The Boeing Co. announced on May 31, 2013 that it will begin to move and spread its commercial aircraft engineering talent and aircraft support staff around the U.S., essentially decentralizing its operations by announcing plans for engineering design and airplane-support centers outside of the Seattle area.
Owtch… if you live in Seattle and work for Boeing.
Boeing is actually headquartered in Chicago, and says it place engineering design centers in Washington state, South Carolina and Southern California.
Oooh. I’ll take Cali. No wait… South Carolina is good… hmm.. so is Washington. Damn… that sounds as good, if not better than Seattle. Rainy Seattle.
So… regardless of the fact that these centers are Boeing centers, Boeing says that each of these three centers will actually compete against each other… vying for new projects based on their to supply skills at the lowest cost – according to company spokesperson Doug Alder.
Oh good. Let the lowest bidder win… which will also mean people doing work TOO quickly with, main concern coming in low and on budget. Carbon is just like carbon-fiber, right?
The company also is setting up a propulsion center in South Carolina that will make nacelles, or engine casings, for the forthcoming 737 MAX jet, due to enter production in 2015, with engines made by CFM, a joint venture of GE Aviation and Safran . On current 737s, United Technologies makes the nacelles.
Final assembly of the 737 MAXJet will still be done at the 737 factory in Renton, Washington, Alder said.
While the move does indeed decentralize and diversify it engineering base, Boeing says this will lower the risk of work stoppages from natural disasters or labor unrest. Yes… workers causing earthquakes has been a major concern in Seattle. (sarcasm)
Boeing already has facilities in California and South Carolina—some and will increase engineering jobs at existing facilities in South Carolina (1,000 engineers) and Southern California (1,20).
The company says that over the next six to nine months, about 300 jobs will shift from the Seattle area.
In a related move, an airplane support center in Southern California that now provides quick access to engineering advice and spare parts for McDonnell Douglas aircraft will grow to cover all out-of-production Boeing aircraft. Boeing acquired McDonnell Douglas in 1997.
Support for production aircraft will continue at centers in Washington state.