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Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee Newsletter
Summer 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
Congratulations to AJAC's 2012 Graduated Apprentices!
AJAC is Recognized as a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Innovator and Trailblazer
AJAC Receives Funding to Offer Companies Free Advanced Inspection Training
AJAC Welcomes 12 New Training Agents
Video: Earn While You Learn an Aerospace Trade
Apprentices Can Receive College Credit for what they Already Know
AJAC is Looking for Instructors!
AJAC Outreaches to Veterans, Women and Students about the Value of Apprenticeship
AJAC Events
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Congratulations to AJAC's 2012 Graduated Apprentices!

Congratulations to the 13 AJAC apprentices who graduated on May 18, 2012 from the machining (aircraft-oriented) and aircraft mechanic airframe apprenticeship programs. These apprentices are the future of aerospace and now have the skills they need to be successful in aerospace and advanced manufacturing.     


Congratulations to:
    • Machinist (Aircraft-Oriented) apprentices:  
      • Brian Spencer
      • Jeff Flint
      • Blair Weidman 
      • Ryan Crosby   
      • Thay Tin  
    • Aircraft Mechanic Airframe apprentices:
      • Kenneth Fredeen
      • Cary Cote
      • Kyle McElmurry
      • Mystyce Night
      • Ganine Agnew
      • Jesse Nichols
      • Rommaly Cham
      • Cary Irwin



Have an Apprentice who could be a Future Leader?

Sign them up for the Apprenticeship Academy!


Get your apprentices started on their long-range leadership roles through the Apprenticeship Academy.  The Apprenticeship Academy gives apprentices a chance to meet other emerging leaders from other trades, form professional networks, and bring creative ideas and solutions to our community.  The Academy is designed by apprenticeships, labor, workforce development, colleges, pre-apprenticeships and businesses/associations.


During the Apprenticeship Academy, apprentices attend three Saturday sessions beginning in September, and present a culminating project they've worked on with their mentor at the

 Washington State Apprenticeship Training Council meeting in January.    


As a result of completing the Apprenticeship Academy, participants will:

  • Communicate effectively on-the-job, with peers and other professionals 
  • Contribute by becoming and remaining involved in community projects;
  • Navigate educational, community and professional resources and support equitable workplaces; and
  • Envision leadership in a career path that merges the participant's unique talents and interests with the skills gained in an apprentice pathway.    

    The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) and Apprenticeship & Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW) invite program leaders to select apprentices who are seen as reliable leaders  to enroll in the Apprenticeship Academy. The Academy costs $75, which covers materials and food cost.  If you have an apprentice leader you would like to nominate, contact ANEW by August 30,  at  206-381-1384 or heather@anewaop.org .  

    The apprenticeship Academy is supported by grant funding from Women's Funding Alliance and the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC).

    AJAC is Recognized as a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Innovator and Trailblazer

    The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee was recently recognized as a 21st Century Registered Apprenticeship Trailblazer and Innovator by the Department of Labor (DOL) and Secretary's Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship (ACA). 


    This award came out of the National Education and Action Summit, "OutEducate OutBuild OutInnovate," which recognized the 75th Anniversary of the National Apprenticeship Act. In preparing for this event the DOL and ACA partnered together to advance and promote Registered Apprenticeship and started a search for innovative and trailblazing Registered Apprenticeship Programs to recognize at the summit. They searched for Registered Apprenticeships who:


    • Help to define 21st Century Apprenticeship
    • Help to expand Registered Apprenticeship into new and existing industries
    • Are a trailblazer in forming new partnerships involving Registered Apprenticeship programs or sponsors with workforce, educational, or community-based organizations
    • Engage in an innovative Registered Apprenticeship practice that helps provide solutions to current workforce challenges
    • Help to increase Registered Apprenticeship opportunities for under-represented populations including women, minorities, youth, veterans, and people with disabilities
    • Crafted innovative policies that create economic development benefits or improve our economic competitiveness using Registered Apprenticeship

    On August 1st, AJAC joined Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis in celebrating this 75th Anniversary event at the U.S. Department of Labor's Great Hall in Washington D.C. During the summit AJAC was recognized for their innovation and trailblazing efforts that has had a significant impact on the history of Registered Apprenticeship. In total, 79 Registered Apprenticeship Programs were recognized at this event. AJAC was one of four Washington State Registered Apprenticeship Programs to be recognized.


