Eric Parks, Managing Editor
Several Saints have found employment in the wake of the 737 MAX 8/9 fiasco. Recently, two of Boeing’s new planes have crashed, resulting in the deaths of 346 innocent lives. The plane has since been grounded to fix the angle of attack (AOA) sensor on the aircraft, and many airlines have had to cancel flights.
In a recent report published by The New Republic, it has been revealed that “much of the software on the MAX had been engineered by recent grads of Indian software-coding academies making as little as $9 an hour.” While airplanes are expensive, with the MAX 8 costing over $120 million, Boeing is under constant pressure to cut costs. While their methods to trim the budget have proved to cost the company and the lives of people, it has created a new opportunity for Saint Martin’s students.
Boeing has decided to enter into a formal partnership with Saint Martin’s University to hire engineers and computer scientists. One of the lucky students, Mico Allens, was thrilled about the opportunity. In a recent interview with The Shallot, he stated that,
“They aren’t paying me much, only $12 an hour, but it looks great on a resume and will be a nice part-time job. They are letting me do most of the designing from my dorm room, so I don’t even have to drive to Seattle or Renton or wherever the office is. I just fax them my designs, which seems a little outdated, but so was the previous software on the plane. So whatever.”
Boeing has received public scrutiny for hiring more interns to fix a problem that was created by interns in the first place. A senior Boeing executive responded to these critics in a recent interview, stating that,
“Yeah, they are interns, but that’s okay. I need my Christmas bonus, because this recent dip in sales is hurting the bottom line. I had to take out a second mortgage on my Orlando penthouse, which I visit three times a year. I need that penthouse.”
When asked whether or not these engineers were qualified to lead the design of the new AOA system, he seemed confident.
“Saint Martin’s produces quality engineers, much better than The Evergreen State College. Oh, I forgot to mention. The previous code wasn’t written by Indian software-coding academies, it was written by interns from The Evergreen State College. We were just made aware of that ourselves. The more you know, huh?”
Many passengers are feeling a little unsettled about Boeing’s hiring practices. In a recent interview with The Shallot, Sea-Tac passenger Mary-Ann Finny said,
“I don’t like airplanes. I am nervous every time I get on one. If Boeing doesn’t pay these interns at least $15 per hour, I am going to only fly Delta from now on.”
Delta is transitioning to an all-Airbus fleet and does not have any MAX 8 or 9 aircraft or orders for any at this time. Alaska Airlines, however, had only older models of the Boeing 737 until its recent acquisition of Virgin America, and has an order for several of the MAX 8 and MAX 9 aircraft.