AJAC Apprenticeship Programs

Advancing Apprenticeships. Empowering Employers. 

Washington State aerospace and advanced manufacturing companies who participate in AJAC’s apprenticeship programs as a registered Training Agent can enroll employees in the apprenticeship programs listed below.

If a company has 15 or more employees that need training in one of AJAC’s currently registered occupations, AJAC can create a new program exclusively for that company. The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s (AJAC) apprentices receive on-the-job training (OJT) during the day at a company’s job site and take classes one night a week at a community/technical college in these areas.

These programs are driven by employer need, based on industry demand and future needs as technology drives new, innovative products. Graduating from these programs will allow apprentices to work in a variety of industries. These industries include, food processing, maritime manufacturing, biomedical manufacturing, packaging and assembly, space, defense, and aerospace.

Current Apprenticeship Programs Locations

Machining (Apprenticeship)

AJAC’s machining program is taught to advanced precision levels and gives your employees the opportunity to learn and enhance their knowledge of a variety of skills. These skills include: Shop Math, CNC Technology, CAD/CAM, Inspection, Metallurgy and Advanced Materials, Cutting Tools, Conventional and Advanced Machining and Print Reading. Apprentices are also introduced to other cutting-edge technologies, such as Waterjet and Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM).

Program Outline

Program Length: 4 years | 8,000 hours

King County

  • Enumclaw
  • Renton
  • Seattle
  • Kent

Pierce County

  • Tacoma

Snohomish County

  • Arlington
  • Everett

Spokane County

  • Spokane

Benton/Franklin Counties

  • Pasco

Whatcom County

  • Bellingham

Tool and Die Maker (Apprenticeship)

AJAC’s Tool and Die Maker apprenticeship program is the fifth year of AJAC’s Machining (Aircraft-Oriented) apprenticeship program. Apprentices are required to complete the four-year machining program before starting the one year Tool and Die Maker program. This program will give your employees the opportunity to learn and enhance their knowledge of a variety of skills including: Tool Layout and Design, Jig Bore and Grinding, Heat Treating, Tool Steel Welding, Equipment Use (Milling Machine, Engine Lathe, Grinder (surface, tool), Drilling Machines), Electric Discharge Mach. OPR. (EDM), CNC Programming & Operations, Shop Maintenance and review, and Bench Work.

Program Outline

Program Length: 5 years | 10,000 hours

King County

  • Renton
  • Seattle
  • Enumclaw

Pierce County

  • Tacoma

Snohomish County

  • Everett

Spokane County

  • Spokane

Industrial Maintenance Technician (Apprenticeship)

AJAC’s Industrial Maintenance Technician apprenticeship program is a four-year apprenticeship program. This program will give your employees the opportunity to learn and enhance their knowledge of a variety of skills including: engineering drawings, lifting and rigging, precision machining, machine automation theory, welding, maintenance machining and eletrical, mechanic, hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

Program Outline

Program Length: 4 years | 8,000 hours

King County

  • Seattle

Snohomish County

  • Arlington

Franklin County

  • Pasco

Whatcom County

  • Bellingham

Spokane County

  • Spokane

Yakima County

  • Yakima
  • Union Gap

Benton/Franklin Counties

  • Pasco

Plastic Process Technician  (Apprenticeship)

AJAC’s Plastic Process Technician is a  four-year apprenticeship program. These apprentices are taught to set up, monitor and troubleshoot plastic injection-molding machines. This requires specialized knowledge of materials, specific tools, and equipment. Troubleshooting tasks might include dealing with inconsistent material, faulty equipment, human error, and preventing defects from occurring.

Program Outline

Program Length: 4 years | 8,000 hours

King County

  • Seattle

Pierce County

  • Tacoma

Snohomish County

  • Edmonds
  • Alrington

Industrial Manufacturing Technician  (Apprenticeship)

Industrial Manufacturing Technician is an entry-level apprenticeship program designed by AJAC to skill-up production workers. These apprentices set-up, operate, monitor, and control production equipment in addition to improving manufacturing processes.

Program Outline

Program Length: 1.5 years | 3,000 hours

Snohomish County

  • Everett

King County

  • Seattle
  • Kent

Pierce County

  • Tacoma

Production Technician (Youth)  

AJAC’s Production Technician (Youth) Apprenticeship program is designed for 16 and 17 year olds high school students who are looking to advance their skill-set, knowledge and understanding of advanced manufacturing.

The job duties of a Production Technician is to set-up, test, and adjust advanced manufacturing machinery or equipment, using a combination of electrical, electronic, mechanic, hydraulic, pneumatic, or computer technologies. Production Technicians will work hands-on with computer aided design (CAD), analytical and scientific software.

Program Outline| Youth Webpage

Program Length: 2 years | 2,000 hours

King County

  • Renton

Pierce County

  • Tacoma
  • Puyallup

Snohomish County

  • Everett
  • Arlington
  • Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center

Yakima County

  • Yakima

Spokane County

  • Spokane

Automation Technician (Youth)  

AJAC’s Automation Technician (Youth) Apprenticeship program is designed for 16 and 17 year olds high school students who are looking to advance their skill-set, knowledge and understanding of advanced manufacturing.

Automation technicians repair and maintain the computer-controlled systems and robotic devices used within industrial and commercial facilities to reduce human intervention and maximize efficiency. Automation Technicians can work in a variety of fields such as food processing, aerospace, maritime manufacturing, biomedical manufacturing, defense, space, and packaging and assembly.

Their duties require knowledge of electronics, mechanics, pneumatics and computers.

Program Outline| Youth Webpage

Program Length: 2 years | 2,000 hours

Pierce County

  • Puyallup

Grant County

  • Moses Lake

Yakima County

  • Yakima
  • Union Gap

King County

  • Seattle

Manufacturing Academy (Apprenticeship Preparation)

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, industry-recognized pre-apprenticeship program is currently offered in several locations in Western Washington.

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

Find out more about the Manufacturing Academy and how your company can participate.

Program Length: 10 weeks

Pierce County

  • Tacoma

King County

  • Seattle
  • Federal Way
  • Kent

*Based on employer demand

To start an AJAC apprenticeship program at your company, contact AJAC at 206-764-7940 or info@ajactraining.org or online.