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AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING EXPEDITOR: The Rewards Of The Finished Product

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George works for Boeing, one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world, as an expeditor. What this means is that he facilitates the process of building the aircraft - essentially, he makes sure that everybody has what they need to get the job done. After the Air Force, George wanted a job that gave the satisfaction of seeing a great finished product, and he found that in the job of the expeditor.

Job Title: Aircraft Manufacturing Expeditor
Employer: The Boeing Company

Job Summary: Aircraft Structure, Surfaces, Rigging, and Systems Assemblers

Job Description

Assemblers and fabricators assemble both finished products and the parts that go into them. They use tools, machines, and their hands to make engines, computers, aircraft, toys, electronic devices, and more. Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, and systems assemblers fit, fasten, and install parts of airplanes, space vehicles, or missiles, such as wings, fuselage, landing gear, rigging and control equipment, or heating and ventilating systems.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

Certification Requirement
Recommended b the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $50,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Outdoor, Remote, Travel, Indoor, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Likes working with hands, Mathematical skills, Strength/stamina, Technical skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Trade/vocational School
Internship
Apprenticeship
High school degree
Associate degree
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m='17010'>I</span> <span m='17120'>do</span> <span m='17930'>as</span> <span m='18160'>an</span> <span m='18260'>expediter?</span> <span m='18800'>An</span> <span m='19050'>expediter</span> <span m='19780'>is</span> <span m='19930'>generally</span> <span m='20450'>a</span> <span m='20520'>glorified</span> <span m='21350'>gopher.</span> <span m='22500'>I</span> <span m='22710'>would</span> <span m='23640'>make</span> <span m='23880'>sure</span> <span m='24130'>that</span> <span m='24300'>everybody</span> <span m='24740'>has</span> <span m='25130'>whatever</span> <span m='25490'>they</span> <span m='25650'>need</span> <span m='26180'>from</span> <span m='27420'>technical</span> <span m='27900'>publications,</span> <span m='28950'>as</span> <span m='29090'>far</span> <span m='29330'>as</span> <span m='29460'>paperwork,</span> <span m='30350'>drawings,</span> <span m='31020'>blueprints,</span> <span m='32330'>tools,</span> <span m='32990'>whatever</span> <span m='33710'>parts</span> <span m='34240'>they</span> <span m='34390'>need</span> <span m='35100'>to</span> <span m='35270'>build</span> <span m='36160'>an</span> <span m='36320'>aircraft.</span> </p><p><span m='38250'>My</span> <span m='38360'>typical</span> <span m='39330'>work</span> <span m='39660'>day</span> <span m='40130'>would</span> <span m='40310'>involve</span> <span m='41020'>interfacing</span> <span m='41850'>with</span> <span m='42070'>at</span> <span m='42320'>least</span> <span m='42740'>a</span> <span m='42820'>dozen</span> <span m='43460'>to</span> <span m='43690'>maybe</span> <span m='44150'>50</span> <span m='44650'>people,</span> <span m='45600'>all</span> <span m='45790'>the</span> <span m='45860'>way</span> <span m='46060'>from</span> <span m='46300'>engineers</span> <span m='47210'>to</span> <span m='47690'>inspectors.</span> </p><p><span m='50250'>What</span> <span m='50600'>was</span> <span m='51040'>your</span> <span m='51290'>career/education</span> <span m='52460'>path?