How to Meet the Minimum Qualifications and Customize your Resume

How Do I Meet the Minimum Qualifications?

Make sure that you are ready for apprenticeship and have the skills that will drive you to succeed. Below are resources to help you meet the minimum qualifications for the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) aerospace and advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program in Washington State.

  • Currently working for a manufacturing company AJAC has partnered with. AJAC is an employer-sponsored program – we only enroll apprentices whom our companies select for apprenticeship
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Be a high school graduate, have a GED or are working toward a GED with proof of successful completion of the GED within 6 months of entering the apprenticeship
  • Successfully passed college Math and English classes (090 or greater)or completed an assessment test such as the:
    • Compass Test with minimum scores of 67 in reading, 32 in writing, and 53 in pre-algebra
    • World of Work Inventory (WOWI) with minimum scores of 27.78 in numerical, 34.95 in verbal
    • ASSET Test with minimum scores of 37 in reading skills, 37 in writing skills, and 43 in numerical skills

How to Prepare Before I am 16 Years Old

There are many training programs that help prepare people under the age of 16 for a career in the aerospace trades through area high schools, community and technical colleges and community organizations. Learn about the various pathways to an aerospace apprenticeship here.

How Can I Get My GED?
If you are planning to get your high school diploma, re-submit your information to AJAC after you graduate. To get your GED, check with your local community or technical college for classes and testing. There are also online options that are available.

How Can I Prepare for and Take an Assessment Test?

Please refer to our Assessment Information and Preparation Tools and review the many locations that offer the World of Work Inventory (WOWI).

How can I Customize my Resume for the Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Industries?

Please refer to this sample resume when customizing your resume for work in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. You can also visit WorkSource offices anywhere in Washington State to get help preparing your resume.

Transferrable Skills in the Aerospace Industry 
If you have any of the following skills, please list each one under the appropriate position in your resume and explain how you demonstrated those skills.

  1. Knowledge or experience in the production process– whether you’re a dental assistant, sandwich maker, or precision machinist, you probably have learned and worked in some type of production process. Elements of a production process include:
    • Meeting deadlines
    • Following specific directions or guidelines
    • Achieving daily, weekly, or monthly goals
    • Measuring
    • Quality assurance activities

    You will need to have a strong working knowledge of the production process to work in aerospace and advanced manufacturing. List and describe on your resume which job responsibilities you have had in the past that incorporates production techniques (e.g., room turnover for dental assistants or making sandwiches or pizzas correctly according to company guidelines).

  2. Attention to detail – Machined parts made for the aerospace industry are made with extremely high precision. Being accurate is extremely important. List and describe on your resume any skills or experience that demonstrates your ability to be accurate and detail-oriented.
  3. Math skills – Production workers in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries use high-level math (e.g., Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry) on a daily basis. List and describe on your resume any past jobs and tasks which required mathematical calculations.
  4. Technical skills or mechanical aptitude – in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries, you will work with your hands, so experience in auto repair, woodworking, metalworking, etc., may also be transferrable. List and describe on your resume any past jobs, classes or hobbies that exhibit your technical skills or mechanical aptitude.

Aerospace Apprenticeship Assessment Information and Preparation Tools

WORLD OF WORK INVENTORY (WOWI) The WOWI is AJAC’s preferred assessment tool because it provides the most information about interests, aptitudes and abilities and can be used to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications for an aerospace apprenticeship. In Washington State, the WOWI is offered by many workforce and retraining agencies. It is also available for a reduced fee from After completing the WOWI assessment, your results will be immediately available and will provide valuable information about specific careers based on your interests and aptitudes.To take the WOWI Assessment:

  • visit to register
  • Take the assessment
  • At the end of the assessment, enter the promotional code: AJAC* to receive your results

*50% discount off of the original assessment fee.

Taking the WOWI Assessment does not place you in AJAC’s apprenticeship program. The WOWI is one method AJAC uses to determine whether you meet the minimum requirements to be qualified to enter an apprenticeship.


Most Universities and Community and Technical Colleges in Washington State offer the COMPASS and ASSET tests. While both tests are similar, the ASSET is often used with people for whom English is not their first language. Please contact the testing center at the appropriate Universities or Community and Technical Colleges near you to arrange to take one of these tests. College fees vary.


There are many websites where you can find information and practice problems for each of these assessments. If you have not taken an assessment recently, we recommend that you practice beforehand. AJAC does not endorse any specific sites; however, the following will be useful in preparing to take the test. The key to succeeding on any of these assessments is to do many practice problems.

Compass Writing Sample Test
Compass Reading Sample Test
ACT COMPASS Writing Skills Sample Test Questions
ACT COMPASS Reading Skills Sample Test Questions

Mechanical Aptitude
The Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude

In order to meet the minimum qualifications for apprenticeship, please focus on the following specific areas when visiting the web sites listed below:

  • Operations with Integers
  • Operations with Fractions
  • Operations with Decimals
  • Positive Integer Exponents, Square Roots, and Scientific Notation
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Percentages
  • Averages (Means, Medians, and Modes)
Compass Pre-Algebra Test
Algebra 1 Practice Tests
ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra
Advanced Geometry Practice Tests
ACT COMPASS Math Practice Tests
Mathematics Sample Test Questions
Compass/ESL Mathematics Sample Test Questions
Oakland Community College Math Department Practice Test
ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Resources
ACT Math Practice Tests

How do I Prepare Myself for Success?

To prepare yourself for success, you can improve your basic skills through a variety of training programs including pre-employment and pre-apprenticeship training.

Regional Community College and Technical School Aerospace Training Programs

Another option is to consider enrolling in one of the aerospace training programs below: