Implementing the STEM curriculum at an early age is the way to go for Boeing South Carolina, a company executive told the Florence Rotary Club on Monday.
In the nine years of Boeing South Carolina’s existence, it has 7,500 employees, and in five years half of the company’s engineers will be eligible to retire, said Tommy Preston, director of Boeing’s national strategy and government operations.
“We need to get aggressive with getting the next generation involved in advanced manufacturing,” Preston said.
Advanced manufacturing is not aerial mechanics working on planes or men and women painting planes, he said. Advanced manufacturing has changed.
“We have additive manufacturing,” Preston said. “We use 3D printing and animation now.”
He said robots are a big thing within the company, but he emphasized that robots are not taking jobs from humans. Boeing teaches humans how to use the robots to get tasks done.