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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, recognized pre-apprenticeship program is currently offered in Seattle, Renton, and Kent locations. Manufacturing Academy students will learn both soft skills and technical skills to include but not limited to applied math, assembly, introductory machining, blueprint reading, welding, 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.

NEW: Manufacturing Academy Brochure (PDF)

MA Training currently operates in the following cities and locations:

The Manufacturing Academy is approved by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for the use of post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits.

With the Manufacturing Academy, you will:

  • Develop skills to succeed in the industry including:
    • Effective communication, resume writing, interviewing and job application assistance
    • Machining, metal fabrication, composites, assembly, math for manufacturing, blueprint reading, with certification in forklift, flagger and OSHA
  • Receive hands-on training from industry professionals
  • Earn college credits
  • Connect with local manufacturing employers regarding potential career opportunities
  • Obtain insight about career pathways; including education and apprenticeship opportunities
  • Tour local advanced manufacturing companies

Your Pathway into the Manufacturing Academy:

(Required) Attend AJAC’s two-day Advanced Manufacturing Prep (AMP) training which will provide:
  • Knowledge into advanced manufacturing pathways – including Manufacturing Academy and AJAC’s adult apprenticeship programs
  • An overview of advanced manufacturing from an insider’s perspective
  • Industry-ready soft skills training
  • Resume and cover letter writing from industry experts
  • Mock interviews with participating employers
  • An opportunity to pre-qualify for program funding and human services
  • Drug screening
  • Advanced Manufacturing Prep certificate of completion

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“I found a job at Kitsap composites in Port Orchard, a quality parts manufacturer for the aerospace industry. While interviewing, they gave me a four page math test, four page soft skills evaluation, and a eight page machinist test on trigonometry and blueprint reading. It wasn’t easy but with the training the Manufacturing Academy gave me, I did well, a 92%. I got a manual machinist job with them an they’re going to train me on their CNC machines as well. I see a lot of potential for my employment here.”

– Amos Neuschwander, 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


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY – EQUAL ACCESS – It is the mission of AJAC that the 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. Bates Technical College reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in its programs and activities in accordance with college policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. 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.