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Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee Newsletter
Fall 2012 
 

Working with employers to create apprenticeship programs to develop the next generation of highly skilled aerospace and advanced manufacturing workers for Washington State.ate.  

In This Issue
12 Students Graduate from the Manufacturing Academy
Boeing Shares Engineering Drawings with AJAC
AJAC's Executive Director Speaks at the National Governors Association Meeting
Job-Seekers Meet with Local Employers at the Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Job Fair
Video: How an AJAC Apprenticeship Program Works
AJAC Provides Free Advanced Inspection Training to Apprentices and Incumbent Workers
AJAC and ANEW Create a WorkSource Website Portal
AJAC Offers Two Days of Training to the ANEW Trades Rotation
AJAC is Looking for Instructors!
AJAC Outreaches to Veterans, Women and Students about the Value of Apprenticeship
AJAC Events
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12 Students Graduate from the Manufacturing Academy

On October 3, 2012, 12 students graduated from the Manufacturing Academy- a 10-week pre-employment program conducted by the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) in partnership with WorkForce Central and local manufacturing employers. This program provides students with industry related knowledge, skills and certifications necessary to fill entry level jobs in advanced manufacturing and/or aerospace industries. Skills include but are not limited to manufacturing basics, blueprint reading, welding and composites, with certification in forklift, flagger, OSHA and lean processes.

 

The partnership with WorkForce Central provides the program with recruitment, assessment, screening, and one week of soft skills training prior to selection into the nine week technical training provided by AJAC. Manufacturing Academy provides students a pathway to enter into an apprenticeship or continue their education with Washington State local community and technical colleges while providing long-term employment and a career ladder for graduates to support the growing number of jobs in the aerospace and manufacturing industries.  

 

Congratulations to the 12 students who graduated with the skills, competencies and certifications necessary to be successful in the trades!

Fall Classes are in Session! 

 

The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) fall apprenticeship classes started back up this September. Currently, AJAC is offering classes in the Aircraft Oriented Machining and Aircraft Mechanics programs.

 

AJAC apprenticeship programs are offered in the following locations: 

  • Franklin County
    • Columbia Basin College - Machining  
  • King County
    • Renton Technical College - Machining and Tool & Die Maker
    • South Seattle Community College - Aircraft Mechanics 
  • Pierce County
    • Bates Technical College - Machining and Tool & Die Maker  
  • Spokane County    
    • Spokane Community College - Machining  
  • Snohomish County
    • Everett Community College - Machining  

In January 2013, three new AJAC apprenticeship programs are starting:   

  • Aircraft Oriented Machining in Yakima County
  • Precision Metal Fabrication in Skagit and King Counties  

 

AJAC is currently in the process of developing programs for additional aerospace and advanced manufacturing occupations including Composite Technician, Aircraft Interiors Assembly Mechanic and Maintenance Machinist



Boeing Shares Engineering Drawings with AJAC 

 

Boeing recently shared engineering drawings with the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) to use as a teaching aid for apprenticeship, pre-apprenticeship and the Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU) classes. These drawings are a valuable resource for training and allow AJAC apprentices to learn all aspects of technical drawings including Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerance (GD&T) and job planning. Apprentices learn with real live drawings of aircraft parts and assemblies, allowing them to better understand the design and production process. AJAC thanks Boeing for their ongoing partnership and commitment to apprenticeship, and dedication to workforce development!

 

AJAC's Executive Director Speaks at the National Governors Association Meeting


On September 28, the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) Executive Director, Laura Hopkins, spoke at the National Governors Association Meeting regarding the Final Policy Academy Meeting "Making" Our Future: Encouraging Growth Opportunities in Manufacturing through Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment. The Policy Academy was created to assist states in developing and implementing successful economic development strategies, and to encourage growth in manufacturing.

 

Hopkins spoke during the breakfast briefing on the topic of "Manufacturing Workforce Strategy," and discussed who AJAC is, the AJAC apprenticeship training model and how the AJAC apprenticeship program provides employers a proven method to capture the knowledge of their most highly skilled tradespeople and pass it on to their next generation workforce in the aerospace and manufacturing industries. The AJAC apprenticeship program combines on-the-Job training with related classroom instruction ensuring employees are receiving the training they need to stay competitive in the aerospace and manufacturing industry.


