(KUTV) -- Dozens of Utah's leading companies met on Monday morning for the fourth annual Aerospace Day on the Hill.
People demonstrated their most recent work and discussed ways to increase safety on the ground and in the air.
Representatives from the Salt Lake City International Airport, Boeing and many of Utah's colleges presented projects they’re currently engineering. They also had an opportunity to speak with lawmakers about the challenges they’re facing and what could be done this legislative session.
2News spoke with one Lehi father who took his two young boys out of school to participate.
"I brought these guys out to get a sense for what's the future of aviation and aeronautics here in Utah," Jeff Fuhriman said.
Fuhriman said he hoped to see more students at the free, public event. "I talked to the (Utah State University) extension who is also doing some aeronautics after-school programs and I think that that is an essential part of Utah's economy."
"Drones are being used in all different ways," said Fuhriman, who works in the aviation sector. "From farming to law enforcement; people just don't know it yet."
Utah’s aerospace and defense industry provides nearly 32,000 jobs, according to the governor's office.