Boeing 737 Max software underpaid temporary workers design: While the Department of Justice expands the scope of its Boeing investigation, from 737 Max to 787 Dreamliner, the manufacturer's engineers report another miscalculation within the troubled airline. Bloomberg revealed on June 28 that Boeing and its suppliers were outsourcing part of the development and testing of the 737 Max software to temporary workers. These workers, some of whom had recently graduated, were employed or contracted by Indian technology companies HCL Technologies and Cyient Ltd.

Some of the testers and developers earned just $ 9 an hour, longtime engineers told Bloomberg. A former Boeing flight control engineer, Rick Ludtke, said the decision to outsource was made to reduce costs. "Boeing was doing all sorts of things, all you could possibly imagine, to reduce costs, including moving out of Puget Sound, because we had become very expensive here," Rick Ludtke told Bloomberg. "All of this is very understandable if you think about it from a business perspective, but slowly, over time, it seems that the ability of Puget Sound designers to design has deteriorated."

Defective software on the Boeing 737 Max seems to have contributed to two fatal accidents, which claimed the lives of 346 people between October and March. The 737 Max remained grounded around the world after the March crash, leading Boeing to a $ 1 billion loss in the first quarter.

Boeing 737 Max software underpaid temporary workers design

Boeing would estimate that the ingenious experienced are not necessary

A former Boeing software engineer, Mark Rabin, told Bloomberg that a manager said at a plenary meeting that experienced engineers were no longer needed in the company. "I was shocked to find that in a room filled with a few hundred engineers, mostly senior engineers, we were told we did not need us," Mark Rabin told Bloomberg.


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However, Mark Rabin said the code is often "badly prepared" and that it takes a lot of "back and forth" to get a specific code. The HCL coders worked according to the specifications set by Boeing engineers.

A Boeing spokesperson told Bloomberg that safety was always a top priority, including when the company was working with external partners. "Boeing has decades of experience working with suppliers / partners around the world," said the spokesperson. "Our main goal is to always ensure that our products and services are safe, of the highest quality and comply with all applicable regulations."