Vitoria-Gasteiz (Alava), Spain – Aernnova has recently completed the acquisition of Structural Integrity Engineering (SIE), an aircraft engineering company headquartered in Chatsworth (California) with regional offices in Seattle (Washington) and Madrid (Spain).

With this acquisition, Aernnova reinforces its growth strategy in North America and adds engineering and certification expertise that complements its aeronautical engineering division and DOA services.

Mr. Iñaki López Gandásegui, Chairman & CEO of Aernnova, said “We are proud to announce SIE as the newest member of the Aernnova family of aerospace firms. SIE’s reputation for the highest quality FAA certification expertise, structural design & engineering, analysis, and systems integration skills will fit well in our North American growth plans. “

Dr. Matt Creager, who will continue as SIE’s President, said “We are honored to have secured the confidence of Aernnova’s management based on SIE’s strong reputation for engineering in structures and systems integration and our track record in delivering quality for our customers. We look forward to working as part of Aernnova’s international engineering and manufacturing team to deliver high quality solutions for our customers.”

  • Inmarsat launches its 3rd Technology Development Programme at New Scientist Live in London with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake

London, UK | September 22, 2016– A career in the rapidly expanding space industry is not just about launching and flying spacecraft according to Inmarsat, a world leader in mobile satellite communications. Announcing the company’s search for its next generation of ‘space pioneers’, the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Michele Franci, emphasised that to remain a global leader, Inmarsat is focused on attracting world-class engineering talent.

Inmarsat’s third ‘Technology Development Programme’ (TDP), which was launched today at New Scientist Live in London with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake and graduates from Inmarsat’s second TDP programme, is designed to start the space engineering careers of five STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) graduates.

The winning candidates, selected from UK and European universities, will have the opportunity to undertake a two-year placement with Inmarsat and the offer of a permanent position on the successful completion of the programme.

“We are looking for our next generation of engineers; STEM graduates who can help us pioneer in the rapidly evolving world of mobile satellite communications,” said Michele Franci, CTO of Inmarsat. “In return, we provide the opportunity for the successful candidates to contribute to real space engineering programmes and to establish themselves alongside some of the leading engineers in the field of satellite communications.”

Applications for the 2017-2018 programme were officially opened at New Scientist Live in the presence of Tim Peake and will close on 31st January 2017. The successful applicants will join Inmarsat for their two-year placement in September 2017.

Those who join the programme will have the opportunity to work across a range of specialised teams at Inmarsat, including space system development, system architecture and strategy, service and network engineering, spectrum optimisation, cloud virtualisation and satellite operations. Predominantly based in London ay Inmarsat’s global headquarters, the role also offers opportunities to work in the company’s offices in the US and Europe.

Interested applicants – who will need a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject; with engineering highly desired – should visit www.inmarsat.com/technology-development-programme, where they will find a logic challenge, the solving of which forms the part of the application process. The candidate’s answers, CV and covering letter should be sent to: development.programme@inmarsat.com

First generation Inmarsat TDP graduate

Part of Inmarsat’s first generation of TDP graduates, Guillaume Marrakchi, described his experiences as part of the programme in a new blog.

I was one of the lucky five young graduates who joined the first generation Technology Development Programme (TDP) in 2015.

So far, the TDP has given me the opportunity to work on challenging and fascinating projects at the forefront of space telecommunications, ranging from future space systems engineering to advance predictive traffic modelling simulations.

This was something I could only imagine doing as an aerospace engineering student back in university in Toulouse. Whilst there, I remember reading about the ‘new space era’ and about this thriving thirst for innovation in the space industry, especially in the domain of telecommunications. Now after only a year of rotations within Inmarsat, I definitely see this company as an exciting place to start a career and take an active part in this new era.

Guillaume’s full blog can be found at www.inmarsat.com/blog/working-at-the-forefront-of-space-telecommunications.

  • Six-year offer includes above-market compensation
  • Expanded workforce stability protections
  • Transition benefit to new retirement program
  • Modest increases in employee contributions for market-leading health care, new options

Seattle, WA | January 13, 2016– Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) today announced a tentative agreement on a new six-year contract extension, following several weeks of discussions.

SPEEA’s Executive Board and Bargaining Unit Councils have endorsed the offer, which will be put up for a vote by the membership from Jan. 27 to Feb. 10, 2016 via mail-in ballots.

Under the tentative agreement, Boeing would continue to provide SPEEA-represented employees with above-market compensation for their skills.

“This tentative agreement recognizes the significant contributions of our engineering and technical workforce and reinforces Boeing’s commitment to the Puget Sound region,” said Boeing Vice Chairman and Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “As our competitive environment gets tougher, ratification will enable Boeing to be more competitive in today’s and tomorrow’s commercial and defense markets, while helping ensure stability for Boeing’s future as our employees strive to deliver superior products and services to our customers.”

Boeing and SPEEA have a mutual interest in maintaining a stable Puget Sound workforce. The tentative agreement includes a commitment to limit layoffs due to work movement, should it become necessary. If work is moved outside Puget Sound, Boeing will exercise all reasonable efforts to offer affected employees comparable positions in the SPEEA bargaining unit.

If Boeing determines that relocation of work is necessary, the company will conduct a redeployment evaluation period for no less than 120 days before any represented employee is laid off. Following that, if a position is not available after the evaluation period, an employee would be offered an enhanced layoff benefit providing two weeks of pay for every full year of service, up to a maximum of 60 weeks (minimum of 26 weeks) payable as a lump sum. Affected employees would also receive six months of continued medical and dental coverage.

For SPEEA-represented employees hired before March 2013, a new retirement savings program is proposed that will replace the traditional pension, which will be modified on Dec. 31, 2018. The new retirement program would include a new Special Company Retirement Contribution and enhanced 401(k) transition contributions. All other employees represented by the union already participate in a new retirement savings program.

SPEEA health care contributions have not changed since 2008, while health care costs for other Boeing employees and employees across all industries have increased. Boeing continues to pay more than 85 percent of all employee health care costs.

Under the tentative agreement, employees would see modest increases in cost sharing for participation in the company’s market-leading health care plans in addition to having continued access to a zero contribution health care plan. The tentative agreement includes access to Boeing’s Preferred Partnership health plan in Puget Sound, which provides additional savings to employees.

The current SPEEA contract expiring in October 2016 covers about 14,000 professional engineers and 6,500 technical workers.