We believe that learning on the job is the most powerful way of transferring knowledge.
As we strive to make Washington State the aerospace and manufacturing hub of the world, our success will be dependent on the talent of our workforce.
In 2008, Washington State funded the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) to develop apprenticeship and work-based learning opportunities directly tied to the needs of our manufacturing employers. AJAC is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)(3), registered aerospace and advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program.
Seven years later, AJAC developed training programs that support 160+ participating employers in partnership with seven community and technical colleges with training delivered in 10 locations across the state. Currently we provide apprenticeship training for Machinists, Precision Metal Fabricators, Aircraft Mechanics (Airframe), Tool & Die Makers and Industrial Maintenance Mechanics.
Based on the overwhelming success of our apprenticeship training and high demand of manufacturing employers, AJAC has taken its curriculum from the apprenticeship classroom to the doors of Washington State’s suppliers, OEMS and MROs – taught by instructors straight from industry. AJAC has developed just-in-time (JIT), advanced manufacturing workforce training specialized to employee and company needs. These hands-on half day to full week short-term training courses include Basic Inspection Hand Tools, Engineering Drawings, Lean Six Sigma, Mentor Training for on-the-job training (OJT) and more!
The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s (AJAC) vision is to produce the most highly skilled and trained aerospace and manufacturing craftspeople in the world, ensuring that the art of the skilled trades is not lost. AJAC brings value to Washington State employers and residents by keeping the aerospace industry alive and thriving, thus revealing Washington State as the world leader of extraordinary and cutting-edge aerospace training.
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 advanced manufacturing
- Expanding the diversity of people entering the trades
- Exploring opportunities for growth and collaborating with partners to form comprehensive solutions.