How to Meet the Minimum Qualifications and Customize your Resume

How Do I Meet the Minimum Qualifications?

Make sure that you are ready for apprenticeship and have the skills that will drive you to succeed. Below are resources to help you meet the minimum qualifications for the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) aerospace and advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program in Washington State.

  • Employment: Currently working for a manufacturing company AJAC has partnered with. AJAC is an employer-sponsored program – we only enroll apprentices whom our companies select for apprenticeship
  • Age: At least 17 years old. (Exception: 16 for applicants currently enrolled in high school or equivalent credit recovery program).
  • Physical: Able to perform the physical requirements of the occupation, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Education: All occupations unless otherwise noted:
    • High School diploma/equivalent or working toward a high school diploma/equivalent. A two-year Associate’s degree will be accepted in lieu of a high school diploma equivalent.
    • Production Technician (Youth) and Maintenance/Automation Technician (Youth): enrolled in high school or equivalent credit recovery program.
  • Youth Apprenticeship: Youth Apprenticeship qualifications can be found here.
  • Testing: Persons entering an apprenticeship must have completed the World Work Inventory (WOWI) assessment with a minimum score of 27.78 in numerical, 34.95 in verbal or have successfully completed a college Math and English class at 90 level or above.
    • Once the Apprenticeship Application is submitted, we will email the new apprentice a login and password for the WOWI exam.
    • Please be aware, if the applicant goes to WOWI directly to create their own log-in and take the exam, they will be charged a fee.
    • If they have completed the college classes, a copy of their college transcript will need to be submitted for proof of completion.
    • Exception: Production Technician (Youth) and Maintenance/Automation Technician (Youth entering the youth apprenticeship program may show successful completion of high school level Algebra and English relating to graduation requirements in place of the WOWI test scores.

How to Prepare Before I am 16 Years Old?

High School juniors (16 years of age and older) who are enrolled at a high school which AJAC has partnered with are eligible for AJAC’s Production Technician (Youth) Apprenticeship or Automation Technician (Youth) Apprenticeship program.

For students who are not eligible for our Youth Apprenticeship program, there are many training programs that help prepare people under the age of 16 for a career in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. Many local-area high schools have hands-on classes related to the trades, including engineering, wood shop, machining, automotive, welding, etc. Similarly, many high schools also have partnerships with local skills centers. Talk with your counselor about enrolling at a skills center near you. For more information about pathways into an AJAC apprenticeship, go here.

How Can I Get My GED?
If you are planning to get your high school diploma, re-submit your information to AJAC after you graduate. To get your GED, check with your local community or technical college for classes and testing. There are also online options that are available.

How Can I Prepare for and Take an Assessment Test?

Please refer to our Assessment Information and Preparation Tools and review the many locations that offer the World of Work Inventory (WOWI).

How can I Customize my Resume for the Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Industries?

Please refer to this sample resume when customizing your resume for work in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. You can also visit WorkSource offices anywhere in Washington State to get help preparing your resume.

Transferrable Skills in the Aerospace Industry 
If you have any of the following skills, please list each one under the appropriate position in your resume and explain how you demonstrated those skills.

  1. Knowledge or experience in the production process– whether you’re a dental assistant, sandwich maker, or precision machinist, you probably have learned and worked in some type of production process. Elements of a production process include:
    • Meeting deadlines
    • Following specific directions or guidelines
    • Achieving daily, weekly, or monthly goals
    • Measuring
    • Quality assurance activities

    You will need to have a strong working knowledge of the production process to work in aerospace and advanced manufacturing. List and describe on your resume which job responsibilities you have had in the past that incorporates production techniques (e.g., room turnover for dental assistants or making sandwiches or pizzas correctly according to company guidelines).

  2. Attention to detail – Machined parts made for the aerospace industry are made with extremely high precision. Being accurate is extremely important. List and describe on your resume any skills or experience that demonstrates your ability to be accurate and detail-oriented.
  3. Math skills – Production workers in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries use high-level math (e.g., Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry) on a daily basis. List and describe on your resume any past jobs and tasks which required mathematical calculations.
  4. Technical skills or mechanical aptitude – in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries, you will work with your hands, so experience in auto repair, woodworking, metalworking, etc., may also be transferrable. List and describe on your resume any past jobs, classes or hobbies that exhibit your technical skills or mechanical aptitude.

Aerospace Apprenticeship Assessment Information and Preparation Tools

WORLD OF WORK INVENTORY (WOWI) The WOWI is AJAC’s preferred assessment tool because it provides the most information about interests, aptitudes and abilities and can be used to determine whether you meet the minimum qualifications for an aerospace apprenticeship. In Washington State, the WOWI is offered by many workforce and retraining agencies. It is also available for a reduced fee from wowidirect.com. After completing the WOWI assessment, your results will be immediately available and will provide valuable information about specific careers based on your interests and aptitudes.To take the WOWI Assessment:

  • visit wowidirect.com to register
  • Take the assessment
  • At the end of the assessment, enter the promotional code: AJAC* to receive your results

*50% discount off of the original assessment fee.

Taking the WOWI Assessment does not place you in AJAC’s apprenticeship program. The WOWI is one method AJAC uses to determine whether you meet the minimum requirements to be qualified to enter an apprenticeship.

ASSESSMENT PREPARATION

There are many websites where you can find information and practice problems for each of these assessments. If you have not taken an assessment recently, we recommend that you practice beforehand. AJAC does not endorse any specific sites; however, the following will be useful in preparing to take the test. The key to succeeding on any of these assessments is to do many practice problems.

English
Compass Writing Sample Test
Compass Reading Sample Test
ACT COMPASS Writing Skills Sample Test Questions
ACT COMPASS Reading Skills Sample Test Questions

Mechanical Aptitude
The Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude

Math
In order to meet the minimum qualifications for apprenticeship, please focus on the following specific areas when visiting the web sites listed below:

  • Operations with Integers
  • Operations with Fractions
  • Operations with Decimals
  • Positive Integer Exponents, Square Roots, and Scientific Notation
  • Ratios and Proportions
  • Percentages
  • Averages (Means, Medians, and Modes)

Math.com
Compass Pre-Algebra Test
Algebra 1 Practice Tests
ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra
Advanced Geometry Practice Tests
ACT COMPASS Math Practice Tests
Mathematics Sample Test Questions
Compass/ESL Mathematics Sample Test Questions
Oakland Community College Math Department Practice Test
ACCUPLACER Arithmetic Resources
ACT Math Practice Tests

How do I Prepare Myself for Success?

To prepare yourself for success, you can improve your basic skills through a variety of training programs including pre-employment and pre-apprenticeship training.

Regional Community College and Technical School Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing Training Programs

Another option is to consider enrolling in one of the aerospace advanced manufacturing training programs below: