Get the Skills Employers Require with Pre-Apprenticeship Training

The Manufacturing Academy (MA), sponsored by the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) offers a solid foundational career pathway into aerospace and advanced manufacturing apprenticeship opportunities. This 10 week, no-cost*, recognized pre-apprenticeship program is currently offered online through Seattle, Kent, and Yakima Washington.

Manufacturing Academy students will learn both soft skills and technical skills to include but not limited to applied math, blueprint reading, interview techniques, and industry tours with AJAC partnering companies.

Upon completion, students will have the basic foundational skills to find gainful entry-level employment and may meet the minimum qualifications to pursue additional career pathways in advanced manufacturing through AJAC’s portfolio of apprenticeship programs.

*Manufacturing Academy students can receive training at no-cost depending on the training location and grant funding. Please speak with your Manufacturing Academy navigator to qualify for no-cost training. 

Develop Skills. Earn Certifications.

Program Locations & Start Dates

Note: To become a Manufacturing Academy student, you must attend a mandatory orientation at the location you would like to enroll in. For the Winter 2021 Cohort, class and orientation will be held online.  

Seattle, Washington

  • Location: South Seattle College (Online)
  • Structure of Program: Online Only for Winter 2021
  • Class Requirement: Reliable Internet Access, Laptop/Personal Computer
  • Orientation Date: Winter cohort will complete orientation online.
  • Class Start Date: January 7, 2021 – March 19, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Length of Program: 10 Weeks (Monday – Friday)

Kent, Washington

  • Location: Advanced Manufacturing Prep Training Center (Online)
  • Structure of Program: Online Only for Winter 2021
  • Class Requirement: Reliable Internet Access, Laptop/Personal Computer
  • Orientation Date: Winter cohort will complete orientation online.
  • Class Start Date: January 7, 2021 – March 19, 2021 | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Length of Program: 10 Weeks (Monday – Friday)

Yakima, Washington

  • Location: Yakima, Washington
  • Structure of Program: Online/Hybrid (a majority of this class will be delivered via online instruction)
  • Class Requirement: Reliable Internet Access
  • Orientation Date: Orientation will be held online. A date is to be determined.
  • Class Start Date: September 21, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Length of Program: 11 Weeks (Monday – Friday)

With the Manufacturing Academy, you will:

  • Develop skills to succeed in the industry including:
    • Math for manufacturing
    • Blueprint reading
    • Lean manufacturing
    • Effective communication, resume writing, interviewing and job application assistance
  • Receive training from industry professionals
  • Earn college credits
  • Obtain insight about career pathways; including education and apprenticeship opportunities
  • Tour local advanced manufacturing companies (pending company approval)

Your Pathway into the Skilled Trades:

  1. Complete an online application
  2. After application is processed, a navigator will contact you within 2 business days to secure your spot at the next orientation
  3. Complete mandatory orientation paperwork supplied by navigator
  4. Enroll in the Manufacturing Academy
  5. Attend class, learn and pass quizzes
  6. Earn industry certifications and certificate of completion

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“I work for Avenue5 residential in downtown Seattle in their maintenance engineering department. The only reason I was able to be in this position was because of the certification and knowledge I received with AJAC. It’s through the diligence of individuals at AJAC that gave me the opportunity to succeed in life in a way that has escaped me years before.”

– Manufacturing Academy Graduate

“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


AJAC’s mission is to provide exceptional and responsive apprenticeships, innovative supporting signature training with cutting-edge curriculum and highly effective trade’s trainers. AJAC offers a method for transferring the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills between generations of the workforce, thus promoting the value of contributing to the next generation.

Training of apprentices shall be without discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or as otherwise specified by law.  AJAC also encourages women, minorities and veterans to apply with their employer.

 South Seattle College is committed to the concept and practice of equal opportunity for all its students, employees, and applicants in education, employment, services and contracts, and does not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity, color, age, national origin, religion, marital status, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or disabled veteran status, political affiliation or belief, citizenship/status as a lawfully admitted immigrant authorized to work in the United States, or presence of any physical, sensory, or mental disability, except where a disability may impede performance at an acceptable level. In addition, reasonable accommodations will be made for known physical or mental limitations for all otherwise qualified persons with disabilities.

Video Attribution: A special thanks to Seattle College Cable TV for providing AJAC with footage of the Manufacturing Academy program.