Innovative Design and Manufacture in Australia
Nowhere is Boeing’s story of innovation and technological advances in Australia quite as obvious as at Boeing Aerostructures Australia, the country’s only designer and manufacturer of advanced composite aerostructure components for commercial aircraft.
Based at Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend, the company has a long heritage in Australian aviation that began with its legacy companies in 1927 and has included the manufacture of aircraft which served in the Royal Australian Air Force during World War Two.
Today the business designs, tests, certifies and produces world class advanced structures including part of the trailing edge of the most technically advanced commercial aircraft in the world – the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Boeing Aerostructures Australia manufactures the ‘moveable trailing edge’ control surfaces of the 787 using a unique carbon fibre production technology developed in Victoria called resin infusion.
This is Australia’s largest aerospace contract valued at $5 billion over 20 years, and Fishermans Bend is the only Boeing location in the world to apply the unique resin infusion system that enables the components to be cured without a traditional autoclave. Boeing Aerostructures Australia has invested $70 million in site improvements to support 787 production increases over the next decade.
These types of innovations in technology and investments are due to Boeing’s long term view of its business in Australia; its investment in the training and development of its people, and its deep belief in research and development to create the next generation of manufacturing technology.
Manufacturing and R&D Partnership
Boeing Aerostructures Australia worked hand-in-hand with Boeing Research & Technology – Australia to develop this highly valued intellectual property. It requires less infrastructure, labour and energy to produce a composite part and the weight and efficiency savings created using resin-infused composite materials also contribute to increased fuel savings on the aircraft. The co-location of the two organisations are also advancing the company’s application of advanced composite and automation.
In addition to work on the 787 moveable trailing edge, Boeing Aerostructures Australia’s over 800 employees produce flight control surface products such as 737 rudders, winglets and sole source supply for ailerons, as well as 777 cove lip doors, elevators and rudders.
Productivity and Safety is a Priority
LEAN manufacturing systems have long played an important part in manufacturing efficiencies at Fishermans Bend and Boeing Aerostructures Australia see this as an ongoing process of continuous improvement. The company is also strongly committed to Boeing’s global Go4Zero campaign, focused on achieving an injury free workforce, one day at a time.
From Melbourne, all aircraft components are shipped to the United States for final assembly at Boeing’s factories in Charleston, South Carolina and Everett and Renton in Washington State.
Growing Community Ties
Boeing Aerostructures Australia has strong partnerships with the local community, including university partnerships with RMIT University, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Melbourne and community groups including OzHarvest and Mission Australia.
In addition, Boeing Aerostructures Australia also works with Australian suppliers such as Lovitt Technologies Australia, H&H and Marand, along with a range of Melbourne industry groups to support best practice sharing within the Victorian manufacturing industry.
Female Apprenticeship Program
In 2022, Boeing Aerostructures Australia launched a first-in-kind Female Apprenticeship Program. The Program encourages more women into aviation trade roles and seeks to removes barriers faced by women wanting to start a rewarding career in traditionally male-dominated trades. Upon completion of the four year program, apprentices graduate with their Certificate IV Aeroskills (Structures) MEA41318 from Aviation Australia.
Female apprentices will learn how to assemble and install aircraft components, prepare and use aircraft support equipment, and inspect, maintain, and repair aircraft components and systems as part of the program. Apprentices will be supported in various aspects of wellbeing, safety and belonging with a focus on building a culture of inclusiveness. The apprentices will be connected with the Boeing early career network, buddying and formal mentoring with opportunity to build on industry-knowledge through industry networking opportunities.
To find out more information, please email BAAHRFemaleApprentice@exchange.boeing.com or visit https://jobs.boeing.com/