Youth Apprentices

AJAC’s Production Technician (Youth) Apprenticeship is a 2,000 hour program designed for high school juniors and seniors to develop career-ready skills in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. This apprenticeship program combines paid on-the-job training at an AJAC employer and college-level classroom instruction which can lead to a high school diploma, journey-level card and short-term college certificate.

The job duties of a Production Technician is to set-up, test, and adjust advanced manufacturing machinery or equipment, using a combination of electrical, electronic, mechanic, hydraulic, pneumatic, or computer technologies. Production Technicians will work hands-on with computer aided design (CAD), analytical and scientific software.

AJAC has partnered with over 200 advanced manufacturers to provide supervised and structured on-the-job training. Youth Apprentices can only work for companies that have agreed to hire them. Youth Apprentices will work 10-20 hours per week during the school year and full-time during the summer. Pay will vary by employer and number of hours worked.

Classes will be held one day a week, either at a partnering high school, skill center, technical college or machine shop. During this time, apprentices will learn the theory behind the art of advanced manufacturing from the industry’s top instructors.

To launch your career as a Production Technician, you will need to meet the minimum qualifications:

  • You must be a high school junior or senior enrolled in a school district AJAC has partnered with
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • Recommended by a teacher from a school AJAC has partnered with
  • Completed and passed Algebra Level 1
  • Must have transportation to and from worksite

If you have met the minimum qualifications, you can apply via our online application.

Prior to the start of each cohort, AJAC and potential Youth Apprentices will have a designated day to be interviewed by AJAC’s partnering employers. Employment and enrollment in Youth Apprenticeship Program is solely determined by the hiring employer.

AJAC’s Youth Apprenticeship is a no-cost program for qualified apprentices or employers. AJAC will provide all apprentices with free dinner during their weekly classroom instruction.

You should be detail-oriented, a problem-solver and capable of working independently and as part of a team. You should also have a good work ethic, basic math skills and an interest in working with your hands.

Yes! All Youth Apprentices will earn 15 tuition-free college credits from a local community or technical college.

Apprenticeships are the ideal vehicle to teach young adults job-ready skills through mentorship while providing quality education and creating productive, lifelong learners.

Apprentices earn on average $300,000 more over their career than non-apprentices
3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed in the next decade
Manufacturers in WA earned $87,756 per year with no college debt
Washington is home to the largest cluster of aerospace companies in the world
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles are integrated throughout advanced manufacturing