Why Apprentices Value AJAC – Apprentice Testimonials

Washington State aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries depend on apprentices from the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC). These aerospace apprentices are our next generation workforce and currently receive the education and training they need to be highly skilled in the trades. Below you will read testimonials about how past and current apprentices have benefited since beginning the AJAC aerospace and advanced apprenticeship program.

“The AJAC program has been more than beneficial to me since my first day of enrollment. My initiative to participate in the program earned me an immediate promotion to part-time CNC programmer and draftsman, allowing me to expand my current knowledge in machining. Within my first year of the program, my path in the industry became more defined than ever. Talking with other students from different shops has broadened my outlook towards the manufacturing industry. Over the course of the year I learned more about math than I ever did throughout high school and my instructor designated an entire quarter to shop procedures – both made job planning at work much smoother. The AJAC program has kept me interested in this trade. I plan on becoming a tool and die maker, a shop foreman or a teacher. My career has become more of a hobby to me than work.”

Anthony Green
Machinist/Programming Apprentice
Exact Aerospace – Auburn, WA

“The skills I’ve gained in the AJAC program through manufacturing basics and lean manufacturing has helped me improve my efficiency and problem solving abilities during production. I’m also learning math skills that are proving to be very vital to my every day work. Overall, I believe that all of the new skills I’m picking up through the AJAC program will greatly benefit me and my company.”

Dan Porter

Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. – Seattle, WA

“Through the AJAC program, I have learned how to work in all areas of a shop and use a variety of machines. I can now make parts on manual machines as well as CNC machines and I have improved my blueprint reading skills. Because of this program, I now have a career, not just a job. I’m learning skills I can use throughout my life that will help me stay competitive in my industry and make me an asset to my company. In addition, the program has boosted my confidence.”

Miley Johnson
Sheet Metal Technician

Orion – Federal Way, WA

To find out how you can become an apprentice, visit AJAC’s Get Started Section.