THE AIM-MTU IS NOW OPEN FOR CLASSES!
 
Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU)
Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU)

Sign up your employees now to get trained in Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing without stopping production on your shop floor with AJAC's Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU). The AIM-MTU is a 53-foot classroom on wheels that offers state-of-the-art equipment combining training in design, production and inspection. The AIM-MTU  can travel anywhere in Washington State to your company, and train your employees on your schedule.   

 

Courses available include:

    • Modularized Math for Manufacturing 1, 2, and 3
    • Engineering Drawings  
    • ROMER Arm Portable Coordinate Measuring Machine (PCMM)
    • Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM)
    • Digital Microscope
    • Hardness Tester
    • 3D Printer (w/Solidworks)

More courses available soon!   

 

Find out more about these courses and how the AIM-MTU can bring them to your company.



Job-Seekers Meet with Local Employers at the Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Job Fair

 

WorkSource Seattle-King County Business Services partnered with the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC), Air Washington and the Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center (WATR) to create an Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Job Fair on October 3, 2012 held at South Seattle Community College - Georgetown Campus.  

 

At this event, graduates of AJAC's Manufacturing Academy, the WATR center and Air Washington funded advanced manufacturing training programs, as well as, experienced manufacturing job seekers had the chance to speak with local employers and industry professionals about career opportunities currently available. Exhibitors included employers and training programs from many different occupations such as manufacturing assembly, composites manufacturing, airframe and powerplant, CNC and manual machining.

 

AJAC also provided tours of its Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU), a 53 foot classroom on wheels that travels across Washington State to supplement apprenticeship training at community and technical colleges and offers employers short-term manufacturing and inspection training. The AIM-MTU gives employers the opportunity to train their employees on location and on their schedule, without stopping production. During these tours, employers and job seekers learned about technical training and  current AIM-MTU courses AJAC has to offer. For more information about the AIM-MTU contact AJAC at aim-mtu@ajactraining.org or 206-764-7940.

 


AJAC's Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU)

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

             AIM-MTU Sponsorship

           Opportunities Available!

 

Sponsorship packages include a number of ways for your organization to gain exposure, such as:

  • Logo placement on:
    • The 53' AIM-MTU trailer
    • AIM-MTU marketing materials and web site
  • Invitation to events
  • Cross marketing opportunities 
  • Plus more!

To find out how you can become an AIM-MTU sponsor and get increased exposure for your company check out our sponsorship packages or contact Megan Fiess at 206-388-9336 or  AIM-MTU@ajactraining.org

 

 

Video: How an AJAC Apprenticeship Program Works in Four Steps 


The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) recently produced a video describing how a Washington State aerospace and advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program works in four steps. Listen to AJAC and one of its participating employers, Precision Machine Works, explain how AJAC can help companies train their workforce with a combination of on-the-job training experience and classroom instruction. Through the AJAC apprenticeship program employees can earn while they learn and employers can increase their workforce skills without disrupting production. Watch this video and find out how employers can grow their Washington State business:

 


AJAC Provides Free Advanced Inspection Training to Apprentices and Incumbent Workers on the Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU)  


Through the State Energy Sector Partnership grant and in partnership with  Workforce Development Council Snohomish County (WDCSC), the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) successfully completed three training courses to apprentices and incumbent workers on its Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU).  

 

This grant allowed AJAC to offer local aerospace and manufacturing companies at no cost, the opportunity to provide their employees centrally-located advanced inspection training.

 

The AIM-MTU Courses offered to these workers included:

  • 16 hour training on the Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) - August 2, 2012
  • 16 hour training on the ROMER Arm Portable Coordinate Measuring Machine (PCMM) - September 5, 2012
  • 8 hours training on Technical Drawings - October 4, 2012

AJAC contracted with Workforce Development Council Snohomish County (WDCSC)to offer training for three in-demand green and energy efficient skills and offered this free training to aerospace and manufacturing companies in the following counties: Clallam, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, San Juan Islands, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom.  

 


Need Assistance Completing Your Airman Certificate and/or Rating (8610-2) Application? AJAC Can Help!

