Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)

6770 East Marginal Way South

Bldg A 106

Seattle, WA 98108


Washington State funded the creation of the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) in 2008 to address the estimated 5,000 vacancies projected in aerospace careers over the next 10 years. AJAC is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)(3) aerospace and advanced manufacturing registered apprenticeship program. AJAC partners with 8 WA state community colleges and over 150 local manufacturing employers to provide apprenticeship training to nearly 300 apprentices across the state. Over the past 6 years, AJAC and its advisory committee have developed and implemented the following registered apprenticeship programs based on employer and industry need: -Machinist (Aircraft-Oriented) -Aircraft Mechanic Airframe -Precision Metal Fabricator -Tool and Die Maker -Industrial Maintenance Mechanic -Plastic Process Technician In addition to apprenticeship, AJAC runs a growing number of 10-week (400 hour) pre-apprenticeship programs targeting individuals who are unemployed, displaced homemakers, or low wage workers looking to transition into the skilled trades. These Manufacturing Academies offer participants intensive soft and hard skill development tailored for entry level employment in manufacturing occupations. The program is credit bearing and results in a stackable short term certificate from a host community college. The Manufacturing Academy has grown to deliver 8 programs graduating 120 participants each year between South Seattle (in partnership with South Seattle Community College) and downtown Tacoma (in partnership with Bates Technical College). Programs are co-sponsored by local Workforce View More