AJAC Apprenticeship Programs

Washington State aerospace and advanced manufacturing companies who participate in AJAC’s apprenticeship programs as a registered Training Agent can enroll employees in the apprenticeship programs listed below. If a company has 15 or more employees that need training in one of AJAC’s currently registered occupations, AJAC can create a new program exclusively for that company.The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s (AJAC) apprentices receive on-the-job training (OJT) during the day at a company’s job site and take classes one night a week at a community/technical college in these areas.

Current Apprenticeship Programs Locations

Machining (Aircraft-Oriented)

AJAC’s machining program is taught to aircraft-oriented precision levels and gives your employees the opportunity to learn and enhance their knowledge of a variety of skills. These skills include: Shop Math, CNC Technology, CAD/CAM, Inspection, Metallurgy and Advanced Materials, Cutting Tools, Conventional and Advanced Machining and Print Reading. Apprentices are also introduced to other cutting-edge technologies, such as Waterjet and Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM).

Program Outline

Program Length: 4 years/8,000 hours

King County

  • Enumclaw
  • Renton
  • Seattle

Pierce County

  • Tacoma

Snohomish County

  • Arlington
  • Everett

Spokane County

  • Spokane

Benton/Franklin Counties

  • Pasco

Yakima County

  • Yakima

Precision Metal Fabrication (PMF)

AJAC’s Precision Metal Fabrication program is taught to precision levels and gives your employees the opportunity to learn and enhance their knowledge of a variety of skills. These skills include: Metal Fabrication, Equipment Use (Punch Press and Press Brake), PMF Technologies, Materials and Properties of Bending Metal, CNC Setup & Operation, Safety and Inspection, CAD/CAM, Shop Math and Print Reading.

Program Outline

Program Length: 2 years/4,000 hours

King County

  • Seattle
  • Auburn

Snohomish County

  • Everett

Spokane County

  • Spokane

Aircraft Mechanic Airframe

AJAC’s aircraft mechanic (Airframe) program is taught to FAA regulations and gives your employees the opportunity to learn and enhance their knowledge of a variety of skills. These skills include: Inspection, Airframe Structures, Control Systems, Hydraulic Systems, Electrical, Aircraft Drawings, Aircraft Finishes, Advanced Composites and more! Upon graduation, the apprentice will meet the FAA’s 18 month experience requirements and be eligible to apply for permission to test for their Airframe Certificate and/or Rating (8610-2).

Program Outline

Program Length: 3 years/6,000 hours

King County

  • Seattle

Snohomish County

  • Everett

Tool and Die Maker

AJAC’s Tool and Die Maker apprenticeship program is the fifth year of AJAC’s Machining (Aircraft-Oriented) apprenticeship program. Apprentices are required to complete the four year machining program before starting the one year Tool and Die Maker program. This program will give your employees the opportunity to learn and enhance their knowledge of a variety of skills including: Tool Layout and Design, Jig Bore and Grinding, Heat Treating, Tool Steel Welding, Equipment Use (Milling Machine, Engine Lathe, Grinder (surface, tool), Drilling Machines), Electric Discharge Mach. OPR. (EDM), CNC Programming & Operations, Shop Maintenance and review, and Bench Work.

Program Outline

Program Length: 5 years/10,000 hours

King County

  • Renton
  • Seattle
  • Enumclaw*

Pierce County

  • Tacoma*

Snohomish County

  • Everett

Spokane County

  • Spokane*

Industrial Maintenance Technician

AJAC’s Industrial Maintenance Technician apprenticeship program is a four-year apprenticeship program. This program will give your employees the opportunity to learn and enhance their knowledge of a variety of skills including: engineering drawings, lifting and rigging, precision machining, machine automation theory, welding, maintenance machining and eletrical, mechanic, hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

Program Outline

Program Length: 4 years/8,000 hours

King County

  • Seattle

Snohomish County

  • Arlington

Franklin County

  • Pasco*

Manufacturing Academy

The Manufacturing Academy (MA) is a 10 week, workforce
pre-employment training program designed by local employers,WorkForce Central and AJAC to prepare workers for manufacturing and aerospace careers. MA Instructors are industry professionals. Skills taught include, but are not limited to soft skills, manufacturing basics, blueprint reading, welding and composites, with certification in forklift, flagger, OSHA and lean processes.

Find out more about the Manufacturing Academy and how your company can participate.

Program Length: 10 weeks (12 weeks total with two weeks of soft skills)

Pierce County

  • Tacoma

King County

  • Seattle
  • Auburn

Snohomish County

  • Monroe

Skagit County

  • Mt. Vernon

*Based on employer demand

To start an AJAC apprenticeship program at your company, contact AJAC at 206-764-7940 or info@ajactraining.org or online.