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AIRCRAFT MANUFACTURING EXPEDITOR, IN-DEPTH: Expeditor As Everyone's Problem Solver

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George, an expeditor for The Boeing Company, describes the challenges of his job, what he likes most, his key decisions, how difficult getting into the industry is, and work-life balance. His favorite part of his job? Figuring out solutions to problems that people can't do themselves.

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
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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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<span m='19410'>mechanic,</span> <span m='20690'>the</span> <span m='20810'>engineer,</span> <span m='22440'>the</span> <span m='24720'>publications</span> <span m='25530'>person,</span> <span m='25960'>if</span> <span m='26040'>they</span> <span m='26180'>can</span> <span m='26310'>do</span> <span m='26440'>it</span> <span m='26530'>themselves,</span> <span m='27100'>they</span> <span m='27230'>would</span> <span m='27640'>usually</span> <span m='28000'>do</span> <span m='28140'>it</span> <span m='28210'>themselves.</span> <span m='28660'>When</span> <span m='28790'>they</span> <span m='28930'>can't,</span> <span m='29360'>they</span> <span m='29430'>ask</span> <span m='29730'>for</span> <span m='29850'>help.</span> <span m='30240'>And</span> <span m='30440'>usually</span> <span m='31980'>it</span> <span m='32049'>involves</span> <span m='32479'>an</span> <span m='32580'>expediter</span> <span m='33650'>trying</span> <span m='34000'>to</span> <span m='34080'>run</span> <span m='34320'>around,</span> <span m='35200'>figuring</span> <span m='35740'>out</span> <span m='36590'>how</span> <span m='36930'>to</span> <span m='37020'>resolve</span> <span m='38120'>the</span> <span m='38220'>situation.</span> </p><p><span m='40140'>What</span> <span m='40370'>are</span> <span m='40580'>its</span> <span m='40770'>challenges?</span> <span m='42160'>Challenges</span> <span m='42810'>to</span> <span m='43090'>my</span> <span m='43380'>job</span> <span m='43760'>would</span> <span m='43890'>be</span> <span m='44900'>getting</span> <span m='45180'>along</span> <span m='45540'>with</span> <span m='45690'>everybody</span> <span m='46450'>and</span> <span m='46900'>the</span> <span m='47120'>diverse</span> <span m='47720'>personalities</span> <span m='49670'>in</span> <span m='49830'>the</span> <span m='50020'>industry.</span> </p><p><span m='52130'>What</span> <span m='52240'>are</span> <span m='52450'>some</span> <span m='52750'>of</span> <span m='52810'>the</span> <span m='52970'>key</span> <span m='53320'>decisions</span> <span m='53940'>you</span> <span m='54090'>made</span> <span m='54440'>in</span> <span m='54550'>your</span> <span m='54710'>career</span> <span m='55130'>that</span> <span m='55310'>led</span> <span m='55700'>you</span> <span m='56180'>to</span> <span m='56380'>where</span> <span m='56910'>you</span> <span m='57250'>are</span> <span m='57590'>today?</span> <span m='59250'>Some</span> <span m='59660'>of</span> <span m='59720'>the</span> <span m='59880'>key</span> <span m='60330'>decisions</span> <span m='61850'>I</span> <span m='62280'>made</span> <span m='65710'>were</span> <span m='66130'>to</span> <span m='66240'>go</span> <span m='69100'>from</span> <span m='69390'>high</span> <span m='69600'>school</span> <span m='70150'>into</span> <span m='70460'>the</span> <span m='70620'>Air</span> <span m='70770'>Force</span> <span m='71180'>for a</span> <span m='71550'>career,</span> <span m='72500'>or</span> <span m='73513'>a</span> <span m='74340'>technical</span> <span m='74890'>career</span> <span m='75720'>to</span> <span m='75910'>get</span> <span m='76240'>trained</span> <span m='76680'>up.</span> <span m='78520'>The</span> <span m='78600'>military</span> <span m='79590'>offers</span> <span m='80510'>a</span> <span m='81070'>pretty</span> <span m='82470'>good,</span> <span m='84341'>to</span> <span m='84790'>where</span> <span m='85440'>you</span> <span m='85600'>get</span> <span m='85740'>a</span> <span m='85780'>place</span> <span m='86120'>to</span> <span m='86160'>stay.</span> </p><p><span m='86650'>They're</span> <span m='86820'>going</span> <span m='86950'>to</span> <span m='87000'>feed</span> <span m='87340'>you.