Thomas Caro

Thomas Caro

Product Life Cycle Manager

The Boeing Company

Huntington Beach, CA USA

It took me awhile to learn how to stand up for myself. Regardless of the intimidation and doubt you face, don’t be afraid to ask questions of the people that know more than you.


My road in life took a while to figure out.
From a young age, I wanted to be an artist.
Attended community college and studied fine art.
Obtained a job at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace Company (now Boeing) as a name plate fabricator—my graphic arts experience and education helped to get "my foot in the door."
Due to a reduction in the workforce, I was laid off.
Six years later, an opportunity arose to return to Boeing as a contractor for a small telecommunications company in information technology on a two year contract.
Began learning IT skills and was rehired full-time with The Boeing Company in information technology on the condition that I would obtain a degree in that field.
Obtained a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Phoenix.
Have been working at Boeing for over 25 years collectively.


Product Life Cycle Manager

I manage the oversight involved in the configuration of space crafts through the product life cycle.

Career Roadmap

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Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

We build satellites and space crafts here, so I am responsible for overseeing the configuration of those things as they get built. They are built in different phases, integrated together, and prepared for shipment to the launch site. I mainly provide system administration support for a specific gate event, which is a step in the build process. I manage a specific tool that programs use and help it move along the milestones it needs to meet. It involves creating criteria and providing security.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Find the company and work environment that suits you and your temperament. Don't be afraid to go through the tough times and struggle to get ahead. The key is to persevere through those times and allow them to make you stronger. Try to plan ahead as much as you can for your career. Do your research and figure out what you want to do early on.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:


The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"You aren't good at this and won't succeed. I'm not going to help you."

Challenges I Overcame

Job Loss
Career Change
Self-Esteem Issues