Whitney Loubier was born and raised in Fort Myers, Florida, where her family still resides. She attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the Daytona Beach campus where she studied Computer Engineering and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in May 2012. In the summer of 2011, Whitney had an internship with The Boeing Company in IT Architecture in Puget Sound, where she worked on applications for cloud as well as telecommunications. During the internship, she applied and interviewed for an engineering rotational program within Boeing called the Engineering Career Foundation Program (ECFP). She was surprised to hear that she would be moving to the Seattle area to start her career with Boeing in ECFP. Whitney began her first rotation in July 2012 on the KC-46 Tanker program in Electrical Subsystems Exterior Lighting, where she worked with suppliers on requirements and design for the dimming controller of the lights. After 4 months, she moved to the next rotation in IT Electrical Systems Electromagnetic Effects where she was a part of an Agile team developing software for electromagnetic effects tools. Whitney is currently in her third rotation in a Boeing Research and Technology Radio Frequency and Microsystems Phased Array Antenna group, where she is involved in a trade study regarding satellite communications.
Can you explain what the Engineering Career Foundation Program at The Boeing Company entails?
The Engineering Career Foundation Program (ECFP) is a rotational program designed to give young engineers a wide knowledge base of the entire product lifecycle while offering professional and personal development opportunities. It is a 2-year program offered to Boeing interns that apply and interview during their internship the summer before they graduate. ECFP consists of six 4-month rotations that go through each step of the product lifecycle. This includes a rotation in requirements development, product definition, test/hardware support, product support, enterprise support and technology development. Along with our rotations, we each are a part of a program team that we also rotate through every 4 months. These teams include Budget, Professional Development, Community Service, Communications, and Social/Networking. These program teams provide leadership opportunities for participants, as well as other opportunities such as having monthly talks with executives, discovering the different engineering groups at Boeing, going on lab and factory tours, and many others.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
ECFP has been an amazing opportunity that has offered many highlights in my career, but if I were to pick one, I would say my first rotation on the KC-46 Tanker, where I was traveling often to meet with suppliers. I was able work with them on software requirements and LRU design, as well as attend multiple design reviews with not only our suppliers, but also our customer, the U.S. Air Force.
Do you have any advice for students and alumni who are seeking a position with The Boeing Company?
Students who have been interested in Boeing and have attended information sessions have probably heard it many times, but when applying online, it is important to tailor your resume to the position for which you are applying. Look for keywords in the job description and incorporate them into your resume. It takes a good amount of time to apply for each job requisition, but I promise it is worth it!
What are your plans for the future?
I have 3 more rotations to go through in ECFP, and after that I am hoping to be placed in a job in hardware/circuit design with Boeing. I also am planning on going for a Master’s degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering in the near future.