Boeing names executive to ramp up new South Carolina engineering unit

Boeing Co. is adding an engineering center to its growing South Carolina operations. (Grace Beahm/Staff/File)

Grace Beahm

Boeing Co. has tapped the leader of its Washington state engineering design center to launch a similar operation in South Carolina.

Dan Mooney, a 33-year company veteran, will transition into his new role as vice president of engineering for the local center over the next several weeks, the North Charleston plant’s top executive announced Monday.

“Given his broad experience, Dan is the ideal candidate to oversee and shape the engineering design center here especially as we grow South Carolina’s engineering capability beyond direct support to the 787 program,” Boeing South Carolina vice president and general manager Jack Jones wrote in an email to his workforce.

Mooney will report to Boeing’s commercial airplanes chief engineer Mike Delaney and will be a member of the South Carolina site’s leadership team, Jones wrote. A Boeing spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Before he was vice president of Aviation Safety & Engineering Functions, Mooney worked in Boeing’s defense business, in the company’s commercial airplanes regulatory affairs section and as a technical representative in Washington, D.C.

Mooney’s appointment comes less than a month after Boeing announced that it would establish new centers for commercial aircraft engineering design and propulsion in South Carolina. The local engineering center will be one of three, with the others in Washington state and California.

The North Charleston operation, which counts about 1,000 engineering employees among more than 6,000 total workers, has made only 787 Dreamliners for the entirety of its short history.

But this year, the Chicago-based company has signaled a plan to diversify, announcing it will concentrate information technology jobs as well as design and build engine casings for its new 737 MAX in the Charleston region.

Boeing announced in April it would invest another $1.1 billion and hire 2,000 more people in South Carolina over the next eight years in exchange for a government incentives package that includes $120 million in infrastructure funding.

There’s also been speculation that Boeing might assemble the largest Dreamliner, the 787-10, exclusively in North Charleston and that the local operation could contribute composite components to the forthcoming 777X.