Food processing apprenticeships through AJAC

Food Processing Apprenticeships

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We're More Than Aerospace...

When AJAC launched in 2008, our organization was oriented around building comprehensive pathways and organizational capacity to support the state’s local aerospace workforce through registered apprenticeship. In our first ten years, AJAC partnered with over 200 aerospace employers across Washington State to create holistic programs such as machining, fabrication, and tool and die making to meet their training needs.

In 2019, AJAC saw an emergence of local food processing manufacturers who had similar challenges to companies operating in the aerospace sector. These challenges ranged from an inability to find skilled workers to identifying incumbent worker retraining programs.

Through community partnerships and employer engagement, AJAC took the leap to develop rich and diverse apprenticeship programs that meet the needs of food processors that create a variety of products, specifically including potato, apple, hops, and seafood products.

As Washington’s largest non-profit advanced manufacturing training organization, AJAC offers apprenticeship training at little to no cost to ALL employers in the food processing industry. At AJAC, we have industry experts on staff to help food manufacturers and processors with their safety, sanitation, technology, maintenance and production needs.

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Programs We Offer

Apprenticeship in Industrial Machine Operator

Industrial Machine Operator

Every industrial machine requires an operator to interact with it to set parameters, adjust parameters, perform initial set up, ensure quality standards are adhered to. There are a wide variety of machinery to consider when discussing Machine Operations:

  • Robotic Packaging Machinery
  • Robotic Sorting Equipment
  • Food Processing equipment and a variety of auxiliary equipment

What Classes Are Offered?

AJAC’s Industrial Machine Operator program enhances your company’s OJT training with critical career theory delivered through the following college-level classes:

  • Safety & Sanitation
  • Industrial Maintenance & Mechatronics 1
  • Industrial Maintenance & Mechatronics 2
  • Quality Assurance & Inspection
  • Food & Material Science
  • Food Manufacturing Technology
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Industrial Maintenance Technician apprentice

Industrial Maintenance Technician

Industrial Maintenance Technicians install, repair and maintain commercial or industrial machinery in buildings, a plant, or a manufacturing setting. These technicians ensure all machines function properly through troubleshooting and preventive maintenance service.

What Classes Are Offered?

AJAC’s Industrial Maintenance Technician program enhances your company’s OJT training with critical career theory delivered through the following college-level classes:

  • Engineering Drawings
  • Lifting & Rigging
  • Precision Machining
  • Machine Automation Theory
  • Materials, Processes and References
  • Maintenance Welding
  • Math for Industrial Maintenance
  • Maintenance Machining
  • Electrical Systems
  • Mechanical, Hydraulic and Pneumatic System
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Membership Benefits

Employer Benefits

  • Nationally-Recognized Pre-Apprenticeship & Apprenticeship Programs Open to All Employers
  • Customized Internal Training Program Funded by Washington State
  • College-Level Classes Specific to Key Occupations
  • Pipelines and Connections to Adult Job Seekers, Pre-Employment Graduates, and K-12 Students
  • Eligibility for Grant Funding to Subsidize Training, Mentorship and sometimes Apprenticeship Wages
  • Connection to Industry News, Workforce Development Best Practices, and Emerging Changes to State Policy
  • Subject Matter Experts to Consult Your Training Needs
  • Professional Networking and Roundtable Events
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Apprentice Benefits

  • Earn a 5% wage increase every 6 months
  • Receive 1:1 mentorship from industry professionals
  • Zero student debt or loans
  • 50% reduced tuition
    Earn college credits that can be applied to an associates or bachelors degree
  • Earn national recognized journey-level credential
  • Apprenticeship develops workers to be on-time, meet deadlines, provide new ideas, and focus on learning and continuing education/growth.
  • Integrated competency-based learning that correlates directly to the on-the-job training portion
  • Apprentices can take what they learn in class to the worksite and what they encounter as a problem in the worksite to their class.
  • Increase the overall productivity of the company because they are creating an environment focused on skill advancement.
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Food Processing Companies We Work With

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