Photo: Mechanics such as Mike
Bennett in Everett, Wash., install
components on core engines for
the 777, 767 and 747 programs.
777. Struts, parts that connect the
engines to the wings, roll in on
mobile tool platforms and can be
rotated during assembly similar
to a rotisserie, enabling easier
employee work access. Kits with
pre-assembled parts and neatly
organized tools help employees
work more safely and efficiently.
Bar charts on computer screens
track different jobs in real time.
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In a far corner, massive 777
engines arrive in pairs, wrapped in
blue, vacuum-sealed shipping bags.
They fit snugly into side-by-side
work bays, suspended in air by
extra-strength cables. Mechanics
use scissor lifts, curved ladders and
step stools to access work areas.
They install fire-detection and antiicing
devices, generators, brackets,
ducting, tubing, pumps and wire
bundles. Crew members who prepare
the GE90 for airplane assembly
realize the significance of it all.
“Every once in a while I stand
back and look at the engine and
sigh—it’s impressive,” mechanic
James Fletcher said.
Everett employees currently are
preparing a workspace to accommodate
an even bigger engine,
the GE9X, which will power the