|Boeing Work Experience
1. Why was ERT credit for Work experience (E4E) removed?
Hourly Workforce removed Boeing Work Experience based on feedback received directly from the Skill Team and Receiving Managers. Many Boeing jobs do not require the same utilization of training. To ensure that all employees are trained and successful in their target jobs it was decided that employees must either take or challenge the minimum training for all ERT jobs.
2. What will happen to the ERTs I had on file utilizing Boeing Work Experience?
If you have filed ERTs utilizing Boeing Work Experience those filings will remain on file for up to six years from the time filed if you are not selected. If you accept a job, all ERT filings at that grade level and below will be deleted. If you reject a job the ERT filing for that job will be deleted.
Once a filing has been deleted the employee must meet all the required training again before they can refile for the job.
If the Skill Team adds additional essential (critical) skills to a job the employee's ERT will be cancelled and the employee will need to meet all the required training before they can refile for this job.
|About the CAT C ERT Process
3. Why was the current ERT process created for Category C jobs? The Union and the Company realized the need for improving the hourly ERT process. The current process, in place since 1999, levels the playing field by effectively matching employees' skills with hourly jobs that require those skills. Employees need to successfully complete minimum requirements through the Required Training listed on each job's Career Guide in order to file an ERT.
4. Who owns the ERT process? Boeing Hourly Workforce Administration owns the process and manages the internal movement of employees. There are many different ways that employee movement happens, such as Category A, Category B, Lateral Reclassification, Category C, and location changes. The only movement addressed in these FAQ's is Category C and location changes.
5. Who is involved in the ERT process?
- Joint Programs, Hourly and Management Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) - Create & maintain Career Guides/ Career Explorer
- Skill Teams - Identify ERT minimum requirements/required training
- Learning, Training and Development (LTD) - Deliver Off-Hour ERT courses
- Joint Programs (QTTP) Career Advisors - Assist employees in completing required training and filing ERTs
- Workforce and Management - Hire candidates from ERT lists
6. Is the ERT process an on-hours or off-hours program? This is an off-hour career development program.
7. How does the ERT process benefit employees? The Joint Programs Career Guides provide employees a resource to find out about all hourly jobs in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Prior to this, it was difficult to get good information on what other jobs existed. The Career Guides also provide a clear map so employees can identify the required training for each job. This helps employees make better decisions regarding their careers at The Boeing Company. Hiring managers are required to look at the ERT candidate pool when considering candidates.
8. How will this ERT process benefit managers? Candidates will be better prepared to do the work required in those jobs. Managers will know that everyone in the ERT candidate pool has, at the very least, met entry level minimum training requirements. This process also gives managers the opportunity to assist employees in their career development.
9. What does this mean for career growth within The Boeing Company? It means that employees will be able to take on more responsibility for their own career growth. They will need to embrace lifelong learning and, in many cases, they will need to acquire additional training in order to change jobs and positively influence their career paths.
10. Can employees not part of the bargaining unit apply for these jobs? Yes, as long as they are located in Puget Sound, Portland or Wichita. Salaried employees have to meet the same minimum training requirements as hourly employees.
11. Why do employees have to meet training requirements to transfer? Minimum skill requirements and specific training have been identified for each of the jobs to help employees be better prepared for their new assignment. Now, everyone has to meet the same requirements. This was done to level the playing field.
12. Who decided what the minimum training requirements would be for each job? All requirements are established and set by Skill Teams. A Skill Team is a group of senior level managers who represent common skills and job functions throughout the company and across major organizational lines. Skill Teams utilize input from hourly and first-line management Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) when determining minimum training requirements. Revisions to minimum training requirements may be made when there are processes and/or technical changes as well as new job combinations.
13. Where can I find out what the training requirements are for the various hourly jobs? Joint Programs has a web site called the "Career Explorer" which includes "Career Guides", as well as numerous links to training and education resources. It is located at http://careerexplorer.web.boeing.com (it is only accessible on the Boeing web). Or, you can meet with a Joint Programs (QTTP) Career Advisors at the location nearest you.
14. How will I meet these minimum training requirements? Minimum requirements are met by successfully completing the courses listed in the Career Guides or the corresponding challenge test. You may have met the requirements through previous classes. Contact a Career Advisor to assist you with equivalency review of training transcripts if you have taken similar courses through either Boeing or an external school.
15. What are challenge tests? These tests provide employees an opportunity to prove their ability if they feel their prior knowledge and experience is equal to the training required under the Cat C ERT process.
16. What is being done to make training classes and challenge tests available to employees? In addition to instructor-led courses, Puget Sound Learning, Training and Development (LTD) has opened instructor-facilitated, self-paced ERT labs in Everett, Renton and Auburn to make courses more accessible. Also, some courses are being converted to a web-based format to increase access. Instructor-led courses and most hands-on challenge tests are still on a demand-based schedule. It is important to get your name on the waiting list for those courses. In Portland, the majority of ERT requirements can be fulfilled by completing self-paced courses in the Joint Programs Industrial Skills Training Center Lab or successfully completing ERT course challenge tests. Please see "How to Enroll in Portland Self-Paced Courses" for more information. In Wichita, LTD and Joint Programs partner to offer ERT courses.
