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Michael A. Hopkins
16 E. Evans Way, Aston, PA 19014
Senior-Level Engineering Management
High-performing senior manager with expertise in building/optimizing multi-skill teams, program
management systems, organizational processes, and infrastructure to maximize business results in
engineering and manufacturing environments.
Proven leader who transforms strategic plans into workable solutions and benchmarks performance
against key operational targets/goals – known for rapid and continued customer satisfaction.
Versed in complete value-stream of commercial and military aircraft production; experienced in
engineering, operations, business management, and organizational development.
Areas of Expertise
Engineering Design, Development, Qualification, and Certification (Including Supplier Oversight)
o Structures and Mechanical/Hydraulic Systems Emphasis
Program Management (Integrated Scheduling, Earned Value, Risk Management, Affordability)
People Development (Team Building, Training and Leadership, Career Shaping)
Organizational Design (Process Optimization, Operating Rhythms, Productivity Improvements)
The Boeing Company 1994-Present
Senior Engineering Manager, Philadelphia Design Center Ridley Park, PA
Feb 2010 – Oct 2013, Nov 2014- Present
Senior Manager overseeing multiple, complex work statements through various Commercial and Military
aircraft programs as part of the Boeing Cross-Enterprise Design/Build Team.
Grew Aircraft Systems team from 9 members to 65 through targeted fulfillment of critical, multi-
program work statements on various Boeing programs (primarily 787, but also 737, 767 Tanker,
777, V22 and CH47). Manage $22M annual budget.
Maintain a vast customer and resource network through sound performance, model leadership, and
rapid responsiveness to ever-changing scope and resource requirements.
Oversee accomplishment of multiple work statements and hundreds of engineering releases
throughout the entire aircraft component and structures spectrum.
Deployed action and teams for: 787 battery fire root cause and corrective action, 787 moisture
control redesign, 767-2C wiring installation recovery, and numerous individual equipment-
management recovery roles.
Team Leader, Flight Improvement Team Boeing Flightline, Charleston, SC
October 2013 – October 2014 Special Assignment # 2
Recruited by executive leadership to develop and implement a multi-skill team to reduce pre-delivery
engineering and build issues, enable delivery process for production rate increases, and institute
programmatic controls for continued, turnkey application.
Built a team of engineers, mechanics, supplier managers, quality assurance, and flight operations
from the ground-up to resolve a growing surge of Flightline delivery impediments.
Implemented an operations-quality oversight system to drive downward recurring manufacturing
build issues in Final Assembly – reduced non-conformance count by 50%.
Enacted an engineering component get-well plan which significantly improved low-reliability
component and system performance.
Drove up customer satisfaction by cutting average Flight Squawk count in half and reducing total
flights to delivery by 45% (per plane); trends continuing positively to this day.
Senior Manager, 787-8 Mechanical-Hydraulics Dept Everett, WA
January 2009 – January 2010 Special Assignment # 1
Senior Manager for Boeing Commercial Aircraft overseeing 5 First Level Managers with a total staff of
140 people. Responsible for First Flight and Entry-into-Service Readiness of the Landing Gear, Brakes, and
Mechanical-Hydraulic Systems of the 787 “Dreamliner”.
Technically and programmatically responsible for design, development, qualification, and
certification of the left, center, and right hydraulic systems.
Exhibited rapid integration into the BCA leadership team and exacted precise execution over an
Instituted new program controls, rebuilt supplier relationships, made marked improvements in
employee morale and hence productivity.
Oversaw successful First Flight and Entry-into-Service performance.
First Level Manager, SkyHook HLV Program Advanced Systems, Ridley Park, PA
June 2008 - December 2009
Responsible for design, development, procurement, and production of the developmental SkyHook Airship.
Subordinate systems include the airframe, lighter-than-air dirigible, landing gear, flight deck and crew
accommodation module, cargo handling system, and all dynamic components.
Handled multiple program start-up responsibilities including: institution of standards tools and
processes, baseline development with required developmental activity, supplier procurement plan,
risk management, certification plan, and staffing.
Technically responsible for trade study development and down-select of major aircraft systems.
Created numerous specification documents; from requirements to system integration to supplier
statements of work.
First Level Manager, Payloads/Landing Gear IPT V22 Program, Ridley Park, PA
July 2004 – June 2008
Directly responsible for design, development, procurement, production, and installation of numerous
mission critical and flight-critical components including: landing gear, cargo handling, crew systems,
rescue hoist, and furnishings and equipment.
Successful in establishing new developmental baselines and supplier sourcing efforts for primary
landing gear components including the V22 landing gear components.
Established strong working relationships with numerous landing gear suppliers (Messier-Dowty,
GE-Yakima, Triumph Actuation Systems CT, Goodrich Landing Gear Company).
Solid project manager with sound EVM skills as witnessed by successful baselining, monitoring,
and mitigation of numerous, complex technical programs.
Stress Analyst, Rotorcraft Programs Ridley Park, PA
July 1994 – July 2004
Served in various stress analyst roles of increasing responsibility through multiple rotorcraft programs
such as the V22 Osprey, CH-46 Sea Knight, CH-47 Chinook, and the AH-64 Apache.
Successfully managed the installation and qualification of the V22 Block B Rescue Hoist,
Fastrope, and Gunner’s Belt Hookpoint Systems at Patuxent River Naval Base. Integrated all
Static Test Article ballistic damage repair and the retrofit of new structural components.
As Lead Stress Engineer for the CV22 ATA Program, provided technical oversight in repairing all
structural deviations and coordinated IPT inputs for airframe modifications.
Developed and implemented a standard analysis format and repository for all airframe non-
conformance evaluations which resulted in a 33% reduction in MRB turn-around time.
Developed cost savings proposals such as composite to cast aluminum conversions for select parts
and a Standard Repair Manual for recurring structural discrepancies in assembly and detail shops.
Activities and Leadership
Member: PHL Leadership Advisory Board (LAB)
Member: Boeing Leadership Association
Mentor: Maintain developmental appointments with 6 formal mentees
Longtime coach of youth baseball and football with Aston Valley Athletic Association.
Chairman of Company Projects and Special Opportunities Committee, Boeing Philadelphia High
Potential (HIPO) Organization.
Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Widener University (Graduated with Honors)
Specialized Coursework in Project Management at Penn State Great Valley
Dale Carnegie Leadership Course
Graduated “Boeing Engineering Leadership Program,” via Special Nomination, November 2014
Completed Boeing Program Manager’s Workshop, March 2015
Completed Villanova Six Sigma Workshop (Green Belt), June 2015