Automated Systems for Aerospace and Space Applications C1313

Topics: Quality, Safety & Maintenance

Pressure on costs and budgets makes automating processes within the aerospace and space industries necessary. Misunderstandings about reductions to these complex systems can result in the improper application of these systems, often leading to poor outcomes and project failure. This course introduces the components of automation critical to the practice of acquiring, installing, and maintaining automation. The instructor presents the types, components, operation, application, cost benefits, laws, strengths, and limitations of automation. The breadth and scope necessary for effective decision processes is covered, specifically when automation replaces tasks previously done by hand.

Participants will receive a copy of the textbook, Automated/Mechanized Drilling and Countersinking of Airframes, by instructor George (Nick) Bullen. 

Learning Objectives

By attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the function of automation in an aerospace factory
  • Decide if automation is right for your factory or application
  • Select the right automation for your application
  • Install, transition to production, and maintain the selected automation
  • Perform a feasibility analysis and an Return on Investment (ROI) for factory automation

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for all personnel interested in acquiring an understanding of the power and pitfalls of automation before purchase and how to select and install the right automation.


There are no prerequisites for the course.

You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

George Bullen

bullen_george George N Bullen has returned to Northrop Grumman Corporation as Technical Fellow and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Advanced Manufacturing Technology Development and Innovation. Mr. Bullen is an internationally recognized expert and consultant to industry for the manufacture of commercial, military, and private fixed and rotary wing air vehicles, rockets, missiles, and space vehicles. His expertise includes inhabited and uninhabited aerial vehicles, space vehicle design and manufacture, laser weapon system design and manufacture, and lean processes and applications. He has been engaged with the design-through-manufacture of over 72 air and space vehicles since 1968 in aerospace. He has been awarded 16 U.S. and international patents for technology innovations related to manufacturing, mechanization, robotics, robotics control software, and nuclear testing/quality metrology devices, that are the basis for all current automated systems for the assembly of airframes in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Russia. He recently filed patent applications for industry recognized disruptive metrology technologies that are emerging as the standard for automating the assembly of airframes.

George N Bullen is a Fellow in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, (FSME); Certified in Production and Inventory Control Management, (CPIM); has an MBA from Loyola Marymount University, BSMG degree from Pepperdine University; ASBA degree from Mesa College and is currently finishing his PhD in Decision Sciences, Engineering Research. Mr. Bullen has published five books on the manufacture and assembly of airframes including Automated/Mechanized Drilling and Countersinking of Airframes, The Economics of Composites, and Aluminum Auto Body Joining published by SAE International; and Successful Composites Technology Transfer, Lessons Learned from NASA’s MLAS Program published by SME. His next book The Future of the Airplane Factory: Digitally Optimized Intelligent Airplane Assembly is due to be published in late 2018. He is widely published in magazines, conference proceedings, and peer-review journals. In 2014 he received SAE International’s Forest McFarland Award, and in 2000 the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Design Engineering Award for significant advances in aerospace engineering. In December 2010 he retired from Northrop Grumman Corporation (NGC) after 28 years. His responsibility at Northrop Grumman Corp. was to identify; develop and implement innovative enabling business processes and technologies for accomplishing the strategic vision of the corporation.

He maintains membership on academic boards of major universities; is a member of the strategic planning and steering committees of professional societies; and is founder of the International Aerospace Automation Consortium. He also is a board member of the RFID supply chain governing body, EPC Global.

Duration: 2 Days
CEUs: 1.3

Fees: $1299.00

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