</span> <span m='52780'>My</span> <span m='53110'>original</span> <span m='53590'>career/education</span> <span m='54470'>path</span> <span m='54860'>was</span> <span m='55860'>in</span> <span m='56150'>the Air</span> <span m='56280'>Force</span> <span m='58580'>and</span> <span m='58950'>to</span> <span m='59030'>become</span> <span m='59330'>a</span> <span m='59390'>pilot.</span> <span m='60620'>But</span> <span m='60930'>because</span> <span m='61200'>I</span> <span m='61250'>didn't</span> <span m='61440'>have</span> <span m='61620'>20/20</span> <span m='62250'>vision</span> <span m='62640'>and</span> <span m='62910'>they</span> <span m='63030'>didn't</span> <span m='63230'>have</span> <span m='63570'>the</span> <span m='64250'>technology</span> <span m='64849'>that</span> <span m='65069'>they</span> <span m='65190'>have</span> <span m='65519'>in</span> <span m='65570'>the</span> <span m='65650'>medical</span> <span m='66000'>field</span> <span m='66390'>as</span> <span m='66580'>they</span> <span m='66680'>do</span> <span m='66900'>today,</span> <span m='67960'>I</span> <span m='68220'>didn't</span> <span m='68400'>have</span> <span m='68560'>20/20</span> <span m='69120'>vision,</span> <span m='69480'>so</span> <span m='70040'>we</span> <span m='70660'>weren't</span> <span m='70860'>able</span> <span m='71190'>to</span> <span m='71460'>fly</span> <span m='71750'>planes.</span> <span m='72460'>So</span> <span m='72630'>we</span> <span m='72730'>settled</span> <span m='73090'>for</span> <span m='73530'>an</span> <span m='73620'>electrical,</span> <span m='74210'>mechanical</span> <span m='74660'>field</span> <span m='75170'>and</span> <span m='75340'>got</span> <span m='75560'>trained</span> <span m='75870'>up</span> <span m='76030'>in</span> <span m='76090'>the</span> <span m='76200'>Air</span> <span m='76340'>Force.</span> </p><p><span m='78610'>After</span> <span m='78700'>the</span> <span m='78840'>Air</span> <span m='78950'>Force,</span> <span m='79310'>I</span> <span m='79390'>went</span> <span m='79650'>to</span> <span m='79730'>work</span> <span m='80080'>for</span> <span m='81550'>the</span> <span m='81810'>airplane</span> <span m='82330'>building</span> <span m='82790'>company</span> <span m='84650'>and</span> <span m='87990'>got</span> <span m='88230'>trained</span> <span m='88670'>up</span> <span m='88890'>in</span> <span m='89960'>expediting.</span> </p><p><span m='91590'>What</span> <span m='92000'>motivated</span> <span m='92420'>you</span> <span m='92840'>to take</span> <span m='93260'>this</span> <span m='93480'>job?</span> <span m='94200'>The</span> <span m='94710'>motivation</span> <span m='95500'>to</span> <span m='95610'>take</span> <span m='95840'>the</span> <span m='95910'>job</span> <span m='96250'>was</span> <span m='96920'>doing</span> <span m='97190'>something</span> <span m='97620'>interesting</span> <span m='98250'>every</span> <span m='98470'>day</span> <span m='99400'>with</span> <span m='99720'>people</span> <span m='101080'>and</span> <span m='101350'>building</span> <span m='101840'>something</span> <span m='102250'>that</span> <span m='102430'>you</span> <span m='102690'>thoroughly</span> <span m='103170'>enjoyed,</span> <span m='105770'>building</span> <span m='106100'>something</span> <span m='106390'>with</span> <span m='106520'>your</span> <span m='106640'>hands,</span> <span m='107450'>and</span> <span m='107640'>that</span> <span m='107800'>you</span> <span m='107910'>thoroughly</span> <span m='108400'>enjoyed</span> <span m='109760'>seeing</span> <span m='110260'>the</span> <span m='110410'>end</span> <span m='110570'>result.</span> <span m='112360'>Because</span> <span m='114440'>the</span> <span m='114630'>planes</span> <span m='115050'>that</span> <span m='115180'>we</span> <span m='115330'>build,</span> <span m='118670'>everybody</span> <span m='119080'>gets</span> <span m='119330'>to see</span> <span m='119410'>them.