    For more information about the event read  the Department of Labor's  newsletter article about Commemorating Registered Apprenticeship.


    Fall Classes to Start Soon!

    Enroll Current or New Employees in AJAC's Fall Apprenticeship Programs available in the following areas:     

                   Precision Metal Fabrication: 

     Aircraft Mechanic Airframe:

    • King County
    To find out  more information on AJAC's apprenticeship programs visit: ajactraining.org/ROI.
     To start an AJAC apprenticeship program at your company,  contact AJAC at: 206-764-7940 or

    AJAC Receives Funding to Offer Companies Free Advanced Inspection Training

    The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) is contracting with Workforce Development Council Snohomish County (WDCSC) to provide in-demand green and energy efficient skills through a $1.5 million State Energy Partnership grant from the Washington Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board. AJAC received $20,000 to offer aerospace and manufacturing companies at no cost, the opportunity to provide their apprentices and/or incumbent workers centrally-located advanced inspection training. This training will be conducted on the Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU). AJAC is offering this free training to aerospace and manufacturing companies in the following counties: Clallam, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, San Juan Islands, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom. 


    The AIM-MTU is a 53-foot classroom on wheels that provides training throughout the entire manufacturing and inspection process. The AIM-MTU is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and technology and highly skilled instructors to help ensure employees are proficient in the tools and processes used in aerospace and advanced manufacturing.


    Courses provided on the AIM-MTU for this grant include:

    • 16 hour training on the Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM): August 1-2
    • 6 hour training on the 3-D Digital Microscope: August 22
    • 16 hour training on the ROMER Arm Portable Coordinate Measuring Machine (PCMM): September 5-6 

    If your company resides in one of the above areas and would like to sign up its employees for any of these trainings contact AJAC at: 206-465-2342 or jhauth@ajactraining.org.   


    Twenty employers statewide have participated in the development of AIM-MTU course content, to ensure it is relevant and directly meets industry needs. Skills acquired in training helps the apprentice and incumbent worker build existing credentials and enhance employment advancement. "The State Energy Partnership funds allow AJAC to provide short-term technical training to the next generation workforce," says Laura Hopkins, AJAC Executive Director. "The AIM-MTU allows Incumbent workers to get the training they need in order to stay competitive in the aerospace and manufacturing industry. Employers can be confident their employees are up-to-date on the newest technology in order to continually produce a quality product."

    AJAC Welcomes 12 New Training Agents 
    Since January, AJAC has brought on 12 new Training Agents - Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Employers who are participating in the AJAC apprenticeship program:
        • Accra-Fab 
        • Baker Manufacturing
        • Bowman Manufacturing 
        • Bucher Aerospace Corp
        • Fluke Metal Products, Inc
        • GE Aviation, Innovative
        • Composite Engineering
        • Heather's Tummy Care 
        • Laz Tool & Manufacturing, Inc.
        • Eastside Electric Motors
        • Delta Electric Motor
        • Sound Propeller Services

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

    More courses available soon!

    To sign up your company for customized training on the AIM-MTU, contact AJAC at info@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



    Earn While You Learn an Aerospace Trade 

    Earn While You Learn an Aerospace Trade
    Earn While You Learn an Aerospace Trade

    Take a look at a video AJAC recently produced called 'Earn While You Learn an Aerospace Trade." This video was made to create awareness for junior high and high school students and their parents, teachers, counselors, etc., of the tens of thousands new high tech and high paying careers available over the next 10 years in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries and how apprenticeship can serve as a pathway to those careers. Please share this video and help pass along the message of how apprenticeship can lead to an exciting, long-term career in aerospace with a good salary, job advancement opportunities and a chance to work with cutting edge technology.      