   

If you have 18+ months of documented practical experience maintaining aircraft, AJAC can advise you through the entire process of completing your Airman Certificate and/or Rating (8610-2) application, requesting permission from the FAA to test for:

 

  • Airframe certificate, or
  • Powerplant certificate, or   
  • Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) certificate
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    AJAC can assist you by:  

     

  • Reviewing your documented practical experience required by 14 CRF Part 65.77
  • Creating an 8610-2 application package including all of your documented experience and on-the-job training (OJT) that you can take to the FAA for approval
  • Providing a recommendation letter from AJAC to the FAA in support of your  Airman Certificate (8610-2) and/or Rating (8610-2) application  
  • And more!
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    Get FAA A&P test and application support from AJAC now!

     

    *AJAC cannot and does not guarantee FAA approval. The FAA is the only authority who can determine eligibility.  



    AJAC and ANEW Create a WorkSource Website Portal


    Based on the "2009 Collaboration for Success Training Model," the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) joined forces with Apprenticeship & Nontraditional Employment for Women (ANEW) to fund and create a new online reference called the WorkSource-Apprenticeship Portal.  This portal provides an easy access of information about registered apprenticeship in Washington State to one stop-Washington WorkSource professionals helping them understand important apprenticeship facts and guidelines and giving them necessary tools to better help job seekers understand Registered Apprenticeship.  The WorkSource Apprenticeship Portal also has useful links for organizations, and resources to help clients research, apply and interview for an apprenticeship program.  Explore this new site and answer many of your frequently asked questions about apprenticeship and how it works. 

     



    AJAC Offers Two Days of Training to the ANEW Trades Rotation


    The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) partnered with the Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW) to introduce 10 of their pre-apprentices to the manufacturing trade on September 19-20, 2012. ANEW is a non-profit organization that offers pre-apprenticeship training programs to women. ANEW helps women qualify for an apprenticeship in the trades, earn a living wage and have a rewarding career.

     

    ANEW's 12-week Trades Rotation Program (TRP) offers its pre-apprentices the opportunity to explore; various trades in King and Snohomish Counties, instructional courses, workshops and gain exposure to the industry.  The TRP partners with many different apprenticeship programs in Washington State, including AJAC. Some of the trades include carpentry, electrical, operating engineering and manufacturing. The TRP provides hands-on training to develop skills necessary for their specific industry.

     

    AJAC took part in the TRP by using its Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU), a 53-foot classroom on wheels, complete with state-of-the-art equipment and technology.  AJAC spent two days on the AIM-MTU training the ANEW apprentices on hand tools such as micrometers, calipers and surface plate inspection procedures, math including fractions, decimals and metric conversions, and computer aided drafting (CAD).  

     

    Taught by AJAC AIM-MTU Program Specialist and Instructor, Terry Hegel, the pre-apprentices had the opportunity to learn the basic skills of technical drawing, perspective and design. They also gained experience using hand inspection equipment. After two full days of instruction and one-on-one training, participants grew in their knowledge, skills and experience in manufacturing.

     

     

     

     



    AJAC is Looking for Machining and Precision Metal Fabrication Instructors!  

    Share Your Knowldege and Skills with the Next Generation!

     

    The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) is currently recruiting:
    • Experienced MACHINISTS and PRECISION METAL FABRICATORS to teach Aircraft-Oriented Machining and/or Precision Metal Fabrication classes   

    Teaching opportunities are available in the following counties and areas:

    • Clark (Vancouver)
    • King  (Seattle) 
    • Pierce (Tacoma) 
    • Snohomish  (Arlington, Everett)  

    Benefits include:

    • Competitive pay
    • Part-time/evening hours
    • Instructor training  
    • Opportunity to become an even more valuable resource to your industry

     

    If you are interested in passing on your machining and aerospace manufacturing knowledge to the next generation while earning extra income or know someone who is, check out AJAC's Employment Opportunities page.


    AJAC Outreaches to Veterans, Active Duty Personnel, Women and Students about the Value of Apprenticeship

    In August, September and October the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) hit the road to talk with and educate veterans, active duty personnel, women and students about the many career opportunities available within the trades in the aerospace and manufacturing industries and how apprenticeship can help get them started in those careers.