17. Do ERT requirements apply to filing for a location change for my current job? You will not have to meet any minimum training requirements for a location change request since you already hold the job.
18. What happens to any ERTs I have on file if the required training for that job is changed? If the Skill Team designates a new training requirement as critical to that job, your ERT will be deleted and you will be notified of the deletion by Workforce. This is to make sure you have the critical skills needed to perform the job. Since you had an ERT on file, you will be given every opportunity to take the added course or challenge test. After you have successfully completed the new training requirement, you may refile the ERT. If the training requirement is not identified as critical, it will have no impact on ERTs you have on file.
19. What is a "Career Guide"?
A Career Guide is a reference document with up-to-date information on each hourly job, including:
20. Do the Career Guides replace the Standard Factory Job Descriptions? No. The Career Guides are to be used as reference documents only. Their purpose is to help you make better decisions about your training, education and, ultimately, your career choices.
- Position Summary
- Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities
- Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Physical Demands and Potential Hazards
- Training Requirements/Recommendations
21. How do I get started in the ERT process? Schedule an appointment with a Joint Programs (QTTP) Career Advisor. An Advisor will work with you to help define career goals and recommend appropriate training based on specific job requirements. Call 800-235-3453 in Puget Sound, 503-667-8766 in Portland or 800-317-8541 in Wichita for an appointment.
22. How do I file a Category C ERT? After you have met the requirements, meet with a Joint Programs (QTTP) Career Advisor, who will file your ERT for you.
23. How do Joint Programs (QTTP) Career Advisors help me navigate through the ERT process?
Career Advisors CAN:
*If you have other training that is equivalent to the listed course, bring that documentation to the Joint Programs (QTTP) Career Advisor for evaluation and credit.
- Help you determine a new career path
- Teach you how to use the Career Guides
- Assist you in identifying jobs in the Cat C ERT process
- Compare your existing training to training requirements*
- Create an appropriate training plan to meet remaining training requirements
- Help you brush up on skills such as computing, reading, writing and math
- Help you register for required classes and/or challenge tests
Career Advisors CANNOT:
24. What do I need to bring to an appointment with a Joint Programs (QTTP) Career Advisor? Any school or training transcripts or certificates of completion which are not on Boeing training transcripts (including any Boeing training that is over 10 years old).
- Predict future job openings
- Alter or change ERT required training
- Give equivalents where documentation does not clearly show that the ERT training requirements have been met
- Change class schedules offered by Learning, Training & Development (LTD)
- Influence your position in the candidate pool or impact any portion of the selection process
- Modify or update CAT A or CAT B filings
25. How will employees get chosen out of the candidate pool? A joint Union-Company committee developed the selection process. Based on the current business need, employees are selected from either of the below categories.
In the case of specialized assignments outside the normal criteria, top ranked candidates may be interviewed before selection. Where Category C employees are selected out of sequence, proper documentation must be prepared justifying the selection and submitted through Hourly Workforce to the appropriate Skill Team and the Senior Operations Skill Team Leader for approval.
- Auto-ERTs (job number held for 90 consecutive days within the last six years)
- Category C - candidates are stacked in the Enterprise Hourly Workforce Administration (EHWA) system in order by points. Important note: employees are only selected for the locations and shifts they choose.
26. How are ERT points determined? Auto ERTs receive a total of 100 points as a final ERT score. Standard ERTs are calculated based on the below three elements:
27. How are the points from the Experience Questionnaire calculated? Internal work experience is automatically calculated from your Boeing Work History. You may enter information from up to three external work experiences. Please note the information you provide may be verified through your application for employment. Up to 28 points for performing the same job number/title at Boeing. Up to 21 points for performing similar work at Boeing. Up to 21 points for performing the same or similar type of work at another company. These points add up to a maximum of 70 points and are filed with your ERT. http://careerexplorer.web.boeing.com/QuestionnaireExplained.aspx
- Previous experience as documented in the Questionnaire-up to 70 points,
- Plus years of seniority, one point per year up to 20,
- Minus up to 20 points from active Corrective Action Memos (CAMS) in your folder, 10 points for each active CAM.
28. How are Boeing jobs matched to the ERT Target job? Each Skill Team identified the jobs that qualify as similar jobs within the Cat C ERT process. Job changes due to job combinations, deletions, or reclassifications get credit from the old job per the Boeing Job Conversion Table. http://careerexplorer.web.boeing.com/SimilarReport.aspx
29. Can I see my points? Your Experience points display as you fill out the Questionnaire. In addition, points for active ERTs on file will be posted on both the Joint Programs (QTTP) Career Advisor and Employee ERT screen effective April 18, 2008.
