Boeing is celebrating the recent grand opening of its brand new Workforce Readiness Center in Auburn, Washington—the first new building for the site in 25 years. The 71,000 sq. ft. multi-use facility, which began construction in December 2016, is dedicated to training and skills enhancement for Boeing employees working in parts fabrication. Boeing says the building represents “a critical piece supporting the site’s central role in fabricating parts for Boeing aircraft now and into the future.”
The facility will house a wide variety of educational and training programs, running the gamut from topics such as safety and retirement planning to Boeing’s Fabrication Production System (FPS). Mechanics and technicians will be able to receive equipment services training at the site to obtain necessary re-certifications used for Boeing fabrication. The center includes a robotics lab, which will be used to train employees to operate, program and maintain robots. Boeing says approximately 70 robots are used across the Auburn site in manufacturing parts and assemblies. The seven manufacturing business units across the site produce 17,000 parts each day for Boeing’s commercial programs.
Also relocated to the new facility will be the Auburn site’s medical clinic and the headquarters of IAM/Boeing Joint Programs, a collaboration between Boeing and its largest labor union, International Association of Machinists. Focused on improving the health, safety and education of hourly employees, IAM/Boeing Joint Programs will operate apprenticeship programs from the site.
According to Boeing’s Auburn site leader Jack Meehan, the new Workforce Readiness Center embodies a leap into the future. “This represents a significant investment in our employees, and it supports everything we’re doing here to increase our capabilities,” says Meehan.