Managing Director, Boeing Aerostructures Australia
Mike Dickinson is managing director of Boeing Aerostructures Australia (BAA). He is responsible for leading design and manufacturing operations that produce airplane components for the 787 Dreamliner and other Boeing commercial airplanes.
BAA employs more than 1,300 people at the Fishermans Bend site in Melbourne. The Boeing Fabrication business unit’s core capabilities cover research and development, design, test, fabrication and assembly of components using advanced composite materials. Primarily a producer of flight control surfaces, BAA is the sole source supplier of the 787 moveable trailing edge, 737 aileron, 747 moveable leading edge, and 777 cove lip door, elevator and rudder.
Between 2011 and 2013, he was the 787 director of Supplier Management for the Wing & Gear Lifecycle Product Team, where he managed program performance of structures suppliers in Japan, Korea, Austria, Canada, Australia and the United States.
Since 2003, Dickinson has held numerous management positions in the 787 program in a range of disciplines including product and technology development, manufacturing, quality and supplier management. His roles included 787 director of Supplier Management for Boeing in Israel and director of the 787 Production Integration Center, where he developed an integrated, real-time operations center for the 787 Dreamliner global production system to monitor the worldwide team of 787 partners.
Before joining the 787 program, Dickinson held management positions with the Engineering, Manufacturing and Technology Development organizations on the 767, 757 and Sonic Cruiser airplane programs. He was a tool design engineer during the start-up of the 777 program in Japan and on the B-2 bomber program, A6 re-wing and other restricted military programs. Dickinson graduated from the Oregon Institute of Technology with two Bachelor of Science degrees in mechanical engineering technology and industrial management. He later received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.