Huntsville, also called “Rocket City USA”, gained recognition during the 60s Space Race and is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in Alabama. It has been featured as #2 of Best Place to Live 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report and has an affordable cost of living, rich history, numerous cultural attractions, and shopping and dining growth in Huntsville’s city center. Huntsville is surrounded by rich history, the Tennessee River, Monte Sano State Park (Spanish for “Mountain of Health”), Flint River, NASA, Redstone Arsenal, the Rocket City Trash Pandas Minor League Baseball team, and Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.

170 JetPlex Blvd   •  Huntsville, AL  •  United States 

What We Do

The Huntsville office team uses creativity and innovation to protect the lives of our Warfighters. This office features state-of-the art capabilities in engineering, welding and machining, fabrication, painting, sewing, composites and chemistry labs to build specialized prototype systems. We are part of the ARA team solving problems of global importance.

Things to Do

Space Centers

The Davidson Center for Space Exploration is a must see, featuring artifacts like the Apollo 16 Command Module and an Apollo 12 moon rock. The mighty Saturn V Rocket is on display at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center (USSRC).

Monte Santo State Park

Monte Sano State Park boasts an expansive 2,140 outdoor acres, where hikers can enjoy 20 miles of trails. It also features 14 paved miles for those who enjoy cycling. In spring those trails are in full bloom with native azaleas.

Tennessee River and Ditto Landing

On the southern edge of the city on the banks of the Tennessee River, Ditto Landing is framed by mountain foothills. Fishing enthusiasts and novices alike enjoy wetting a hook to catch bass, bream, and catfish. Boaters of all types enjoy the marina. Ditto Landing is an ideal spot for water skiing and swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddling, and features over 70 campsites.

If canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding are on your list this, is a guide to over 60 miles of navigable waters on the Flint River, which connects to Tennessee River, compiled by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce:

For camping, hiking, and biking there are great places to choose from such as: Monte Sano State Park, Blevins Gap Nature Preserve, and Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.


Budgeting your Move to Huntsville

Information on the cost of living in Alabama can be found here.

About ARA

Careers at ARA

We offer a collaborative work environment that provides growth opportunities for self-driven, intelligent, and dedicated people who are eager to be a part of motivated teams developing tomorrow’s technology. We value flexibility and autonomy and offer our employee-owners the Freedom to achieve success through our benefit program.

ARA’s Hunstville office is seeking engineers, scientist, technicians, and more to join our team of employee-owners.

To see current openings in Huntsville go to: www.ara.com/careers

Employee-Ownership at ARA

Each of us at ARA, from our technical experts to support staff, are employee-owners. As an 100% employee-owned company, we share a common interest in ARA’s success and we work together for the benefit of all. Through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), the company buys stock on behalf of eligible employees, allowing them to share in the company’s success and save for retirement all at once.

We take pride in our core value Growth and are committed to growing ourselves and our careers, growing the company, and also are proud to contribute to the local economy. 

Company History

ARA was founded in Albuquerque in 1979 with a clear purpose in mind: to create an environment in which highly-skilled professionals can pursue their passions while offering innovative solutions to complex problems of global importance. The purpose and mission upon which ARA was originally founded have remained constant as we chart the course for our future.
To read more about our history go to: www.ara.com/our-history