Apprenticeships have always been a part of trade schools and the manufacturing industry. They are generally available to adults who are enrolled in or who have completed a training program. Now, apprenticeships are becoming more available to young adults and even high school students. A great apprenticeship resource in Washington is the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee,

Contact AJAC

6770 East Marginal Way South Bldg A-106
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone: (206) 764-7940
FAX: (206) 764-5329

2110 N. Francher Way
Spokane, WA 99212-1331
Phone: (509) 533-8299
FAX: (509) 533-8618


Apprenticeships in Washington State Manufacturing


Washington State is the world leader in aerospace production and home to more than 1,350* aerospace-related companies employing more than 132,500* highly skilled aerospace workers. The increase in impending retirements, new emerging technologies and a greater production demand have created challenges for building a skilled 21st century workforce and competing in a global economy.

Over the next five years, the state will need more than 7,200** additional aerospace workers to fill the increasing demand. The current workforce is composed of trades people that offer valuable knowledge and skills acquired through years of experience. It is imperative that employers have an avenue to capture the knowledge of these retiring trades people and pass that knowledge on to the next generation.

Washington State funded the creation of the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) in 2008 to devise this avenue. AJAC is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)(3) aerospace and advanced manufacturing registered apprenticeship program.

It is the mission of AJAC that the training of apprentices shall be without discrimination based on race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or as otherwise specified by law. AJAC also encourages women, minorities and veterans to apply with their employer.

AJAC and its advisory committee, comprised of employers and employees, have developed and implemented the following registered apprenticeship programs based on employer and industry need:

  • Machinist (Aircraft-Oriented) | 8,000 Hours | 4-Years
  • Precision Metal Fabricator | 4,000 Hours | 2-Years
  • Tool and Die Maker | 10,000 Hours | 5 -Years
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician | 8,000 Hours | 4-Years
  • Plastic Process Technician | 8,000 Hours | 4-Years
  • Production Technician (Youth) | 2,000 Hours | 2-Years
  • Industrial Manufacturing Technician | 3,000 Hours | 1.5-Years

AJAC is currently developing a registered apprenticeship program in the future for CNC Programming.

Apprenticeship combines supervised on-the-job training experience with college-level classroom instruction enabling:

  • Employees to earn a living wage while they learn on-the-job from a mentor and attend class one night a week at a local community or technical college
  • Employers to increase their workforce skills without disrupting production