, and senior level high school students each year. Our award-winning programs are proven to increase student success, significantly contribute to our local economy, and afford students the chance to jumpstart their careers and do what they love in high school.

Sunnyside Unified School District

Sunnyside Unified School District’s mission is to develop students with a strong sense of identity, purpose and agency, so that they leave our system as effective learners who act with purpose to achieve the conditions they desire in their own and others’ lives.

Tanque Verde Unified School District

Tanque Verde Unified School District will ensure effective communication, collaboration, school partnerships and state of the art facilities that support our vision for students as well as benefit all constituents. Our balanced budget ensures continuity of programs and empowers growth.

Tucson Unified School District

TUSD’s CTE program fully develops every student’s career and academic potential to ensure a dynamic workforce. Students in our programs prepare for workforce success and continuous learning, and can earn industry recognized certifications!

Supporting Organizations:

Apfel and Associates

Apfel and Associates provides exceptional legal services in areas of immigration, corporate, and intellectual property law.


ARIZONA@WORK is the statewide workforce development network that helps employers of all sizes and types recruit, develop and retain the best employees for their needs. Our organization offers a wide range of resources and services to assist job seekers across the state in finding gainful employment opportunities.

AZ Career and Technical Education

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides students with the academic and technical skills, and with the knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. Foundational to CTE are rigorous program technical standards developed by business and industry. CTE prepares learners by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. In fact, the high school graduation rate for Arizona students who concentrate in at least one CTE program is about 93 percent – much higher than the Arizona average.

Arizona Technology Council

As Arizona’s premier networking and trade association for science and technology companies, the Arizona Technology Council is the driving force behind making the Grand Canyon State the fastest-growing technology hub in the nation, connecting and empowering Arizona’s community of innovation.

Blue Canoe Marketing

Blue Canoe Marketing, based in Tucson, Arizona, specializes in helping companies in science, technology and engineering produce marketing strategies and materials to be successful in their markets. Our aim is to be a trusted and valuable extension of your marketing team so your team can get more done

Center for the Future of Arizona

Center for the Future of Arizona is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings Arizonans together to create a stronger and brighter future for our state. Born from a love for Arizona and a desire to help our state succeed, we invest all of our time and resources into the state and its people. We listen to Arizonans to learn what matters most to them, share trusted data about how Arizona is doing in those priority areas, bring critical issues to public attention, and work with communities and leaders to solve public problems.


NIMS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that was formed in 1995 to develop and maintain a globally competitive American workforce. The vision of NIMS is to build a globally competitive American workforce through collaboratively established industry standards, proven training frameworks and processes that dynamically respond to our technology-driven economy.

One-Stop Career Center

The Pima County One-Stop, a division of the Community & Workforce Development Department, boosts the local economy by delivering a wide range of career advancement opportunities to individuals, while offering extensive services to the business community.

Whether you are looking for work, changing careers, or trying to get back into school, the Pima County One-Stop Youth Employment Center provides workforce and education services for young people ages 14 to 24. Let us help you discover your career pathway and reach your goals!

Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners (SAMP) collaborates with educators and local manufacturers to prepare students for successful career paths — starting with paid internships.

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