The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Commitee (AJAC), announced today that it is offering a new machining apprenticeship program at Yakima Valley Community College.


This program started on Thursday, January 10, 2013. AJAC is continuing to register apprentices for the spring quarter.

This will be AJAC’s first apprenticeship program in Yakima starting out with nine apprentices from one of AJAC's participating training agents, GE Aerospace. . Other program locations include: Spokane, Franklin, Pierce, King and Snohomish counties. In addition to Machining, AJAC has designed and implemented apprenticeship programs for precision metal fabrication and aircraft mechanics airframe and is currently developing programs for additional aerospace and advanced manufacturing occupations.

The program combines supervised on-the-job training experience with college-level classroom instruction enabling employees to earn while they learn and employers to increase their workforce skills without disrupting production. Upon graduation, the apprentice receives their Journey-Level Certificate certifying them as a master trades person.

“AJAC is excited to introduce our machining program to Yakima County. The expansion of our programs in new counties gives aerospace and manufacturing employers throughout all of Washington State the chance to pass along knowledge and skill of their master tradespeople, and get their employees trained with the skills needed to maintain a highly-skilled workforce. Together with Yakima Valley Community College and our employers we can create the next generation of tradespeople,” said Laura Hopkins, AJAC Executive Director.

Get more information on AJAC here.