Boeing has opened its latest engineering and technology center in Sao Jose dos Campos in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, the aerospace company announced on Tuesday. The facility is its 15th engineering site worldwide tasked with developing advanced technology for aerospace innovation.
The new center expands Boeing’s footprint in Brazil, where it already employs some 500 engineers. Up to 55 engineering job opportunities have been posted on the company website since the start of September.
The company disclosed that it has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the state of Sao Paulo to promote aerospace technological development via science, technology, engineering and mathematics education support.
The MOU’s funding beneficiary is the State University of Campinas’ SAFMaps project, developing an innovative web information platform on Brazil’s most promising feedstocks for producing sustainable aviation fuels.
With the MOU, Jorge Lima, Sao Paulo’s economic development secretary, said, “We aim to generate more jobs and income for our state, which is one of the main purposes of the partnership with the private sector.”
According to a primer on its presence in Brazil, Boeing has invested $5.3 million in local communities since 2008 to enhance the development of STEM careers. Working with nonprofits, the investment has benefitted over 4 million students and educators in Brazil.