About AASC

Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation (AASC) is a leading small business specializing in the fabrication and test of complex composite and metal bonded structural assemblies for the Aerospace Industry. Founded in 1954 in Stockton, CA, AASC continues to build upon our vast heritage always focusing on customer satisfaction and product quality.

350
Employees
332750
Square Foot Facility
63
Years of Heritage

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Leadership

AASC is guided by a dedicated leadership team, leveraging extensive industry experience with a combined 151 years at AASC alone, to maintain a well respected aerospace industry partner.

John Rule

President/CEO

As the President and Chief Executive Officer, John is responsible for the overall business strategy, financial performance and successful execution of all programs at Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation. John joined AASC in 1992 as the Director of Marketing and has been in his current role since 1999. Prior to AASC, John worked for Composite Optics Inc. and General Dynamics. John holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Aeronautics/Astronautics and Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Aeronautical Engineering from San Diego State University.
In his spare time, John enjoys cycling and flying as a private pilot.

Rhonda Ward

CFO

As the Chief Financial Officer, Rhonda is responsible for the overall financial, long-term planning and strategic management of Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation. In this role, Rhonda manages all the finance, human resources, purchasing, security and management information system activities. She has been in this position since 1996 when she joined AASC. Rhonda previously worked for Moss Adams, a regional CPA firm, directly out of college. Rhonda holds a CPA license and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Business Administration from Oregon State University.
Rhonda enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. When not working on their walnut orchard, the family enjoys traveling.

Kevin Bidlack

Director of Programs and Operations

As the Director of Programs and Operations at Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation, Kevin is responsible for the Aircraft Program Management Teams as well as the corporate-wide shared Operations & Plant Engineering functions. Kevin also has responsibilities for maintaining all customer contracts and insuring customer requirements are entered correctly into AASC’s ERP system which drives MRP demand and correct shipping and billing requirements. Kevin has been with AASC since 1991 and has held positions as Manufacturing Engineer, Plant Engineer, Sales & Marketing Engineer, and Program Manager. Kevin holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, and an MBA from California State University, Stanislaus.

Patrick Hart

Director of Business Development

As the Director of Business Development, Patrick is responsible for the overall growth strategy of Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation. In this role, he is responsible for all Sales and Marketing and Bid and Proposal activities. Patrick has held various other roles at AASC including Sr. Program Manager, Business Unit Manager and Engineering Director since he was hired in 1996. He has been in his current position since 2001. Patrick previously worked for Lockheed Martin as a Research Engineer in their Satellite Electrical Power Systems group directly out of college. Patrick holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University.
Patrick is an avid tennis player and fan along with his wife and two daughters. When not playing tennis, the Hart family loves to travel.

Bill Gulart

Director of Programs and Engineering

As the Director of Programs and Engineering, Bill is responsible for Project based Program Management Teams as well as Program Engineering Support at Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation. Bill has held various other roles at AASC including Tool Designer, Marketing Estimator, Machine Shop Manager, Program Manager, and Aircraft Product Manager since he was hired in 1991. He has been in his current position since 2012. Bill previously worked for United Technologies as a Tool/Product Designer designing and fabricating Rocket Motors.
Bill enjoys fishing, his son’s sports, and spending time with his family when not working.

Mike Guthmiller

Director of Quality

As the Director of Quality Assurance, Mike is responsible for Applied Aerospace Structures Corporations compliance to and continuing registration to AS9100 and Nadcap special process accreditations. In addition to his role as compliance officer, Mike also drives corporate-wide continuous improvement initiatives to improve current processes in AASC’s business management system. Mike has also worked in the role of Sr. Program Manager at AASC, since he was hired in 2004, and has been in his current position since 2008. Mike previously worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space, GTE Government Systems, and Space Systems/Loral in satellite black box design and test as well as special operations system design and integration. Mike holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from California State University, Sacramento.
Mike has played the drums since the fourth grade and enjoys playing music with other musicians. When not banging on the drums, Mike along with his wife, enjoy the company of their three daughter’s families and three granddaughters.

Mike Noyes

Director of Engineering

As the Director of Engineering, Mike is responsible for supporting and managing customer requirements for design and build contracts, concurrent engineering efforts and materials and product development and testing. Mike has more than 30 years of space flight structures and antenna experience and has been the responsible engineer on many spaceflight sub systems including antennas, arrays, and structures, many for deep space science missions. Mike has a considerable background in composites, RF and antenna design and has received several awards and patents from within the space community. Mike graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Farnborough College of Technology and worked for Marconi Space and Defense in the UK before immigrating to the US in 1984 and joining RCA Astro Electronics in Princeton NJ. Mike worked through the heritage Astro organization of RCA, GE, Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin leaving his position as a section manager in the antenna group in Newtown PA to join AASC in 1998.

Our People

Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation (AASC) maintains an experienced staff of program managers, manufacturing engineers, quality engineers and inspectors, machinists and technicians. All of our employees are dedicated to our mission of total quality and customer satisfaction.

Quality

Applied Aerospace Structures Corporation (AASC) is dedicated to providing the highest quality products to our customers. As such, our Quality Management System is extremely robust with regular internal audits and re-certification audits. AASC has been certified to IS0 9001 and AS9100 since 2003 and continues to meet the latest standards and requirements to maintain our certification. AASC is also certified to four Nadcap special processes (Composites, Chemical Processing, NonDestructive Inspection and Measurement & Inspection) which are intended to help our customers accept these processes without further auditing or costs. Our quality certifications are downloadable at the below links.