What’s it worth –
members’ perspective

Shown here are SPEEA members at a recent class on Root Cause Analysis, offered by Ed Wells Partnership. From left, Jennifer MacKay, subject matter expert/instructor,
and Steve Rottler, one of the students in
the class.
“It may feel like you’re too busy. Until you get here, you don’t know. But it’s well worth the time – because when you get back to the job, you have a wider base of knowledge to pull from – this is one of the best venues for learning across the entire company.”

Aaron O’Connor
early career
“The classes give me a lot of ideas – especially this one (root cause analysis) where we’re sharing not only fundamentals but also different approaches. It’s definitely a valuable asset.”

Steve Rottler,
I think in my career, I wanted to continue to learn and grow until the day I retire and the only way is through continued education. One of the most convenient and effective ways (to continue my education) is through Ed Wells.”

Jennifer MacKay,
What’s new this year
for Ed Wells training?

New technical classes

  • Airplane Subsonic Wind Tunnel Testing
    and Aero Design
  • Applications of Control Theory
  • Introduction to the Jet Propulsion
    System Used in Commercial Aviation
  • Primary Flight Controls System Design
  • Airplanes 101
  • Understanding Airplanes
  • Manufacturing Engineering Exposure Program (MEEP) – EO and 737 Single Aisle
  • Introduction to robotics at Boeing
  • Composite Defects, Wrinkles and Porosity
  • Finite Element Modeling of Composites: Crash and Impact Events
  • Optomechanical Engineering
  • Applied Loads and Dynamics
  • Modernization and Reuse of Legacy Software
  • Secure Coding Practices for JAVA
  • Software Certification (Software Engineering)
  • Intermediate Level Systems Thinking
    Aided by Simulation
  • Systems Engineering – Advanced

New professional classes

  • Conflict Resolution Strategies
  • The Art of Presenting You
  • Innovation: Moving from Concept to Action
  • Leadership is Achieving Results Through Influence
  • Get Control! Of Presentations
  • Get Control! Of Time Management
  • Unhook from Overwhelm, Step into Ease
Ed Wells - Boeing Intranet

In your SPEEA Prof/Tech contract

Grow your career with Ed Wells Partnership  

A capacity crowd attended a class on composites, shown here, at the Ed Wells office in Renton on a recent Saturday. Ed Wells is offering more off-hours classes for technical and professional development.

Ed Wells Partnership offers hundreds of ways for SPEEA-represented Profs and Techs to enhance technical and professional development skills.

This is a negotiated contract benefit (Article 20) and provides discretionary training on topics ranging from ‘Aircraft Structural Analysis’ to ‘Crucial Skills of Effective Leaders.’

You can take classes on-hours or off (evenings or Saturdays) as well as participate in online learning via broadcasts, for example, or virtual book clubs. Ed Wells also offers extensive career planning resources, including coaching and consulting.

More than 550 learning opportunities await you if you’re a SPEEA-represented Prof or Tech in the Puget Sound, Oregon, Utah or California.

To find out more, go to the website on the Boeing intranet at

Good to know about Ed Wells Partnership

  • First-time users get top priority for classes with waiting lists

  • No limit on number of courses, BENs, book clubs

  • Course catalog is online (Boeing intranet only) at:

Most links are inside Boeing Fire Wall - Access from Boeing Computer

 Interested in a technical conference?

Watch and learn from
Ed Wells broadcasts

Interested in emerging technology, Boeing history or proven ways to enhance your career? Check out the Ed Wells programs for the Boeing Education Network (BEN) which are available live and on demand after the broadcasts. See the biweekly email from Ed Wells listing upcoming topics. Of the more than 7,500 SPEEA-represented viewers in 2014, the following were the most-watched Ed Wells BENS.

Top BEN broadcasts:

  • Technical Skills – 777X Wing
    Automation Line

  • Professional Skills – Developing Your Brand –the Art of Presenting You

  • The Big Picture – The History
    of Boeing Model 307 Aircraft

Regardless of where you’re at in your career, going
to a technical conference can add value. Ed Wells Partnership can help you get there.

Keep in mind:

  • Ed Wells Partnership covers event
    registration and travel expenses

  • Your manager approves your
    attendance and time

  • Report required to be shared through
    Ed Wells website

  • Application on the Boeing intranet at

  • Applications accepted quarterly – check website for due dates
  • Limit on technical conference grants - one every
    three years for Puget Sound, one every two years for Oregon, California and Utah.

 Job and career help available at Ed Wells Partnership

Ed Wells Partnership offers a number of opportunities to help with career planning and transition resources. Want to learn more? Go to

Coaching/Consulting – Whether you’re looking for consulting (short-term) or coaching (long-term), you will be strategizing with some of Boeing’s subject matter experts and certified coaches specializing in technical/engineering career guidance.

Upcoming job-search classes – Choose from a number of topics related to resumes and interviews, including “Winning Resumes” and “Job Interview Rules of the Road and Dress Code Options." 

Related broadcasts – Available on demand, you can watch the Ed Wells Boeing Education Network (BEN) broadcasts any time. Topics include: “Careers at Boeing: Navigating a Path with the Right People, Tools, and a Plan,” and “Reinventing Yourself in Challenging Times.”

Career vectors – These tools, available as PDFs, include career guidance and exercises specifically designed for engineering and technical employees.  

WARN resources – In addition to the other learning opportunities offered through Ed Wells for career transition, look on the Ed Wells website for a special section called WARN Notice Resources. This
includes links to ‘Transition Resources’ and ‘Self Help,’ in addition to links to external job boards.  

 For SPEEA-represented pilots/instructors

Are you a SPEEA-represented pilot or flight instructor? You are welcome to apply for Ed Wells classes but you will receive a message that states you are ‘non-SPEEA.’ This is due to the registration software. If you receive a confirmation email, you are registered. Classroom training capacity is limited – priority is given to Profs and Techs. Online learning opportunities offered by Ed Wells do not require registration.


If you have questions or problems registering, send an email to: