A $20 million DOL Grant to improve aerospace and advanced manufacturing workforce development in Washington.
Training goal = 2,615
Actual number of trained individuals = 3,806
Veterans training goal = 601
Special Note: This section includes all relevant content from the Air Washington grant and replaces the website, airwashington.org. For any questions regarding this grant and the content in these pages, please contact the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing at 425-388-9196.
Air WA eBook
View the eBook version of the book, “Air Washington: Creating Careers in Aerospace.”
Air Washington – Executive Board
This is a historical record of the Air Washington Executive Board.
Executive Advisory Board Members
- Mary Kaye Bredeson, Chair CoE for Aerospace
- Dave Cox, SCC, Dean, Air Washington Lead
- Carol Weigand, Air Washington Project Manager, Spokane CC Representative
- Dixie Simmons, State Board for Community & Technical Colleges Representative
- Dennis Wallace, Office of Superintendent for Public Instruction Representative
- Randall Julian, Inland NorthWest Aerospace Consortium Representative
- Todd Woodard, Aerospace Futures Alliance Representative
- Melanie Jordan, Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance Representative
- Michael Greenwood, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Representative
- Jason Redrup, Labor Representative
- Connie Coleman- Lacadie, Federal Aviation Administration Representative
- Sean Murphy, Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition Representative
The Air Washington project was a consortium of eleven of the state’s community and technical colleges which received a $20M Department of Labor TAACCCT grant to strengthen Washington’s aerospace industry through workforce training.
By fall of 2014, Air Washington campuses had trained more than 2,600 workers in advanced manufacturing, composites,electronics/avionics, aircraft assembly, and aircraft maintenance. The grant ran from October 2011 – September 2015 (extended from original end date of September 2014).
Official Site as of September 30, 2015
11 Colleges in the consortium
Big Bend Community College
7662 Chanute Street
Moses Lake, WA 98837-3299
(509) 762-5351 (switchboard)
Clover Park Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW
Tacoma, WA 98499-4098
(253) 589-5800 (switchboard)
Everett Community College
2000 Tower Street
Everett, WA 98201-1352
(425) 388-9100 (switchboard)
North Seattle Community College
9600 College Way North
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 527-3600 (switchboard)
1600 Chester Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337
(360) 792-6050 (switchboard)
1502 East Lauridsen Blvd.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
(360) 452-9277 (switchboard)
Renton Technical College
3000 NE 4th Street
Renton, WA 98056
(425) 235-2352 (switchboard)
Skagit Valley College
2405 College Way
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
(360) 416-7600 (switchboard)
South Seattle Community College
6000 – 16th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98106-1499
(206) 764-5300 (switchboard)
Spokane Community College
1810 N. Greene Street
Spokane, WA 99207
(509) 533-7000 (switchboard)
Wenatchee Valley College
1300 Fifth Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Air Washington – Programs of Study
This program prepares workers for aerospace manufacturing careers. The demand for skilled machinist/CNC operators, sheet metal workers, production supervisors and sorters/inspectors/samplers are steadily increasing over the next decade. Their work involves knowing and understanding the manufacturing process, the way the machines work, and what the finished products should be like. Program lengths can vary from 24-weeks for a certificate to two-years for a degree.
The aircraft assembly program provides classroom training and hands-on experience in aircraft assembly mechanics. Students who complete this program will be prepared for in-demand careers in the aerospace manufacturing industry.
Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT)
This FAA-approved program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the aircraft maintenance industry. Graduates will be prepared to test for Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) General, Airframe and Powerplant certificates. Aviation maintenance technicians are qualified to perform service or make repairs on all types and sizes of private and commercial aircraft, including airplanes, helicopters, and their propulsion systems.
This program prepares you for an entry-level positions as a composite technician. You will learn about composite structure construction and repair, as well as safety procedures and safe tool use.
This program prepares students for a career in electronics with a focus on aerospace avionics. Learn to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify electrical components, circuitry, controls, and machinery such as industrial controls, transmitters, and antennas for aircraft.