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Boeing opens Engineering Center in Poland

On June 3, 2024, Boeing officially launched a new engineering complex in Poland, significantly expanding its operations in the country. Engineers in Gdańsk, Rzeszów, and Warsaw will focus on structural and production engineering, as well as software and systems engineering, supporting the company’s commercial, defense, and services programs.

The American investment plan assumes creation of several hundred new jobs in Poland, where Boeing already employs over 1,100 people. The Polish engineering offices will support strategic projects undertaken by Boeing. The work will encompass a range of products from the portfolio of commercial aircraft, defense systems, and research and development projects. Additionally, Boeing will create several hundred new jobs in Gdańsk, Rzeszów, and Warsaw.

The ceremony was attended by David L. Calhoun, President of Boeing; Paweł Bejda, Secretary of State in the Ministry of National Defense; Dariusz Wieczorek, Minister of Science; and Linda Hapgood, Vice President of Boeing managing Boeing Engineering Poland & Ukraine / Photo: Jakub Link-Lenczowski, MILMAG.

Interestingly, while speaking at the ceremony, Secretary of State in the Ministry of National Defense, Paweł Bejda, mentioned ongoing discussions between the Ministry of National Defense and Boeing. The ministry is reportedly in talks not only about F-15EX aircraft but also about CH-47 Chinook heavy transport helicopters. The latter could potentially work in conjunction with AH-64E helicopters, supplying them with fuel and ammunition in field conditions.

Boeing’s main engineering office in Rzeszów conducts a range of activities encompassing fields such as mechanical and electrical engineering. It also provides ongoing customer support. The branch in Gdańsk, widely known for software development, specializes in systems and avionics engineering, developing advanced technologies used in almost all Boeing aircraft. Meanwhile, the teams in Warsaw focus on production engineering and materials testing, working closely with the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation.

All three locations provide engineering support as well as solutions for a range of Boeing’s commercial and defense programs.

Boeing is dedicated to building a robust and long-lasting engineering presence in Poland,” said Linda Hapgood, vice president, Boeing Engineering Poland & Ukraine. “The creation of this new entity was a logical step, as Poland not only offers the necessary skills for our engineering work, but is also home to many of our industry, airline, research and academic partners, including the esteemed Łukasiewicz – Institute of Aviation.

The opening of Boeing Engineering Poland announced today is part of the company’s global strategy. Its goal is to effectively utilize Boeing’s resources by creating synergy between existing locations. By identifying the right teams for project execution and engaging the appropriate talents worldwide, the company can develop effectively.

“As a global company, in a global industry, we develop global talent, and we’re committed to attracting the very best people to join our team from across the world,” said Howard McKenzie, Boeing’s chief engineer and vice president of Engineering, Test & Technology. “Our engineering teams in Poland will strengthen Boeing’s efforts to innovate, compete and win by working on a variety of capabilities, including support for current and future aircraft programs.”

Boeing has been present in Poland for 35 years and continuously expands its team. The ongoing investments rely on the exceptionally talented Polish workforce and an excellent university system that educates in various fields. All of this is crucial for both current and future aviation programs.

In addition to its engineering activities, Boeing in Poland has Boeing Defense, Space & Security offices in Warsaw, Boeing Digital Solutions & Analytics in Gdańsk, and a Boeing Distribution Services (BDSI) distribution center in Rzeszów. Boeing actively collaborates with Polish suppliers as well as local universities and research centers, supporting the development of the Polish aviation and space industry.

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