Automation Technician (Youth Apprentice)
PLEASE NOTE: This program is only available to current sophomores and juniors in the following school/districts:
- Yakima Valley Tech
- Bellingham School District
- Columbia Basin Tech
- Emerald Ridge High School
- Mount Baker High School
IMPORTANT: There is a section on this application to upload your documents including your Resume, Personal Essay, and Official High School Transcript.
When Will The Next Cohort Begin?
Each spring, AJAC and its partnering employers will hire and enroll the next cohort of Youth Apprentices across Washington State. If you're interested in becoming a Youth Apprentice in Spring 2019, you can submit an application at any time. Application approval by AJAC staff may not occur until a deadline has been established. Have any questions or concerns? Please email us anytime.
AJAC’s Automation Technician (Youth) Apprenticeship is a 2,000 hour program designed for high school juniors and seniors to develop career-ready skills in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. This apprenticeship program combines paid on-the-job training at an AJAC employer and college-level classroom instruction which can lead to a high school diploma, journey-level card and short-term college certificate.
Automation technicians repair and maintain the computer-controlled systems and robotic devices used within industrial and commercial facilities to reduce human intervention and maximize efficiency. Their duties require knowledge of electronics, mechanics, pneumatics and computers.
Where Will I Work and How Much Will I Earn:
AJAC has partnered with over 200 advanced manufacturers to provide supervised and structured on-the-job training. Youth Apprentices can only work for companies that have agreed to hire them. Youth Apprentices will work 15-20 hours per week during the school year and up to 40 hours during the summer. Pay will vary by employer and number of hours worked.
Where Are Classes Held:
Classes will be held one day a week (either after school or during school, depending on your district), either at a partnering high school, skill center, technical college or machine shop. During this time, apprentices will learn the theory behind the art of advanced manufacturing from the industry’s top instructors.
To launch your career as an Automation Technician, you will need to meet the minimum qualifications:
- You must be a high school junior or senior enrolled in a school district AJAC has partnered with. If you are an incoming freshman or sophomore, we encourage you to apply however we cannot guarantee enrollment.
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
- Completion of Educator Recommendation (see link below)
- Completed and passed Algebra Level 1
- Must have transportation to and from work site
- Social security card or green card
- Picture identification (Driver's License or School ID Card)
Prior to the start of each cohort, AJAC and potential Youth Apprentices will have a designated day to be interviewed by AJAC’s partnering employers. Employment and enrollment in Youth Apprenticeship Program is solely determined by the hiring employer.
Cost of Program:
AJAC’s Youth Apprenticeship is a no-cost program for qualified apprentices or employers.
What Does it Take to Succeed:
You should be detail-oriented, a problem-solver and capable of working independently and as part of a team. You should also have a good work ethic, basic math skills and an interest in working with your hands.
Will I Earn College Credits:
Yes! All Youth Apprentices will earn 15 tuition-free college credits from a local community or technical college
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS TO SUBMIT:
- Personal Essay (Download Personal Essay Template Here)
- Educator Recommendation (Educator Must Complete Online Recommendation)
- Official High School Transcript
There is an area after you apply to upload these documents. For your letter of recommendation and transcript, please utilize the general document upload portal.