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Little-known program has a big impact

Professor Hal Rumsey with student Linda Josephson
Professor Hal Rumsey with student Linda Josephson

Fifteen years ago, when the Boeing Company was developing their new 777 airplane, they needed to increase production from three to seven planes per month.

Executives wanted to develop a moving production line as a whole new way of building wide-body airplanes. The plane, with four to five million parts, would be assembled while in motion, similar to automobile assembly lines.

“Everything had to change,” remembers Tad Skrobecki, a manager in the airframe engineering department at Boeing.

Skrobecki, who was then a recent graduate of WSU’s Engineering and Technology Management Program, recalls that he and his team used much of the training they had received in the program to come up with a plan for their part of the new line. » More …