30. Can I see other employees' points? No, you are limited to viewing your own points.
31. Can I see my final ERT score, with point adjustments from seniority and active CAMs? Points for seniority will be added and points from active CAMS will be deleted within the Employee Hourly Workforce Administration (EHWA) database. These points are automatically adjusted when there is a change in your status. Check with your HRG if you have questions about your seniority or CAMs.
32. Can I see where I'm ranked in the ERT Candidate pool? No. It's important to understand that ranking within an ERT Candidate pool changes every time another employee files an ERT, employee seniority changes and CAMs are applied or expire. Only when a job requisition is posted, is the ERT Candidate Pool frozen.
33. Who checks to see if managers follow the Cat C ERT hiring process? Hourly Workforce Administration manages the internal movement of employees.
34. How will I be notified of a job offer? You will be notified of an offer by your current supervisor.
35. How soon would I report to my new job? If the offer is accepted, normally you will be released within 30 days or on the need/required date on the offer. The release date may be negotiated between the losing and gaining organizations to meet business requirements. The process described in the Boeing Staffing Handbook.
36. Does accepting a new job impact the other ERTs I have on file? When you report to a new assignment, all ERTs at an equal or lower paygrade are cancelled. You must re-file for any desired lower grade or lateral positions through the normal ERT process. Please note you will be required to meet all ERT minimum training requirements on file for the job at that time.
37. What happens if I decline the job offer? If you decline the job offer for which an ERT was filed, the ERT for that job title (all locations and shifts) will be considered canceled. You may re-file after a period of ninety (90) calendar days and will be required to meet all ERT minimum training requirements on file for the job at that time.
38. Is the Company required to hire me if I am in the candidate pool? The Company is required to consider all candidates in the pool before going outside of the pool or going outside of the company to hire. Please note the 12 month releasability rule in the Boeing Staffing Handbook may affect an offer. Important note: Employees are only selected for the locations and shifts they choose.
|ERT / BESS
39. Which Boeing jobs are included in the ERT process? Category C filings (i.e. the lowest graded job in each job family) for hourly IAM-represented jobs covered by the current collective bargaining agreement in District 751 in the Puget Sound, District 70 in Wichita, and District 24 in Portland. Click here for a current list of jobs in the Cat C ERT process.
40. Does this mean that there are openings in these jobs? No. However, now is the time to start preparing yourself so you can be in the candidate pool when an opening does occur. Some classes are only offered two times per year, so employees need to plan ahead. Don't wait until a job opening occurs, it may be too late.
41. Why aren't all Category C jobs posted? The posting process would greatly delay the ability to fill openings in a timely fashion. Operations would rather have employees prepare in advance for jobs they are interested in. That way, when an opening occurs, they can draw from the ERT candidate pool knowing that everyone in the pool already meets the minimum training requirements.
42. Why are some hourly jobs posted in Jobs@Boeing BESS? Jobs are posted in BESS for a number of reasons.
- Non-Category C job openings are posted in BESS. This includes entry level jobs not in the process and higher graded jobs with entry level jobs in the Category C process. Boeing employees wishing to apply for these jobs must submit an electronic resume through BESS.
- Category C jobs are posted in BESS for external candidates when there are more projected openings than employees in the current internal candidate pool or there are no filings for the posted location(s) and shift(s). Boeing employees must still file ERTs to apply for all Category C jobs. http://careerexplorer.web.boeing.com/DecisionTree.ppt
|Individual Circumstances / Specific Questions
43. What if I have previously held a job that I want to return to? If you have held a job for at least 90 consecutive days within the last six years, you can file an "Auto-ERT" for that job without having to meet the training requirements (temporary promotions are not covered by this process, even if held for more than 90 days). "Auto-ERT's" can be filed through a Joint Programs (QTTP) Advisor. Auto-ERTs expire once the six-year window has passed.
44. How long do employees have to be in their current job before moving to a new job? Per the Boeing Staffing Handbook, employees are considered releasable for an Employee Requested Transfer (ERT) after they have held their present job for 12 months. Exceptions may be made by management when deemed it is in the best interest of the company and employee.
45. Is there any limit to the number of ERTs I can file? Yes. You can file ERTs for jobs in a maximum of four different occupational groups (i.e. QA, Facilities, etc.). However, you can file for as many jobs as you meet the minimum training requirements for within any four distinct groups.
46. How long is my ERT in effect? It will remain active until you either get the job, turn down the job offer (you can re-file after 90 days), delete the filing, or new essential (critical) training is add to jobs. "Auto-ERT's" will expire once the 6-year window has passed.
47. Do I have to re-file my Cat C ERTs if I have been recalled? Yes, all Cat C ERTs are purged from the system when you are laid-off.
48. How do I file a Cat A, Cat B or Cat E? For Cat A, Cat B and Cat E filings, you must go through Total Access, if you have questions, please contact Workforce.