Benjamin Shockley



I am part program manager, part engineer, part geek and at all times...I'm an explorer. I love to tinker, research, and learn. I'm a seasoned engineer in the aerospace industry for over 19 years, and I've done some amazing things and helped create some of the world's best aircraft. I've been very lucky to work with some of the most outstanding teammates and peers. I'm a graduate of a leadership development program through Boeing Defense, Space & Security designed to develop the top 1% of high potential leaders within the company. I love all things that beep, blink, buzz, or otherwise have electrons coursing through it's system. I had a Radio Shack Robie Jr. growing up and it was the neatest toy. It sparked my imagination of what was possible, of what I wanted to learn, and see, and do.

Sernio Program Manager and Aerospace Engineer

With a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering and experience in team leading, leadership development, strutural design and analysis, and more I've spent time building my skillset.

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  • Phone: +785 813 1380
  • City: Olathe, KS
  • Degree: Master of Aerospace Engineering
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Several skills have been developed over the years of through my professional experience, but additionally through my personal experiences and hobbies. In my free time you can find me designing circuit boards with fun shapes, contributing to open source projects online, helping with web development, and more.

Engineering 100%
Program Management 100%
Web Development 75%
Programming - Java, Python, Kotlin 80%
Circuit Design 90%
Microprocessor Firmware Development 55%
Open Source Project Contributions 40%


Background on the left and professional experiences and roles on the right.


Benjamin Shockley

Innovative and deadline-driven Aerospace Engineer with 19+ years of aerospace enxperiences ranging from system desgin to structural design to stress analysis to avionics systems.

  • Olathe, KS
  • (785) 813-1380


Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

2004- 2005

Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Obtained while working full-time for Boeing in St. Louis.

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

1999 - 2003

University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Member of Sigma Gamma Tau, Aerospace honor scociety, and AIAA while obtaining Bachelor's degree at KU.

Android Developer Nanodegree

2015 - 2016

Udacity/Google, Online

Invited to participate in the Android Developer Career Summit event held at Google in Oct 2015.


Private Pilot


Midwest Executive Aircraft, Inc., Leee's Summit, MO

Obtained license during summer of 2002 between my junior and senior year of college.

Systems Engineering Courses

2016 - 2017

MIT Professional Enducation, Online via MITx

Certifications in Quantitative Methods in Systems Engineering, Model-Based Systems Engineering, Models in Engineering, and Architecture of Complex Systems

Emerging Leaders Development Program

2012 - 2015

Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Mesa, AZ

Graduate of 3-year development and training program for top performers within Boeing.

Professional Experience

Senior Program Manager/Engineer

2017 - Present

Garmin, Olathe, KS

Part of the Garmin Aviation Systems & Programs team supporting OEMs in the general aviation business providing hardware and software support for Garmin systems such as the G1000® NXi Integrated Flight Deck, as well as G3000, and experimental G3X Touch™ system. Everything from development of project schedules, deliverables, and program management, to hardware and software development and system integration testing and verification.

  • Lead team for design and delivery of custom solutions for aircraft OEMs.
  • Review and created program definition documentation, deliverables, milestones, and review gates with customers.
  • Creat New Product Notifications for customers.
  • Systems integration and testing.

Mechanical Design Engineer 3 - Rotors

2016 - 2017

Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Mesa, AZ

  • Support the qualification of new mill facilities for AM355 material.
  • Integrate and coordinate with suppliers of strap packs and other AM355 components to ensure on time delivery, first-time quality, and continued improvements.
  • Interface with shop floor for production assemblies and facilitate engineering reviews of quality and production issues.

Rotor Blade IPT Lead

2013 - 2016

Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Mesa, AZ

  • Develop new products through rapid design and analysis processes – using the data to drive decisions with a 5x reduction in design iteration time.
  • Reduce tooling costs by approximately 33% through innovative manufacturing techniques and approaches to design for manufacturing.
  • IReview emerging technologies for demonstration within the program and future manufacturing techniques.

Lead Design Engineer for Production Rotor Blades

2009 - 2013

Boeing Defense, Space & Security, Mesa, AZ

  • Lead supplier audits to ensure quality and technical requirements were maintained at suppliers.
  • Managed technical project requirements definition and deliverable definition.
  • Cost savings of approximately $1,300 per tail rotor blade for the Apache through reduction in non-utilized components with team engagement and customer feedback.
  • Maintained product quality through technical support and engineering guidance.

Structural Engineer

2008 - 2009

Cirrus Aircraft, Duluth, MN

  • Member of the Advanced Design Group at Cirrus who built the SF%0 prototype within 18 months of first part being produced through team driven conceptual design, manufacturing and material decisions.
  • Utilized rapid prototyping techniques to meet time driven results while maintaining long-term thinking for production environment.
  • Monitored real-time telemetry data during flight test of SF50 and provided feedback to pilots.

Design Engineer

2003 - 2008

Boeing Defense, Space & Security, St. Louis, MO

  • Performed repair and design analysis for non-standard work utilizing available technology resulting in several aircraft returning to service and production line.
  • Performed repair and design analysis for non-standard work utilizing available technology resulting in several aircraft returning to service and production line.
  • Reduced part count and simplified assembly by 20 parts resulting in incorporation of design a full 5 aircraft earlier than scheduled with an extra $25K in savings by teaming with customer and peers.
  • Implemented best practices in model based part design by training 3 team members the process.


Programs and projects I've worked on and contributed to both professionally and personally.

  • All
  • Aerospace
  • Software
  • Circuit Design

Circuit Python


Cirrus SF50


MiniFig Board


F-15 Eagle


Mu Editor




Heck of a Score




Olathe, KS


+1 785 813 1380

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