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Updated: Dec 8, 2021

CONTACT INFO Website: Phone: (206) 764-7940 Email: ABOUT Washington State is the world leader in aerospace and advanced manufacturing 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 tradespeople 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 tradespeople and pass that knowledge on to the next generation. The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) launched in 2008 with an investment from Washington State to skill-up the aerospace and advanced manufacturing workforce through registered apprenticeship. AJAC developed and implemented 10 high-growth, in-demand apprenticeship occupations to serve a variety of demographics, industries, and companies across the state. AJAC serves approximately 400 apprentices per year at close to 300 companies. AJAC is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)(3) aerospace and advanced manufacturing registered apprenticeship program. AJAC’s mission is to provide exceptional and responsive apprenticeships, innovative supporting signature training with cutting-edge curriculum and highly effective trade’s 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. Our Programs: 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 § Automation Technician (Youth) | 2,000 Hours | 2-Years 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 INDUSTRIES SERVED



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