    Apprentices Can Receive College Credit for what they Already Know  

    AJAC is providing first and second year apprentices the opportunity to receive college credit for past work, volunteer and/or life experience through the LearningCounts.org Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).  


    The PLA is a 6-week online class through LearningCounts.org where students work on developing a portfolio showcasing their past non-classroom experience. Once the apprentice completes their portfolio, it is evaluated by a college faculty member who then determines if the content is at college-level and awards college credit accordingly.


    Through the PLA, students:

    • Earn up to nine college humanities credits, which they can apply towards their associate's degree
    • Have the potential to earn credit towards their apprenticeship hours
    • Gain free access to academic advising
    • Earn their associate's degree and/or journey-level certificate faster

    AJAC is currently offering this opportunity at no cost with the help of the Workplace-Based Learning Initiative to first and second year apprentices earning less than 18 dollars per hour. Third, Fourth and previous apprentices can also participate in the PLA. Contact AJAC at info@ajactraining.org to find out how.  


    The next online class begins September 2012. For more information about the Prior Learning Assessment, visit: LearningCounts.org. 


    AJAC is Looking for Machining, Precision Metal Fabrication and Aircraft Mechanic 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
    • Experienced AIRCRAFT MECHANIC to teach Aircraft Mechanic Airframe apprenticeship classes.   

    Teaching opportunities are available in the following counties and areas:

    • King
    • Pierce
    • Snohomish
    • Spokane
    • Yakima

    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, aircraft mechanic 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 May, June and July, 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 at:  

    Joint Base Lewis McChord Job Fair - Camp Murray, WA

    On May 10-11, 2012,  AJAC co- hosted a booth with employers: BRADKEN and CNC Machine Service, 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. On the second day attendees had the opportunity to interview with BRADKEN and CNC Machine Service, as well as, other exhibitors from the event.   


    2012 Washington Women Veterans Conference - Tacoma, WA

    On June 16, 2012, AJAC spoke with female veterans from all branches of military service, as well as Active Duty service women soon to transfer into civilian community from throughout Washington State about AJAC's Veterans in Aerospace apprenticeship program .
    AJAC spoke to women at:

    Washington Women in Trades Career Fair - Seattle, WA

    On May 11, 2012, AJAC spoke with students, parents, and adults about careers in aerospace and manufacturing and how apprenticeship can serve as a pathway to those careers. AJAC also brought in a HASS simulator to show attendees the type of work machinists do on the job.

    AJAC spoke to students at:

    Clover Park Technical College Career Conference - Tacoma, WA

    On May, 10, 2012 AJAC spoke with 8th-12th graders about apprenticeship and the exciting careers available in aerospace and manufacturing. All the students attending were geared towards tech-ed and attended schools around the Tacoma and Lakewood areas.

    AJAC Events Calendar
    September 6, 2012
    JBLM Apprenticeship and College Fair

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord 


    September 13, 2012

    South Sound Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition: Economic Development Summit   

    Emerald Downs - Auburn, WA  


    September 25, 2012 

    Girls Learning About Manufacturing (GLAM) 

    Columbia Basin College Campus- Pasco, WA

    More Information  


    September 26 & 27, 2012
    2012 Smartmap Expo 

    Trac Center-Pasco, WA

    More Information    

    September 29, 2012
    SEE IT. BE IT: Explore Your Future Career!

    Seattle Center -Northwest Room- Seattle, WA

    More Information     


    October 9, 2012

    Build Your Future - A Hands-On Career Fair for Construction Trades and Advanced Manufacturing
    Evergreen Fairgrounds - Monroe, WA

    October 24, 2012

    Glacier Peak High School College Fair
    Glacier Peak High School - Snohomish, WA

    October 25, 2012

    High School and Beyond Family Night
    Cascade High School - Everett, WA






    What AJAC Apprentices Are Saying:

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


    "...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:

    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