Site Overview

MAF Aerial with NOLA


NASA and S3 offer Michoud tenants an EXTENSIVE selection of Shared Services that provide companies the foundation to grow, the infrastructure to expand, and in turn creates a solutions-based environment (these are just a few):

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Friction Stir Welding, Composite Fabrication & Cure, Calibration Measurement, Engineering and Tooling Design, Mechanical and Chemical Testing, Machining, Sub-Assemblies, Cleaning, Heat Treatment, Spray Booths, Thermal Protection Application, Transport & Lifts, Tooling Modifications, and Hazard Disposal
  • Business Enablers
  • Recruiting, Placement, Training, Development, Logistics and Advanced Supply Chain Management, Media Services, and Event Planning
  • Production Support
  • Planning, Scheduling, Lean Processing Consultation, Quality Control, Modeling and Simulation, Integration, Tooling Design and Production
  • Facility Improvements
  • Project Management, Engineering, and Construction

Avoid Major Capital Investments and Set-up Costs - Spend More on Production

  • Advanced manufacturing equipment for lease
  • No property taxes or property insurance
  • MAF has the lowest utility rates in region: those savings are passed on to its customers
  • Low area wages and cost of living
  • Market-friendly lease rates
  • Low site attrition rates and available skilled technical workforce
  • Pre-negotiated rates for services and support
  • Capability to tap into worldwide Jacobs talent pool for temporary / unique support
  • Major hurricane protection system in place
  • Security, fire, medical and environmental systems and permits in place
  • Shared conference rooms and other site amenities
  • An on-site network of suppliers and customers
  • An established shipping & receiving team
  • Transportation infrastructure already in place (deep water port, nearby interstate / air / intermodal)

Hire the best, right away! - Use our highly skilled and available technical workforce

  • External Tank workforce available (2000+ engineers, technicians, craft, project managers, quality inspectors, etc!)
  • Louisiana FastStart Program – Zero cost new employee recruiting & training program from Louisiana Economic Development
  • Training Department and Classrooms for Continued Education
  • Expert Recruiting experience through S3.
  • Technical Subject Matter Experts on site as a shared resource
  • University of New Orleans Educational Programs at MAF
  • 8 private colleges and universities, 16 public colleges and universities and 10 technical colleges in the State of Louisiana


Don’t Let Your Facility - Get in the Way of Your Critical Path

  • Existing infrastructure
  • Bid on new work (leverage large site)
  • Ease of transition from prototype to production
  • Networking / partnering with other companies on site
  • Systems already in place
  • Ability to start small and grow fast
  • Availability to workforce & recruiting


Save Time and Money by Leveraging an Economy of Scale Environment

  • Composites 
  • Friction Stir Welding 
  • Machine Shops 
  • Metrology Laboratory  
  • Material and Processing Laboratory
  • Metallurgical Processing
  • Logistics
  • Thermal Protection Application


Protect Yourself from Major - Impacts to Production Cost and Schedule

Long Term Leasing capability (up to 75 years!)

24/7 Security Services: Protective security measures in place at MAF include physical barriers, security guard personnel, electronic and mechanical detection and monitoring equipment, floodlights, warning signs and labels, and identification badges for personnel and vehicles. The security system at the MAF is utilized to control access to specific portions of the facility, and is divided into three zones.

Protective Services (Security)

  • 24 hour Emergency Dispatch
  • On-base 911 Call Center
  • Federally trained and Certified Armed Security Officers
  • Investigative Services
  • Locksmith

Fire Response Services

  • On site New Orleans Fire Department Engine 45 Fire Station
  • Providing professional, state certified firefighting
  • Supported by City of New Orleans Fire Department
  • Fire alarm response (additional fire personnel and equipment)
  • Hazardous Materials Response Team
  • Confined Space and High Angle Rescue teams
  • Site wide automatic fire detection and fire suppression systems
  • State of the art systems
  • Reporting to central emergency dispatch

Emergency Medical Services

  • Provided by the City of New Orleans
  • Ambulances and paramedics staff
  • State of the art medical care
  • Emergency medical treatment and transport 24/7
  • State certified emergency medical personnel

Occupational Health Clinic Onsite

  • Professional, state accredited staff (physician, nurses, x-ray   technicians and support staff)
  • Providing Occupational Health services M-F
  • Emergency and Non-Emergency Medical Services
  • The MAF has a medical facility located on the first floor of Building 320. Health services provided include pre-employment testing, review of medical history, and physical examinations. Emergency services are also provided to anyone on the facility. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), directed by a licensed professional counselor, provides services by appointment and on an emergency basis. Several innovative programs were developed to help employees cope following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Protection

  • One of MAF’s greatest strengths in the region is the extremely low risk stance that NASA has taken over the past several decades with regard to hurricane protection. It is imperative to the NASA mission that the equipment, infrastructure, and hardware contained in the site’s buildings be protected from catastrophe’s to a degree well beyond the norm, despite the infrequency of major storms in the area (less than one every 12 years on average). This is the reason that MAF includes an independent pump station, fire brigade, on site ambulance service, and security force on site.
  • Although the current system was successfully proven during Hurricane Katrina, the worst disaster in our nation’s history, NASA’s low risk mentality has brought additional federal funding (approximately $178 million). The levees have been raised an additional 2 to 3 feet. The pump system has been upgraded, and a redundant system was constructed in the Fall 2011. Even the roofing on site has been replaced on all of the buildings. The Army Corps of Engineers is also reaching the end of the largest design build project they have ever conducted – creating a new barrier that runs in parallel to our own raised levee and renders our levees virtually unnecessary except as a back-up system.