Headquartered in Chicago, with more than 19,000 employees at locations around the world, Engineering, Operations & Technology (EO&T) ensures Boeing continues its legacy of aerospace leadership and innovation. Under the leadership of John Tracy, Boeing chief technology officer and senior vice president, this unit enhances Boeing's growth and productivity, and its ability to operate efficiently as a global enterprise.
Engineering, Operations & Technology supports Boeing businesses by delivering high-quality technical services in information technology, research and technology, and test and evaluation; integrated enterprise strategies that ensure technology is ready when needed, competitively protected and environmentally progressive; and disciplined and efficient engineering, operations and supplier management support to ensure program success.
Engineering, Operations & Technology comprises nine operating groups and functional areas.
Boeing Research & Technology — BR&T is the advanced, central research and development organization at Boeing. To ensure that technologies are ready when needed, BR&T conducts its own development and works with top government, private and university research centers around the world to find the most innovative and affordable solutions possible.
Boeing Test & Evaluation — BT&E is the central test and evaluation organization within Boeing. The work performed by BT&E validates that Boeing products and services meet the highest standards of quality, reliability and safety. This includes flight testing of all Boeing commercial and military products, aerodynamic wind tunnel testing and laboratory tests. Entities outside Boeing with testing needs can gain access to the company’s world-class laboratory and testing facilities, equipment, engineering and technical expertise by contacting Boeing Technology Services.
Enterprise Technology Strategy — This team manages Boeing strategy for long-term technology planning. The strategy identifies technology requirements to support long-term business needs and determines which critical technologies require Boeing investment. In addition to setting research priorities, the group enables enterprise-wide collaboration and replication of technologies across the company's commercial, military, space and security businesses.
Environment, Health & Safety — EHS develops and implements companywide strategies for continuously enhancing environmental performance and workplace safety. This includes measuring performance, setting improvement goals, ensuring regulatory compliance, and establishing environmental and safety policy.
Information Technology — Information Technology encompasses all forms of technology used to create, transform, store, secure, exchange and use information in its various forms. IT both enables and transforms businesses and products by establishing common systems that will accelerate the transition to a lean, collaborative enterprise.
Intellectual Property Management — IPM manages Boeing's valuable intellectual capital—protecting ideas, specialized knowledge and inventions. Wisely using intellectual property protects Boeing's competitive advantage, enhances the company's ability to innovate and significantly contributes to corporate revenue. IPM manages Boeing's worldwide patent portfolio and operates the Boeing Intellectual Property Licensing Company, which licenses technology, trademarks and copyrights.
Engineering, Operations & Supplier Management Functional Excellence — EO&T is responsible for ensuring technical excellence in engineering, operations and supplier management across Boeing and its global supply chain.
Engineering — EO&T works with Engineering leadership across the enterprise to ensure Boeing delivers world-class engineering solutions with first time quality within budget and on schedule. Boeing's Engineering Excellence approach is committed to increased technical focus and accountability; rapid access to technical expertise throughout the company; improved process usefulness to ensure effectiveness and innovation; and enhanced career development for engineers.
Operations — As the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems, Boeing creates functional discipline by encouraging common metrics and processes, and the replication of best practices in all aspects of production. Its Operations system places a One-Company focus on individual programs, ensuring superior quality, efficiency, safety and environmental stewardship in manufacturing performance.
Supplier Management — A vast, global enterprise requires active management of supply chain partners to maximize customer value, continuously improve quality and productivity, and achieve a sustainable competitive advantage. Boeing's Supplier Management system consciously develops and assists partners effectively, while covering everything from product development, sourcing, production and logistics, as well as the information systems needed to coordinate these activities.