“Don't let anyone tell you that you can't make a comfortable living with a manufacturing job. Learn as much about your trade as you can, and always ask questions and don't be afraid to admit you don't know something because that's how you learn,” is the advice Kent Howard, a Boeing maintenance technician in Equipment Services in Everett has for potential interns.
He attended Everett Community College and the career counselors there made him aware of a Boeing internship. He interviewed and was hired as an intern in the summer of 2017. His education and training, which earned him an associate’s degree in Mechatronics Maintenance, prepared him for his current role.
“I was originally going to college to get a biology degree and I did a lot of soul searching and thought, I don’t really know where this will take me in life or if it will be satisfying,” said Howard. “I did some research on what industries were in demand and that’s how I found out about the mechatronics program and that was more up my alley.”
He works on various equipment used in the factory. His favorite thing about what he does is “…working on one-of-a-kind pieces of equipment that only a handful of people know how to fix and then helping production make their lives easier – building positive relationships so that we can help each other out,” he added.
His advice to others considering internships and careers in manufacturing, “It’s extremely satisfying knowing that you’re helping make airplanes. I would tell students to ask questions and really involve yourself in your education. Take control of your future and your destiny!”
For more information on the community and technical college manufacturing programs that Boeing partners with, visit this website.
By Catherine Rudolph/Eric Olson