Get Trained in 10 weeks for Entry-Level Jobs in Advanced Manufacturing!

In Tacoma, WA, the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC), and Bates Technical College offer the Manufacturing Academy, a NO COST*, full-time, 10-week pre-apprenticeship program. The Manufacturing Academy will give you the technical hands-on training and certifications you need to apply for an entry-level job in advanced manufacturing occupations such as Machining, Industrial Maintenance Technician or Industrial Manufacturing Technician.

UPDATE: The Tacoma Manufacturing Academy is currently unavailable to the general public. A new start date will be posted on this web page when it becomes available.

As a Manufacturing Academy student you will:

  • Earn college credits
  • Develop knowledge and experience with basic hand tools, composites, metal fabrication, assembly,  sheet metal, metal forming, precision measuring tools and major manufacturing equipment, blueprint reading, industrial safety, job planning, basic electrical, physics, applied manufacturing math, etc.
  • Learn effective communication, resume writing and interviewing skills
  • Gain certifications in CPR/First Aid, OSHA 10, Flagging, Forklift and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt
  • Connect with local aerospace and manufacturing employers regarding potential career opportunities

When?: The Next Tacoma Manufacturing Academy Class is TBD.
Time?: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where?: Bates Technical College – Downtown Campus | Building B, Room W-109 | 1101 S. Yakima Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405

How do I get started?

(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

You MUST attend AJAC’s two-day Advanced Manufacturing Prep (AMP) training prior to enrollment. Each two-day training is held from 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Bates Technical College – Downtown Campus in Building A, Room 222. To learn more about the AMP training, including upcoming dates, please go here.

To enroll in our Advanced Manufacturing Prep training, submit your application here.

Questions? Please Contact: Derek Jones | 206-737-8347 |

*This training is at no cost for eligible participants. Please contact Derek Jones to learn more about eligibility requirements.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY – EQUAL ACCESS – It is the mission of the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) that training shall be without discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or as otherwise specified by law. Bates Technical College reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, 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. Bates publications are available in alternate formats upon request by contacting the Disability Support Services Office at 253.680.7010.