Get the Skills Employers Require with 
Pre-Apprenticeship Training

Washington State aerospace and manufacturing employers who participate in AJAC’s apprenticeship program are looking for candidates who have the skills and knowledge necessary to qualify for entry-level jobs in advanced manufacturing. If you don’t have these skills or need a refresher course, you can get these skills in 10-weeks with a pre-apprenticeship training program, called the Manufacturing Academy. Training currently runs in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties.

The Manufacturing Academy is approved by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for the use of post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits.

With the Manufacturing Academy, you will:

  • Develop skills to succeed in the industry including:
    • Effective communication, resume writing, interviewing and job application assistance
    • Machining, metal fabrication, composites, assembly, math for manufacturing, blueprint reading, with certification in forklift, flagger and OSHA
  • Receive hands-on training from industry professionals
  • Earn college credits
  • Connect with local manufacturing employers regarding potential career opportunities
  • Obtain insight about career pathways; including education and apprenticeship opportunities
  • Tour local advanced manufacturing companies

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“I found a job at Kitsap composites in Port Orchard, a quality parts manufacturer for the aerospace industry. While interviewing, they gave me a four page math test, four page soft skills evaluation, and a eight page machinist test on trigonometry and blueprint reading. It wasn’t easy but with the training the Manufacturing Academy gave me, I did well, a 92%. I got a manual machinist job with them an they’re going to train me on their CNC machines as well. I see a lot of potential for my employment here.”

– Amos Neuschwander, Manufacturing Academy Graduate

“The quality of instructors that we had was second to none. It was a great dynamic approach; you get people that have years and years of experience in their specific fields, and it was absolutely fabulous. I would highly recommend this to anybody looking to change careers or further their career in manufacturing. This program is specifically for aerospace manufacturing and will open a lot of doors for entry level work.”

– Manufacturing Academy Graduate

“Before I entered the Manufacturing Academy, I had been unemployed for two years. I was in transitional housing with my teenage daughter after losing my house to foreclosure. I felt lost, with no direction.The Manufacturing Academy helped me in so many ways. The subjects covered were relevant in finding a job and because of the instruction, I had the confidence to get the job I currently have. It gave me the tools I needed to be effective in my search for employment, and gave me relevant experience that companies would find attractive. I recommend it for anyone who needs help finding a job.”

– Manufacturing Academy Graduate


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY – EQUAL ACCESS – It is the mission of AJAC that the training of apprentices shall be without discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or as otherwise specified by law.  AJAC also encourages women, minorities and veterans to apply with their employer. WorkForce Central and WorkSource Washington are equal opportunity employers and providers of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities. Language services for clients are provided free of charge. WA Relay Services: 1-800-833-6384.