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.
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 trades person. 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.
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.
Work full time while earning benefits, college credits, and a nationally-recognized journey-level credential in one of these occupations:
- CNC Programmer
- Industrial Machine Operator
- Industrial Maintenance Technician
- Industrial Manufacturing Technician
- Plastic Process Technician
- Tool & Die Maker
- Youth Apprenticeship
10 Benefits of Apprenticeship
Apprentices enrolled in registered apprenticeship through AJAC receive the following benefits throughout their time in the program:
- 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.
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.
To learn how you can become an apprentice, please visit: https://www.ajactraining.org/apprenticeship/getting-started/.