</span> <span m='119910'>And</span> <span m='120140'>at</span> <span m='120290'>the</span> <span m='120360'>same</span> <span m='120650'>time,</span> <span m='120910'>it's</span> <span m='121070'>really</span> <span m='122120'>rewarding</span> <span m='123850'>to see</span> <span m='123980'>a</span> <span m='124436'>successful</span> <span m='125350'>plane</span> <span m='125630'>built,</span> <span m='126690'>take</span> <span m='126990'>off,</span> <span m='127430'>land,</span> <span m='128009'>carry</span> <span m='128389'>people,</span> <span m='128789'>carry</span> <span m='129419'>cargo,</span> <span m='130090'>everything</span> <span m='130509'>else.</span> <span m='131840'>It's</span> <span m='131980'>really</span> <span m='132350'>rewarding.</span> </p><p><span m='133600'>What</span> <span m='133880'>do</span> <span m='133950'>you</span> <span m='134110'>wish</span> <span m='134400'>you</span> <span m='134510'>knew</span> <span m='135110'>when</span> <span m='135310'>you</span> <span m='135420'>started</span> <span m='136110'>your</span> <span m='136320'>career?</span> <span m='137620'>I</span> <span m='137740'>wish</span> <span m='138150'>I</span> <span m='138320'>knew</span> <span m='140190'>how</span> <span m='140530'>big</span> <span m='140930'>businesses</span> <span m='141780'>work.</span> <span m='142630'>I</span> <span m='142730'>wish</span> <span m='143000'>I</span> <span m='143040'>had</span> <span m='143250'>a</span> <span m='143360'>clue,</span> <span m='143790'>a</span> <span m='143850'>better</span> <span m='144150'>clue.</span> <span m='145730'>Unfortunately,</span> <span m='146520'>big</span> <span m='146820'>business,</span> <span m='147600'>they're</span> <span m='148620'>generally</span> <span m='149550'>about</span> <span m='150320'>making</span> <span m='150680'>money.</span> <span m='151470'>And</span> <span m='153790'>one</span> <span m='154350'>of</span> <span m='154440'>the</span> <span m='154550'>things</span> <span m='155070'>that</span> <span m='155210'>I</span> <span m='155270'>wish</span> <span m='155570'>I</span> <span m='155620'>knew</span> <span m='156050'>were</span> <span m='157430'>how</span> <span m='157900'>they</span> <span m='158030'>go</span> <span m='158240'>about</span> <span m='158700'>doing</span> <span m='159040'>their</span> <span m='159200'>business,</span> <span m='160310'>because</span> <span m='160930'>then</span> <span m='161720'>I</span> <span m='161870'>would</span> <span m='162340'>have</span> <span m='163090'>probably</span> <span m='165500'>went</span> <span m='165780'>more</span> <span m='166100'>into</span> <span m='166320'>management</span> <span m='167120'>rather</span> <span m='167540'>than</span> <span m='168810'>blue</span> <span m='169150'>collar</span> <span m='169570'>assembly</span> <span m='170020'>line</span> <span m='170430'>worker.</span> </p><p><span m='172510'>What</span> <span m='172710'>should</span> <span m='173440'>people</span> <span m='173830'>expect</span> <span m='174490'>if</span> <span m='174770'>they</span> <span m='174920'>want</span> <span m='175360'>to</span> <span m='175460'>get</span> <span m='175750'>a</span> <span m='175890'>job</span> <span m='176220'>like</span> <span m='176430'>mine?</span> <span m='177350'>Well,</span> <span m='179410'>it's</span> <span m='179560'>kind</span> <span m='179720'>of</span> <span m='179790'>a</span> <span m='179820'>hard</span> <span m='180070'>question,</span> <span m='180870'>because</span> <span m='182290'>our</span> <span m='182470'>jobs</span> <span m='182860'>are</span> <span m='183170'>generically</span> <span m='183850'>being</span> <span m='184210'>discontinued</span> <span m='185420'>as</span> <span m='185630'>a</span> <span m='185680'>blue</span> <span m='186240'>collar</span> <span m='186580'>worker.