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Joseph E. Young

Joseph E. Young

Mechanic
Everett, Washington

"As a mechanic and now a team lead, my passion is leading and mentoring teams—and working on airplanes. But I also love working on cars! I started working on cars in my dad’s engine rebuild shop when I was only 13 years old. Seeking more financial security, I started working at Boeing nearly 25 years ago.

Working on cars and airplanes has a lot of similarities. And while it requires a mechanical aptitude, it’s often the teamwork that brings the most rewards. I’ve worked regularly on the 777 since the very first airplane. I’ve touched every system from wing tip to wing tip and from nose to tail."

Melanie Willis

Melanie Willis

777 Final Assembly Manufacturing Initiatives Leader
Everett, Washington

"I manage projects that help us reduce waste in the system. These include everything from physically transforming space in our factory to reducing traveled work (work that is passed from shop to shop) and quality defects. Most important, I am the initiative leader for 777 final assembly flow reduction—a project I'm most excited about. Flow is the number of days we spend building an airplane from start to finish. The 777 is at its highest production rate ever—8.3 airplanes per month. So reducing flow is essential to meeting customer demand.

I feel privileged to work in this role and to manage projects that will benefit the program and extend the 777's legacy. It's been a great learning experience; I have a front seat as we're making history. And I can't think of a more challenging and rewarding work environment."

A.J. Wilson

A.J. Wilson

F/A-18 Flight Mechanic
St. Louis, Missouri

"Nothing like the roar of those engines. I'm responsible for those engines. So I have hands-on experience getting every one of those fighters into the air. When you watch one take off for the first time, knowing that you had a hand in the work, there is a satisfaction that is hard to explain. It’s important to Boeing, but it’s also important for our country. These planes are necessary. They make it safer for our pilots, for our military on the ground and for our country overall."

Chris Wang

Chris Wang

737 Engine Mechanic
Renton, Washington

"I love that I'm working on the engine, a vital part of the airplane. We prepare the 737 engine for the airplane. It comes to us from GE and we install all the Boeing parts before the engine gets attached to the wing-hydraulic plumbing, exhaust nozzles and fuel lines. I love the flow and seeing the airplane in progress. I get to see most aspects of the build process, from the airplane fuselage coming off the train, to the airplane rolling out the door. We do four engines a day, every day.

But I'm also the shop's foreign object debris (FOD) and tool lead, and I help keep my shop compliant with Boeing standards. Any item—metal shavings, a rag or a tool—can end up as FOD and potentially damage the airplane. I have talked with the other mechanics about ways to make their jobs easier and better using items such as special FOD trays, or making trays to shadow their tools while working on the engine and being able to place those directly in the toolbox at the end of the day. To me, it's all about pride in my job, pride in what I do and personal responsibility. When I see a 737 fly overhead, I love that I had something to do with that."

Daniel L. Johnson

Daniel L. Johnson

Moonshine Shop, Prototyping, Mechanic
Renton, Washington

"I was a mechanic before I joined the Moonshine Shop, and so are most of the others on our team. It’s an advantage when we talk with mechanics about improvements. They know we understand what they’re talking about because of our experience. Anytime I walk through the factory, somebody will grab me and ask if we can help with an installation problem, training aids or safety, or ask for help in figuring out how to reduce defects or make the job easier to perform.

No matter what projects we work on, we try to come up with different ideas. We’ve been through a lot of training to learn to think outside the box. When we attend improvement workshops, we challenge others to come up with ideas as well. We know there’s got to be another way, or three or four or 10 different ways. We want the best way. And we want to help them find that way. Basically, if there are things that the people on the floor need, whether it’s help with a design or redesign of a tool or if they just have an idea that will help them do their job better, we can help.

For us, it’s worth all the work when we see the mechanics, with smiles on their faces, using what we’ve built for them."

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