The pace of work on Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner as well as on its 747 and 777 widebodies has created a demand for experienced machinists that Boeing can’t fill immediately in the Puget Sound area.
So the company is seeking volunteers from its Wichita, Kan. plant where work is a bit slack now.
The company is proposing to relocate 60 to 80 experienced machinists for one to three months until the crush of activity is under control at its Everett plant.
The company reportedly has been borrowing mechanics from its 747 and 777 assembly lines to do extra work on it 787.
The 787 is running at least a month behind schedule because subcontractors were unable to finish all work on the major pieces of the plane before shipping them to Everett for final assembly.
That means workers there are having to wire and plumb the first planes instead of just snapping the major pieces together as originally planned.