Jesse Cote went to work for Foss Maritime in 1989 (a Tug Boat and shipyard company) and became active in District 160 Hope Lodge 79 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers in 1992 serving on numerous Local and District Offices and Committees.
Jesse entered the Marine Machinists Apprenticeship Program at Renton Technical College in 1993 and successfully exited in 1996.
In 1999, Jesse became a full-time Union Representative working for IAM&AW District 160. In 2004, he accepted the Union Representative/Director of Organizing position with the IAM&AW, District Lodge 751. He has been a part of the Workforce Development and Training in Washington State for more than a decade sitting on a number of Advisory Committees at Community and Technical Colleges and Executive Boards of very successful Department of Labor grants.
Jesse is part of the original team to secure recurring funding and creation of the Aerospace Machinists Joint Training Committee/Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee organization (a not-for-profit corporation) in 2008. This Organization was created to train the next generation of Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing masters of their trade Apprentices. The organization now serves and trains approximately 400 Apprentices annually.
Jesse has worked in and around the trades for 28 years and is serving as the President and sits on the Board and Committee for the AMJTC/AJAC organization.
Tom Lux worked at Western Gear Corporation in Everett WA, Briggs Technologies in Lynnwood, WA and the Boeing Aircraft Company in Everett, WA as a Journeyman-level Machine Parts Inspector. As a Lead at Briggs Technologies and the Boeing Company he trained other Machine Parts Inspectors. Tom spent six years as Site Coordinator and eight years as an Administrator with IAM/Boeing Joint Programs, a training and safety program. Tom also served six years as an Employee Representative on the IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
With 30 + years’ experience in the manufacturing/machining industry, Tim Rabe has held a wide variety of roles including Machinist, Estimator and Project Manager. Tim has volunteered for numerous advisory committees related to manufacturing; apprentice JATC to vocational college programs. Tim holds certifications in Machining, Lean Manufacturing and Project Management. Tim resides in Milton, Washington where he enjoys spending time with his wife Denise and two teenage daughters.
Tim comes to AJAC with nearly 20 years of manufacturing experience and over a decade of teaching. He graduated Green River Community College in 1987 with a degree in Pre-Mechanical Engineering. After studying Industrial Technology at Western Washington University, Tim pas spent the last 15 years at Tool Gauge and Machine Works in Tacoma, Washington as the CNC Department Supervisor. In 2015, Tim graduated with a Bachelors of Applied Science in Technical Teaching Education from South Seattle College.
During AJAC’s 2018 Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony, Tim received the 2018 Instructor of the Year award. Connect with Tim on LinkedIn.
John currently serves as the Vice President of Operations for Ellison Technologies Northwest. Ellison Technologies Northwest is one of the largest distributors of CNC Machine Tools in the Pacific Northwest, serving the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.
John has served Ellison Technologies Northwest for the past 33 years, joining the local company less than a year after its formation. Starting in the position of Service & Applications Engineer, he has also held the positions of Applications Manager, Service Manager, Technical Sales and Sales Manager.
John has served the regional manufacturing community as a committee member of the Puget Sound Consortium for Manufacturing Excellence, as well as the Committee for Manufacturing Excellence at Shoreline Community College, and continues to serve on the advisory boards for the manufacturing & machining programs at Renton Technical College, Lake Washington Technical College, and Shoreline Community College for over 10 years.
Matthias Poischbeg, was born and grew up in Hamburg Germany. He moved to Everett, Washington after finishing his BA in Business in 1995 to work for Sea-Dog Corporation. Sea-Dog Corporation has been a manufacturer and distributor for Marine and Rigging Hardware established in 1923.
In 1999, Matt took over the reins at Sea-Lect Plastics Corporation, a sister company of Sea-Dog and a manufacturer of Plastic Injection molded products with an in-house Tool & Die shop. He became a U.S. citizen in 2005 which made a dream come true.
Matt graduated from the Leadership Snohomish County program in 2008 and served on its board for three years. In May of 2014 he joined the Village Theatre board a calling due to his passion for the performing arts and musical theatre.
Like the performing arts, another genuine passion of Matt is the support of apprenticeship programs and AJAC. Matt finished school at the age of sixteen and completed two, 2- year apprenticeships in Germany.
Tommy comes to AJAC with nearly 15 years of experience. He graduated the Ford ASSET program at Renton Technical College in 2006 with a degree in Automotive Technology. Tommy has spent the last 11 years at King County as a Heavy Duty Diesel Technician and became active in District 160 Local Lodge 289 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. In 2018, Tommy was elected to Auburn Precinct 47-0059 as Precinct Committee Officer. In 2019, Tommy became a full-time Union Representative working for IAM&AW District 160.
Work Force Development Center (WFDC) is led by the Chief Executive Officer, David Trader, who has been with Work Force Development Center since 1996. David left the automotive retail/service centers as a manager of 13 years to work with at-risk, special needs students that he saw himself as at their age. During his 23 years at WFDC, he has held numerous positions within the organization. David has held the position of Chief Executive Officer since 2002. In this position, David is engrossed in all aspects of the organization, including business development, budgeting, public relations, finance, and acting as a liaison between WFDC staff and the board of directors.