</span> <span m='87440'>They're</span> <span m='87550'>going</span> <span m='87680'>to</span> <span m='87780'>train</span> <span m='88260'>you.</span> <span m='88470'>But</span> <span m='88690'>in</span> <span m='89670'>return,</span> <span m='90890'>you</span> <span m='91110'>have</span> <span m='91400'>to</span> <span m='91510'>give</span> <span m='91800'>over</span> <span m='92510'>part</span> <span m='92780'>of</span> <span m='92870'>your</span> <span m='93020'>life,</span> <span m='93400'>part</span> <span m='93630'>of</span> <span m='93690'>your</span> <span m='93830'>time.</span> <span m='94740'>And</span> <span m='94840'>if</span> <span m='94980'>that's</span> <span m='95220'>enjoyable,</span> <span m='96210'>they</span> <span m='96270'>give</span> <span m='96460'>you</span> <span m='96530'>an</span> <span m='96640'>opportunity</span> <span m='97430'>to</span> <span m='97590'>reenlist</span> <span m='98410'>and</span> <span m='98710'>to</span> <span m='98810'>continue.</span> </p><p><span m='101040'>When</span> <span m='101370'>I</span> <span m='102030'>enlisted,</span> <span m='102790'>you</span> <span m='103240'>could</span> <span m='103420'>do</span> <span m='103610'>20</span> <span m='104040'>years</span> <span m='104440'>in</span> <span m='104530'>the</span> <span m='104600'>military</span> <span m='105260'>and</span> <span m='105620'>retire.</span> <span m='106810'>You</span> <span m='106960'>would</span> <span m='107110'>get</span> <span m='107680'>a</span> <span m='107720'>little</span> <span m='107890'>bit</span> <span m='108050'>of</span> <span m='108170'>a</span> <span m='108230'>pension</span> <span m='109410'>retirement.</span> <span m='111710'>If</span> <span m='111870'>you</span> <span m='111970'>go</span> <span m='112270'>in</span> <span m='112450'>when</span> <span m='112600'>you're</span> <span m='112750'>18,</span> <span m='113360'>you</span> <span m='113460'>get</span> <span m='113660'>to</span> <span m='113750'>retire</span> <span m='114300'>when</span> <span m='114480'>you're</span> <span m='114680'>about</span> <span m='115010'>38,</span> <span m='115550'>40.</span> <span m='116490'>And</span> <span m='116950'>you</span> <span m='117150'>go</span> <span m='117360'>out</span> <span m='117720'>into</span> <span m='117990'>the</span> <span m='118100'>workforce</span> <span m='118940'>and</span> <span m='119330'>get</span> <span m='119500'>another</span> <span m='119870'>little</span> <span m='120230'>part-time</span> <span m='120740'>job.</span> <span m='121160'>So</span> <span m='121680'>you're</span> <span m='121800'>generically</span> <span m='122360'>getting</span> <span m='122680'>two</span> <span m='122890'>paychecks,</span> <span m='123640'>and</span> <span m='124040'>you</span> <span m='124190'>should</span> <span m='124450'>be</span> <span m='124620'>able</span> <span m='124900'>to</span> <span m='125940'>survive</span> <span m='126560'>without</span> <span m='126910'>any</span> <span m='127080'>problem</span> <span m='127570'>there.</span> <span m='129050'>But</span> <span m='129669'>the</span> <span m='129750'>decisions</span> <span m='130180'>I</span> <span m='130340'>made</span> <span m='130509'>were</span> <span m='130720'>to</span> <span m='130830'>get</span> <span m='131020'>out</span> <span m='131230'>of</span> <span m='131270'>the</span> <span m='131420'>Air</span> <span m='131550'>Force</span> <span m='132280'>and</span> <span m='132490'>go</span> <span m='132670'>into</span> <span m='132840'>the</span> <span m='132950'>civilian</span> <span m='134740'>field</span> <span m='135200'>of</span> <span m='136410'>aerospace.</span> </p><p><span m='138320'>How</span> <span m='138490'>difficult</span> <span m='139000'>is</span> <span m='139140'>it</span> <span m='139270'>to</span> <span m='139360'>get</span> <span m='139540'>a</span> <span m='139660'>job</span> <span m='140280'>in</span> <span m='140540'>my</span> <span m='140730'>industry,</span> <span m='141430'>in the</span> <span m='141620'>aerospace</span> <span m='142120'>industry?</span> <span m='144630'>It</span> <span m='144810'>depends</span> <span m='145340'>on</span> <span m='145470'>what</span> <span m='145820'>state</span> <span m='146780'>you're</span> <span m='146950'>located</span> <span m='147550'>in.