    AJAC spoke to Veterans and Active Duty Personnel:

    Joint Base Lewis McChord College Fair - Camp Murray, WA

    On September 6, 2012, AJAC hosted a booth and spoke with veterans and active duty personnel about the many career opportunities in aerospace and advanced manufacturing and how apprenticeship can help them start their new careers. At the event, AJAC brought in a composite piece from the Boeing 787 dreamliner to help demonstrate how an aircraft mechanic checks for damaged composite pieces on an airplane with an Ultrasonic Composite Tester.

     

    AJAC spoke to students:

    AJAC attended numerous college and career fairs in Snohomish, King, and Franklin Counties. At these events, AJAC hosted informational booths and spoke with students and job seekers about apprenticeship and the exciting career opportunities available in aerospace and manufacturing industries. Career fairs AJAC attended include:   

    • REACH Young Adult Job Fair- Tacoma  
    • Careers in Manufacturing - Pasco
    • See it. Be it Event - Seattle   
    • Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Job Fair- Seattle
    • Build Your Future Event - Monroe
    • Enumclaw STEM Expo - Enumclaw
    • Snohomish High School - Snohomish  
    • Glacier Peak High School - Snohomish  AND  
    • Cascade High School - Everett  

    AJAC Events Calendar
    November 8, 2012
    Mukilteo Aerospace and Manufacturing Employer Meeting
    For More Information Contact AJAC

    November 15, 2012
    Everett Aerospace and Manufacturing Employer Meeting
    For More Information Contact AJAC  

     

    November 15, 2012
    Pierce County Career Day

    Western Washington Fair Grounds - Puyallup, WA

    More Information    

      

    November 28, 2012
    Tri-Cities  Aerospace and Manufacturing Employer Meeting

    For More Information Contact AJAC

     

     

     

    What AJAC Apprentices Are Saying:

    "...AJAC's program helped me turn my job into a career..."  Brian Helmbrecht - Machining Center Technician
    -Orion 
       

     

    "...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..."  Miley Johnson - Sheet Metal Technician -Orion

      

     "...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...My career has become more of a hobby to me than work."             Anthony Green - Machinist/Programming Apprentice
    Exact Aerospace  

       

    "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..."                  Dan Porter - Machinist  Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.   

      

    What AJAC Employers Are Saying:
    ANEW Trades Rotation Program AJAC



    "...The value this program will bring us is long-term retention of well qualified, trained and certified employees..."
                              
    Jeff Tomson -  Engineer/Marketing   Machinist, Inc.    

     

    "...This program can take someone with basic skills, and turn him or her into an invaluable employee and a vital asset to our company. As we expand and grow as a company, this program should also help us attract better qualified entry level candidates."                           Kerry Prewett - President
     TK Machine Co.  

      

     "Our Production Manager stated that this group of graduates has raised the bar. The quality of these three graduating machinists is superior to what we've experienced in the past."                    Janie Pierce, Director of Human Resource- Precision Machine Works, Inc.    

    "The value I believe the AJAC apprenticeship program provides to Damar AeroSystems is the ability to upgrade the skills of our workforce and therefore create better educated and trained employees..."   

    Sharon Black - Human Resources Manager  -Damar AeroSystems    

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    The AJAC Mission:
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    AJAC's Mission is to provide exceptional and responsive apprenticeships, innovative supporting signature training programs with cutting edge curriculum and highly effective trades trainers.   
     
     

    AJAC offers a method for transferring the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills between generations of the workforce, thus promoting the value of contributing to the next generation. 
     

    AJAC brings about a significant and lasting impact on the prosperity of Washington State, empowering its diverse population of residents to thrive as craftspeople and attain secure family wage jobs through: 

    • Dynamic career and educational pathways
    • Corresponding wrap around support services
    • Smooth pipelines connecting employers with the next generation of workers and  where preschool and K-12 students and their influencers see aerospace opportunities as viable career path options
    • Advocating for recognition and financial support of training in aerospace and manufacturing
    • Expanding the diversity of people entering the trades
    • Exploring opportunities for growth and collaborating with partners to form comprehensive solutions