</span> <span m='188590'>They're</span> <span m='188780'>going</span> <span m='189210'>to</span> <span m='192140'>cheaper,</span> <span m='193330'>less</span> <span m='193620'>expensive</span> <span m='194570'>modes</span> <span m='195340'>of</span> <span m='196050'>manual</span> <span m='196480'>labor.</span> <span m='197300'>And</span> <span m='198590'>unfortunately,</span> <span m='201110'>we're</span> <span m='201300'>being</span> <span m='202180'>squeezed</span> <span m='202620'>out,</span> <span m='202900'>for</span> <span m='203180'>lack</span> <span m='203450'>of</span> <span m='203580'>a</span> <span m='203630'>better</span> <span m='206700'>word.</span> </p><p><span m='208070'>Any</span> <span m='208290'>advice</span> <span m='208730'>or</span> <span m='208830'>suggestions?</span> <span m='209640'>The</span> <span m='210010'>advice</span> <span m='210400'>I</span> <span m='210470'>could</span> <span m='210700'>get</span> <span m='211460'>or</span> <span m='211730'>I</span> <span m='211820'>would</span> <span m='212060'>give</span> <span m='213050'>for</span> <span m='213570'>working</span> <span m='214010'>at</span> <span m='214150'>the</span> <span m='214310'>airplane</span> <span m='214780'>factory</span> <span m='216280'>is</span> <span m='216950'>if</span> <span m='217170'>you</span> <span m='217560'>start</span> <span m='218070'>off</span> <span m='218310'>on</span> <span m='218400'>the</span> <span m='218480'>bottom,</span> <span m='218840'>don't</span> <span m='219090'>stay</span> <span m='219360'>on</span> <span m='219480'>the</span> <span m='219550'>bottom.</span> <span m='220060'>Continue</span> <span m='220620'>to</span> <span m='220740'>work</span> <span m='221030'>your</span> <span m='221150'>way</span> <span m='221400'>up</span> <span m='221600'>as</span> <span m='221730'>high</span> <span m='222000'>as</span> <span m='222100'>you</span> <span m='222200'>possibly</span> <span m='222730'>can.</span> <span m='224560'>And</span> <span m='224800'>hopefully,</span> <span m='226970'>by</span> <span m='227270'>the</span> <span m='227400'>time</span> <span m='227750'>you</span> <span m='228600'>get</span> <span m='228970'>that</span> <span m='229590'>six-figure</span> <span m='229960'>a</span> <span m='230430'>year</span> <span m='230760'>job</span> <span m='232870'>that</span> <span m='233070'>you're</span> <span m='233260'>able</span> <span m='233580'>to</span> <span m='233870'>have</span> <span m='234520'>your</span> <span m='234760'>time</span> <span m='235260'>in</span> <span m='235570'>the</span> <span m='235700'>company</span> <span m='236130'>to</span> <span m='236300'>retire</span> <span m='237210'>and</span> <span m='237930'>your</span> <span m='238070'>health.</span> <span m='239570'>That's</span> <span m='239850'>one</span> <span m='239990'>of</span> <span m='240040'>the</span> <span m='240110'>main</span> <span m='240380'>things</span> <span m='241090'>in</span> <span m='241630'>any</span> <span m='241930'>job</span> <span m='242250'>that</span> <span m='242420'>you'd</span> <span m='242620'>want</span> <span m='242940'>to</span> <span m='243020'>do</span> <span m='243330'>is</span> <span m='243540'>to</span> <span m='243650'>be</span> <span m='243790'>able</span> <span m='244070'>to</span> <span m='244160'>be</span> <span m='245810'>healthy</span> <span m='247270'>and</span> <span m='248000'>have</span> <span m='248350'>enough</span> <span m='248610'>finances</span> <span m='249570'>to</span> <span m='249760'>support</span> <span m='250220'>you</span> <span m='250530'>and</span> <span m='250660'>your</span> <span m='250760'>family</span> <span m='251680'>and</span> <span m='252500'>obviously</span> <span m='252815'>to</span> <span m='253130'>take</span> <span m='253390'>vacations</span> <span m='253765'>and</span> <span m='254140'>such.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265625,"video_id":"2707975882001","name":"70827147","duration":255552,"thumbnail_url":null}});