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Hire Your Next Employee from the Manufacturing Academy

Need Skilled and Qualified Employees to Fill your Entry-level Positions?

There is a tremendous need for high quality training and connections to community resources that provide employers with skilled talent needed to fill entry and mid-level job openings. 

The Manufacturing Academy (MA), sponsored by the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) partners with the local aerospace and advanced manufacturing industry to connect hiring employers with knowledgeable, qualified, and well-trained individuals looking to start their manufacturing career.

MA provides hands-on training from industry professionals introducing key skills needed for machining, industrial maintenance, automation, logistics, and includes opportunities to develop communication, resume writing, interviewing and job application assistance. 

During the 10-week program, students will learn soft-skills, math for manufacturing, assembly, blueprint reading, precision measuring, intro to machining and automation, with certifications in forklift, CPR First-Aid, OSHA-10 and LEAN Manufacturing processes. 

Employers who participate in the Manufacturing Academy receive the following benefits:

  • No-cost to interview or hire graduates regardless of their employment outcome. 
  • Employer driven curriculum aligned with industry standards and trends.
  • Host tours and market your company to potential new employees. 
  • Direct connection and insight into AJAC’s apprenticeship programs
  • Opportunities to employ competent, efficient and skilled employees
  • Lower cost-per-hire and increased employee retention
  • Exclusive access to highly-qualified, reliable and dedicated entry-level employees

Populations We Serve:

Through its ongoing engagement with business, AJAC recognizes that employers are hungry to find new talent, and our programs are designed to prepare individuals who are ready to invest time and effort into their career development through intensive preparatory pre-apprenticeship training. Our programs and partnerships are also designed to serve a diverse group of underserved populations including (but not limited to) women, young adults without a high school diploma, refugee and immigrant communities, people with criminal backgrounds, and low-income working adults. 

AJAC works with local nonprofits, workforce development councils, and community-based organizations to encourage underserved populations to enroll in the program and provide them with an opportunity to grow and develop tangible manufacturing skills.

Get Started

If you would like to partner with AJAC’s Manufacturing Academy or speak with one of our staff members, please send us an email at and we look forward to learning more about your hiring needs. 

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. WorkForce Central and WorkSource are equal opportunity employers and providers of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities. Language services for clients are provided free of charge. WA Relay Services: 1-800-833-6384.