More than 60 students vied for the top honors at this year’s SkillsUSA Washington Aerospace Assembler Competition held recently at Boeing’s Everett plant – marking a fifty percent growth in the number of schools participating. The SkillsUSA event puts students to the test to highlight the assembly skills they have been developing as part of the Core Plus Aerospace curriculum offered in more than 40 high schools across the state. Students also participate in mock interviews and resume reviews with an aim of preparing them for in-demand manufacturing jobs. This year at the event there were workshops on safety offered for teachers.
As part of the event, Boeing’s Safety Dojo opened its doors to help students understand the importance of workplace safety, and how safety, quality and integrity are at the center of all we do. A “dojo” is a place of learning. The Safety Dojo lets people explore innovative solutions for on-the-job injuries and how to prevent them. “Students who participate in this event often become Boeing employees,” said Safety Dojo manager Craig Morgan. “It was a great day for my Dojo team to speak to these students that might one day become our future airplane builders.”
John Turner, a Boeing manager on the Workforce Development team explained the event, “This is the third annual competition Boeing has hosted at the Everett site. We are seeing the next generation of manufacturing talent that we really need – these competitors are incredible and already making a difference.”
And the program is a hit with the students competing, who took home both prizes and bragging rights. Musa Camara of Lynnwood High School agrees, “Boeing is reaching out to younger kids trying to get us to get more interested. It shows that they’re there to help you and they want you to succeed in their company and further yourself and develop.”
Congratulations to this year’s winner is Christopher Wigestrand from Hazen High School!
Winner Christopher Wigestrand of Hazen High School stands with his instructor and CTE Director