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Robots To Replace Hand Drilling on Boeing 777 Assembly Line in Everett

July 14, 2014


Boeing Everett plant

Robots will be taking over a lot of the drilling work on the 777 line in Everett.

Just got a press release from Boeing that says automation will be replacing the work people do on drilling of fuselage sections at the 777 assembly line in Everett…

Boeing [NYSE: BA] today announced that it is in the final phases of testing and production readiness of a new method for building 777 fuselages as part of its ongoing technology investment strategy.

Known as the Fuselage Automated Upright Build, or FAUB, this Advanced Manufacturing technology improves workplace safety and increases product quality. This technology has been in development by Boeing since 2012.

With this new technology, fuselage sections will be built using automated, guided robots that will fasten the panels of the fuselage together, drilling and filling the more than approximately 60,000 fasteners that are today installed by hand.

FAUB offers numerous benefits including an improvement in employee safety. The nature of the drilling and filling work makes it ideal for an automated solution. More than half of all injuries on the 777 program have occurred during the phase of production that is being automated. In addition, the automated system is expected to reduce build times and improve first-time quality of the build process.

“This is the first time such technology will be used by Boeing to manufacture widebody commercial airplanes and the 777 program is leading the way,” said Elizabeth Lund, vice president and general manager, 777 program and Everett site, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We’re excited to continue improving the production process here and we’re positioning ourselves to begin building 777X airplanes in the future.”

The 777 program has already begun testing FAUB at a facility in Anacortes, Wash. Production readiness preparations are underway and the system will be installed in Everett in a new portion of the main factory that is under construction now. The technology is expected to be implemented in the next few years.

The robotic system, designed for Boeing by KUKA Systems, is the latest in a series of strategic Advanced Manufacturing moves on the 777 program, which have already included new systems for painting wings and other drilling operations.

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Paine Field in Everett, WA Looking For New Airport Director

June 15, 2014


Paine Field in Everett, WA

Paine Field is looking for a new airport director

They posted the job opening last Sunday and over the course of the week Dave Waggoner has let it be known he’s leaving the director’s job at Paine Field in Everett, WA. If you’re thinking of applying, the job pays between $110 – $155 thousand dollars a year. Here’s the description of what the Snohomish County Executive is looking for…

Snohomish County Airport – Paine Field is a major general aviation and industrial airport with a stable and diverse tenant base. Snohomish County is twelve miles north of Seattle, Washington, and is located between the sparkling waters of Puget Sound and the snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains. The quality of life is heavily influenced by the spectacular scenery and the temperate climate that encourages year-round outdoor fun. The county has major urban centers, historic villages, rural retreats and seaside ports. With a population of approximately 730,000, it is one of the largest and fastest growing counties in Washington. Everett is home to Paine Field and is the largest city in the county with a population of over 100,000. 

Paine Field has three runways accommodating aircraft up to a 747, and has Cat 1 ILS, FAR Part 139 certification and full FBO services. Paine Field is served by a FAA Air Traffic Control Tower and has precision and non-precision instrument approaches. The airport is home to the Boeing manufacturing plant for 747, 767, 777, and 787 aircraft, as well as Aviation Technical Services, the largest third-party aircraft inspection and repair facility in North America.

Reporting to the County Executive Director, the Airport Director plans, coordinates, supervises and manages the operation, maintenance and development of the county aviation facility located at Paine Field. There are 50 FTEs plus seasonal employees. The annual operating budget is $18 million/year. Capital budgets vary with projects and have been as large as $50 million/year.

A bachelor’s degree in business or public administration or other field directly related to airport management and 6 years of management experience in aviation or public facilities. Or, any equivalent combination of training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities. 

Snohomish County is an equal opportunity employer. First review: July 13, 2014 (open until filled). To apply online, visit Prothman at click on “Submit Your Application” and follow the directions provided. Application materials will only be accepted electronically via the website. For questions, please call 206-368-0050.



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$15.00 an Hour Road Trip for Healthcare Workers Stops in Everett

June 10, 2014

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$15 hour rally in Everett, WA

After a box lunch from Panera the workers who rode the bus up from Seattle were joined by others in Everett to rally for $15.00 an hour.

