Get pre-apprenticeship training

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 positions in manufacturing, machining and assembly. 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 Pierce, Snohomish and King counties. If you do not reside in these counties, other programs are available in Washington State.

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 industry including:
    • Effective communication, resume writing, interviewing and job application assistance
    • Math for manufacturing, blueprint reading, welding and composites, with certification in forklift, flagger, OSHA and LEAN processes
  • Receive hands-on training under some of the best instructors from industry
  • Earn College credits
  • Gain exclusive access to job opportunities with local manufacturers
  • Obtain insight about lucrative career pathways; including education and apprenticeship opportunities

To find out how you can become a Manufacturing Academy student in Pierce County, attend an information session. Check calendar for times and locations.

To find out how you can become a Manufacturing Academy student in Snohomish County, email Workforce Snohomish.

“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 the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) and Bates Technical College that training shall be without discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or as otherwise specified by law. 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.