Washington Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship benefits: classroom instruction + on-the-job-training + wage progression = skilled and certified workforce

Grow Your Skills & Become an Apprentice

If you’re looking for a long-term career and enjoy working with tools and high-tech machinery, then a profession in advanced manufacturing in Washington State may be what you’re looking for, and apprenticeship is the way to get there.

Apprenticeship programs provide paid training to adults and high school students interested in pursuing career advancement opportunities in high demand occupations such as machinist, industrial maintenance, machine maintenance, and automation.

As an apprentice, you work at a full-time job while training with a mentor and earning wages + benefits. In addition, you attend classes typically one night a week at a local community or technical college to learn the theory behind the training.

Youth Apprentice earning Certificate or Journey-level credential through AJAC

Earn a Certificate or Journey-Level Credential Through AJAC

Within two to five years, you earn a Journey-Level Certificate, enabling you to work anywhere in the U.S. as a master tradesperson. You could also earn credit towards an associate’s degree that could turn into a four-year degree.

A career in advanced manufacturing is an opportunity to earn family wage jobs and advance in your career to become a lead, foreman, supervisor, etc.

AJAC (Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee)

Careers You Can Train for with Apprenticeship

In Washington State, to earn a journey-level credential, apprentices must be enrolled in a program approved by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, the governing body of apprenticeships in Washington.

Each apprenticeship program’s competencies vary by the occupation, and range from two to five years in length. Apprentices spend 93% of their time learning hands-on with mentors while working full-time for a partnering company. 7% of each apprenticeship also includes related supplemental instruction, more commonly known as RSI. Apprenticeship RSI classes, taught by industry professionals, teach the theory behind the occupation by connecting skills and concepts from the classroom to the shop floor.

Upon completion, AJAC apprentices receive a certificate of completion and a nationally-recognized journey-level card from the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries.

Industrial Manufacturing Technician apprentice

The Industrial Manufacturing Technicians (IMT) operate production equipment as well as assembles applicable components. Manufacturing technicians must closely follow guidelines, blueprints, and/or diagrams of the products being manufactured; this is important to ensure that all the necessary product specifications are met and comply with the company’s standards.

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Industrial Manufacturing Technician

Precision Metal Fabrication apprentice

A precision metal fabricator cuts, bends, forms and assembles precise metal parts. Like piecing together a puzzle, the fabricator produces specialized components at very high tolerances for products such as medical devices and aerospace parts.

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Precision Metal Fabricator

Industrial Machine Operator apprentice

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 different types of machinery to consider for Industrial Machine Operators including: robotic packaging machinery, robotic sorting equipment, and food processing equipment.

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Industrial Machine Operator

Plastics Process Technician apprenticeship

A Plastics Process Technicians primary job is 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.

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Plastics Process Technician

Industrial Maintenance Technician apprenticeship

AJAC’s Industrial Maintenance Technician Apprentices work in a variety of industries in Washington State, including food processing, aerospace, maritime manufacturing, biomedical manufacturing, defense, space, and packaging and assembly. 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.

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Industrial Maintenance Technician

Machinist apprenticeship

A machinist operates manually controlled and computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools such as lathes and milling machines, to cut and produce precision parts for machines, instruments, and tools. Machinists repair or produce parts using both manual and automated equipment with precise measurements. Essentially, a machinists' goal is to ensure effective production operations and optimize procedures.

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Machinist

Tool & Die Maker apprenticeship

Tool and Die Makers work with computer-controlled machinery and mechanical equipment to cut, shape and finish tools, instruments and metal parts to precision levels.

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Tool & Die Maker

CNC Programmer apprenticeships

CNC Programmers develop programs to control machining or processing of metal or plastic parts by automatic machine tools, equipment, or systems. Students in the AJAC CNC Programmer Apprenticeship will learn to use CAD and CAM fundamentals to design for manufacturability (develop tooling). Students will gain a thorough understanding of the underlying manufacturing processes that are essential to developing a part program; they will know how to build a part and will understand the role of the CNC Programmer in a team and an organization.

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CNC Programmer

10 Benefits of Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship benefits
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Earn a 5% Wage Increase Every 6 Months

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Receive 1:1 Mentorship from Industry Professionals

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Zero Student Debt or Loans

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50% Reduced Tuition

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Earn College Credits That Can Be Applied to an Associates or Bachelors Degree 

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Earn National Recognized Journey-Level Credential

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Apprenticeship Develops Workers to Be On-Time, Meet Deadlines, Provide New Ideas, and Focus On Learning and Continuing Education/Growth.

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Integrated Competency-Based Learning That Correlates Directly to the On-The-Job Training Portion

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Apprentices Can Take What They Learn in Class to the Worksite and What They Encounter as a Problem in the Worksite to Their Class.

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Increase the Overall Productivity of the Company Because They Are Creating an Environment Focused on Skill Advancement.

How Do I Get Started?

AJAC offers a variety of pathways for individuals to skill-up and find rewarding careers within the advanced manufacturing industries through registered apprenticeship. Students can complete our Getting Started form at any time to submit their information to AJAC.