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TGIF! Welcome the weekend with a roundup of the week’s top stories in hiring, engineering, and aerospace including the latest news on record US manufacturing output.
While Elon Musk serves as Tesla’s visionary showman, the automaker’s co-founder and CTO J.B. Straubel quietly played the part of Woz to Musk’s Jobs. Now after 16 years with the company, Straubel announced he is stepping down from his current position and will transition to an advisory role.
Reports on the death of manufacturing in America are greatly exaggerated, in fact, the industry is counting more stacks than ever. Manufacturers produced a record $2.3852 trillion worth of goods in Q1 2019, 11.3% of real GDP. The industry reported 509,00 job openings in May, an all-time high.
A newly discovered glitch in the troubled 737 MAX has spurred Boeing to redesign the software architecture so that it reads data from both flight-control computers simultaneously. With the fix, Boeing hopes to get the MAX recertified and avoid a production halt that could impact 10,000 737 assembly workers.
Once again, America ranks #1 in aerospace manufacturing attractiveness according to an annual report by PwC. Canada and Singapore repeat in second and third place. State rankings crown Washington at the top, with Georgia and California trailing. Factors including cost, labor, infrastructure, and tax policy contribute to the rankings.