At noon today about 55 health care workers who are on a trek across Washington State held a rally in the courtyard next to the Snohomish County Administration Building in downtown Everett. They were joined by State Senator John McCoy. The rally sponsored by SEIU 775 is pushing for all long-term care workers including those who provide home health care to be paid a minimum of $15.00 an hour. The attached press release explains their cause…

A week after the Seattle City Council passed a historically high $15 minimum wage, home care aides and nursing home workers are touring the state to ask state lawmakers for a pathway to a $15 wage.

“If Seattle can do it, Washington can pass a $15 wage for caregivers. We take care of the state’s most vulnerable people and we still live in poverty,” said Anna Rudova, a caregiver from Edmonds and a member of SEIU 775, the caregivers’ union. “Each day I do hard work to help my client live at home with dignity. But until I get paid $15, I won’t feel like I have dignity as a caregiver.”

Home care aides are among the fastest growing professions in the United State. Yet most Washington caregivers earn a $10.50 starting wage. The low wage results in about a third of the state’s 40,000 caregivers living in poverty, according to state statistics.

Although some caregivers in Seattle can expect a $15 wage in seven years – as mandated under the city’s new law – most caregivers in Washington must rely on a state contract to raise wages.

Independent providers of home care, workers who are paid through the Medicaid system, make up the majority of the state’s long-term care workforce. They collectively bargain with the state every two years. The most recent contract, signed by Gov. Inslee in 2013, starts at $10.50. Union members and state labor negotiators began last month to negotiate a new contract.

“We must prepare now for the coming age wave,” Rudova said. “Only when we all start at $15 will we be able to attract enough workers to care for the growing number of seniors.”

One in five Washington residents will be 65 or older by 2030, according to demographic trends. And about 70 percent of people over 65 will require long-term care at some point, studies show.

Home and community-based long-term care costs the state about one-third of institutional care, making investments in home care aides both a way to provide more compassionate care for seniors and people with disabilities and save the state money.

Higher minimum wages also helps fuel local economies. When workers get paid more, they buy more from small businesses, economists say.

The three-day bus tour is scheduled to start in Seattle on Tuesday, June 10, before making stops in Everett and Tri-Cities, and ending in Spokane. About 60 low-wage workers are making the 400-mile trek.

Each stop is featuring a rally and demonstrations of the hard work caregivers perform each day for their clients.

SEIU 775 represents 43,000 long-term care workers in Washington and Montana

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Wanna Be a Bat Boy? Everett Aquasox Job Fair Wednesday

April 8, 2014


Everett Aquasox Frank

The Aquasox annual job fair is Wednesday from 4 – 7

Spring is definitely here. The Seattle Mariners open at home this evening and their Triple A affiliate, the Everett Aquasox are holing their annual job fair tomorrow. Here’s what you need to know…

The Everett AquaSox, minor league affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, are holding a casting call for gameday employment on Wednesday, April 9 from 4-7 PM at the AquaSox front office (3802 Broadway). This is a drop in event, so job seekers are welcome to come in anytime between 4-7 to drop off their application.

To expedite the process on April 9, the AquaSox are encouraging all job seekers to print and fill out a job application in advance. The application can be found at In order to be considered for employment during the 2014 season, you must attend the casting call.

“Our gameday employees are a huge part of the experience that our fans have at the ballpark,” said AquaSox Executive Vice President Tom Backemeyer. “We are excited for the upcoming season, and are looking forward to adding even more great gameday employees to our staff here at Everett Memorial Stadium.”

Job seekers will have the opportunity to fill out an application for part-time gameday positions and learn more about specific job responsibilities for each position. The AquaSox will not be conducting one-on-one interviews at the casting call. Following the casting call, the AquaSox will invite a select number of candidates back to the stadium to interview for open positions.

The AquaSox are looking for part-time “cast members” in the following roles: Frog Squad/promotions team, concessions managers, cooks and hawkers, ushers, ticket office, ticket takers, parking attendants, Fun Zone inflatables area, souvenir store, press box and bat boys. For specific job responsibilities, visit the AquaSox official website at

The ideal candidates must be trustworthy, outgoing, reliable and enthusiastic. All applicants also must be 16 years of age or older by June 11 to work for the AquaSox.

For more information about the casting call, contact the AquaSox front office at 425-258-3673 or Download an AquaSox Day of Game Application Here

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Everett Bikini Businesses Evolving…BBQ Restaurant Now Hiring a Bikini Waitress

March 17, 2014


Bikini drawing

Ever heard of bikini BBQ?