</span> <span m='149470'>But</span> <span m='150410'>it's</span> <span m='150790'>not</span> <span m='151220'>that</span> <span m='151650'>difficult.</span> <span m='152970'>If</span> <span m='153330'>the</span> <span m='153710'>economy</span> <span m='154450'>is</span> <span m='154720'>up</span> <span m='154930'>and</span> <span m='155090'>booming,</span> <span m='156850'>the</span> <span m='157240'>aerospace</span> <span m='157850'>industry</span> <span m='158360'>is</span> <span m='158520'>up</span> <span m='158660'>and</span> <span m='159020'>booming.</span> <span m='159500'>If</span> <span m='159720'>the</span> <span m='159860'>economy</span> <span m='160330'>is</span> <span m='160510'>not,</span> <span m='161220'>obviously</span> <span m='162570'>businesses</span> <span m='163240'>are</span> <span m='163340'>not.</span> </p><p><span m='164540'>What</span> <span m='164700'>is</span> <span m='164800'>your</span> <span m='164940'>work/life</span> <span m='165630'>balance</span> <span m='166280'>like?</span> <span m='168040'>I</span> <span m='168160'>enjoyed</span> <span m='168630'>my</span> <span m='168820'>job</span> <span m='169430'>because</span> <span m='169780'>it</span> <span m='169880'>was</span> <span m='170050'>an</span> <span m='170150'>eight-hour</span> <span m='170590'>job.</span> <span m='171340'>Unfortunately,</span> <span m='172250'>for</span> <span m='172420'>management</span> <span m='172770'>and</span> <span m='173120'>salary,</span> <span m='174020'>it's</span> <span m='174220'>more</span> <span m='174440'>than</span> <span m='174610'>an</span> <span m='174740'>eight-hour</span> <span m='175200'>job,</span> <span m='175520'>because</span> <span m='178250'>most</span> <span m='178650'>companies</span> <span m='179440'>expect</span> <span m='180200'>the</span> <span m='180360'>salary</span> <span m='180665'>or</span> <span m='180970'>management</span> <span m='182580'>workers</span> <span m='183700'>to</span> <span m='183910'>not</span> <span m='184150'>just</span> <span m='184780'>devote</span> <span m='185270'>eight</span> <span m='185510'>hours</span> <span m='186050'>of</span> <span m='186240'>their</span> <span m='186400'>day</span> <span m='187180'>but</span> <span m='188030'>it's</span> <span m='188400'>part</span> <span m='188760'>of</span> <span m='188850'>their</span> <span m='189030'>life.</span> <span m='190100'>And</span> <span m='190660'>you</span> <span m='191050'>really</span> <span m='191320'>want</span> <span m='191540'>to</span> <span m='191580'>get</span> <span m='191750'>involved</span> <span m='192290'>in</span> <span m='192450'>an</span> <span m='192920'>industry</span> <span m='194000'>that,</span> <span m='194800'>if</span> <span m='194970'>you're</span> <span m='195150'>going</span> <span m='195440'>to</span> <span m='195560'>devote</span> <span m='196060'>so</span> <span m='196550'>much</span> <span m='197040'>of</span> <span m='197260'>your</span> <span m='197600'>time</span> <span m='197980'>in</span> <span m='198100'>it,</span> <span m='198670'>you'd</span> <span m='198900'>want</span> <span m='199130'>to</span> <span m='199180'>be</span> <span m='199350'>able</span> <span m='199650'>to</span> <span m='199760'>get</span> <span m='200600'>compensated</span> <span m='201380'>and</span> <span m='201940'>enjoy</span> <span m='202470'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='205110'>Mine</span> <span m='206320'>was</span> <span m='206530'>eight</span> <span m='206700'>hours</span> <span m='207040'>a</span> <span m='207100'>day</span> <span m='207530'>with</span> <span m='207800'>overtime.</span> <span m='208700'>And</span> <span m='209730'>I'd</span> <span m='209990'>come</span> <span m='210200'>home.</span> <span m='211720'>Work</span> <span m='212220'>would</span> <span m='212400'>be</span> <span m='212560'>work,</span> <span m='213420'>and</span> <span m='213640'>home</span> <span m='213990'>would</span> <span m='214120'>be</span> <span m='214250'>home,</span> <span m='215010'>totally</span> <span m='215460'>two</span> <span m='215640'>separate</span> <span m='216880'>situations.</span> <span m='219580'>Thank</span> <span m='219880'>you.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265621,"video_id":"2707987572001","name":"70827146","duration":220907,"thumbnail_url":null}});