Aerospace Skills Training Program

By:  Written by MCDN , KMAS
Source: Fiber One News Radio

Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) will join Air Washington in unveiling details of a new program to train 2,600 more workers with the skills needed by Washington state aerospace employers. Cantwell and Murray will formally announce a $20 million Department of Labor grant for Air Washington’s new training programs, which will help make the state a national commercial aviation training hub.

Air Washington is a consortium of Washington’s aerospace education and training organizations, made up of 14 community and technical colleges across Washington and several aerospace training organizations, to meet the needs of Washington’s 650 aerospace employers. Cantwell and Murray will tour one such training facility – the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee’s (AJAC) Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU) – at South Seattle Community College in West Seattle.

The consortium also coordinates a new program that provides training to meet Washington state’s growing aerospace workforce demands in advanced manufacturing/machining, aircraft assembly, aircraft maintenance, composites, and electronics. Air Washington seeks to recruit and train more women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups for aerospace jobs.

In 20 years, the global aerospace industry will be worth an estimated $3.6 trillion. The Air Washington grant, which Cantwell and Murray supported, will keep Washington an industry leader by training a competitive aerospace workforce, creating aviation jobs, and supporting economic development in the region.