Tackling Problems in the Office and On the Field

Monday, February 13, 2017

Growing up watching the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds showcase in his hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan, Jesse Boyer never thought he would one day work at a world-leading aircraft engine manufacturer, let alone become one of the company's top technical experts as a fellow in Additive Manufacturing.

Boyer moved to Connecticut and joined Pratt & Whitney in 2000 with his unique experiences in metrology and manufacturing. Four years ago, he decided to follow his passion for engineering on a technical career path. Boyer became a fellow in Advanced Manufacturing Metrology, but after three years he decided that his experiences and skill set would be better suited for Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. Boyer is drawn to the technology because he can take a physical model of a designer's futuristic idea or digitally recreate a device molded of clay and build it in metal in a matter of days.

One of Boyer's proudest moments at Pratt & Whitney is receiving the Distinguished Engineer of the Year award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

"Being on that stage with engineers that I admire, in front of a technical audience, was an incredible feeling," he said. But getting there took dedication and a lot of hard work. His career advice to young engineers is crucial: Speak up! "Don't be afraid to share your opinion," Boyer said. "If you've been hired into Pratt, it's because we want to hear your perspective."

When he is not tackling tricky technical problems in the office, the football fanatic can be found on the field. Although he doesn't play anymore, Boyer likes to help out on the field in any way he can. Now a coach, he's passing on his love for the sport to his athletes and his four children. He also enjoys filming and photographing games, with his kids, for the local high school.

Boyer can also be found in the classroom teaching The Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing at the University of Connecticut. He brings that passion of sharing his knowledge and experiences back to Pratt & Whitney as a mentor.

"Seeing the people you have mentored progress through different roles here at Pratt & Whitney is very fulfilling," Boyer said.

Boyer has earned bachelor's degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, both from the University of Michigan.

Boyer admitted he wouldn't change his career path even if he had the opportunity to do so. "I don't see myself doing it any differently," he said.