It seems there is no end to Everett, WA businesses finding ways to put bikini in their business plan. A reader sent us the following Craigslist job posting

Bikini waitress for BBQ restaurant (S. Everett )

Looking for partime top on Bikini Waitresses for growing restaurant and lounge. Must be 18 or older. Food handlers license and mast training required to start. Min. wage plus tips to start. Entry position with room to grow. We will train the right people. Get out of the mocha stand, come make some real money. No professionals or working girls please.

The ad shows the business address as 1215 80th street SW and is advertising the job as part time. No business name was given.

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Everett Mayor Says Boeing Wing Plant a “Wealth of Opportunity” For Everett, WA

February 18, 2014


Boeing 777x Wing Center

Pictured here, an overhead view of the Everett site looking south. The area where the new wing center will be built, just north of the factory, is circled.

As expected, the Boeing company announced today that it will build the composite wings for the 777x at the Everett plant. Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson was among the dignitaries speaking at a ceremony at the Everett plant to mark the announcement. Here’s the official Boeing press release:

Boeing (NYSE: BA) today announced the selection of its Everett, Wash., site as the location for a new composite wing center for the 777X program. Boeing evaluated criteria that were designed to find the wing fabrication location that would best support the 777X business plan. The new composite wing center will be located north of the Everett factory and will sustain thousands of Puget Sound area jobs for years to come.

“Locating the new composite wing center in Everett is a win for all of our teammates and partners,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Ray Conner. “This will put our workforce on the cutting edge of composite technology and allow us to build on the infrastructure and logistics system we have in Everett. This decision will strengthen the company’s competitiveness and help it grow for the long term.”

Boeing selected the Everett site for 777X final assembly following the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 751 approval of an eight-year contract extension earlier this year. As part of the contract extension, the company agreed to fabricate the parts for, and assemble, the 777X composite wings in the Puget Sound region. After studying several options, the company determined that the Everett site will meet its business needs for fabrication and assembly.

“This marks the first step in a bricks and mortar commitment by Boeing to build a facility that will be home to the jobs and technology of tomorrow – not in a foreign country or a distant state, but right here in the Pacific Northwest,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger.

The new facility will support fabrication of the 777X composite wings and will be approximately 1 million square feet. Construction on the new facility is scheduled to begin later this year.

Assembly of the composite wings will also take place at the company’s Everett site, with the exact location to be determined in the months ahead.

“Today we gain certainty that Washington will remain the global leader in aerospace for decades to come,” said Washington Governor Jay Inslee. “Thanks to this tremendous investment by Boeing, we know that thousands of talented Washington workers will soon be fabricating the most technologically advanced carbon fiber structure ever developed and the world’s next great commercial airplane, the 777X. The work at this plant also launches Washington into the forefront of advanced composites manufacturing – an industry with exciting growth potential beyond aerospace.”

“Today’s announcement signals the beginning of a new era of aerospace for Everett and Washington state,” said Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson. “The 777X and composite wing technology represent a wealth of opportunity – not just for Boeing and its workers – but also for our entire community. With our history and experienced workforce, Everett has earned its place at the forefront of this next phase of commercial aviation.”

“Thank you to everyone who participated in this process, especially our IAM teammates and elected officials. Together we will carry forward our tradition of aerospace excellence in Washington,” added Conner.

The 777X builds on today’s passenger-preferred, market-leading 777 and offers more market coverage and revenue capability than the competition. First delivery is targeted for 2020.

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Everett Leaders Say Boeing Promises 777x Work Out of Area if Friday Vote is No

December 30, 2013


Boeing 777x

777x image courtesy of Boeing Commercial Airplane Co.

In a news conference that just concluded, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson was joined by the mayors of Kent and Renton, Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, Former Snohomish County Executive Bob Drewel and Port of Everett Commissioner Troy McClelland in urging machinists members to vote yes on Friday to the revised contract proposal by Boeing. The group said they had a meeting with Boeing prior to the press conference and were told that if the vote on Friday is no, then the 777x wing work will definitely not be done in Puget Sound. Bob Drewel stated, “I cannot imagine that if the wing work is done elsewhere than the body won’t also be built in that location.” The leaders all urged machinists to vote yes saying this is about the future of the aerospace economy in not just Everett but the entire Puget Sound Region. You can look at this story for links from both the machinists local and international as well as the Boeing Company on their various positions.

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