Apprenticeship

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Pioneer is very proud of the men and women we nominate for the apprenticeship program. The program is offered in partnership with the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) and local community colleges in the Pierce and King County regions. The program provides occupational skills training that combines 93% supervised on-the-job training experience with 7% classroom instruction.

Men and women have the opportunity to earn their sheet metal fabrication certificate, or CNC (machinist) operator certificate in two years. CNC machinists can then continue on to become a journeyman (master machinist) after four years of satisfactory progression through the program, as demonstrated by proper rotation of work progresses (OJT) and passing of corresponding classes. It is a proven way to train people for careers in the aerospace, aviation and advanced manufacturing industries that demand a wide range of skills, knowledge, and independent judgment.

Meet a Few of Pioneer’s Apprentices

I knew if I was serious about making a positive change in my life, I needed to get out of my comfort zone. When I started feeling uneasy about my new choices I had to face the facts that my past ways and many of the people I hung out with...

I may have had a past that I am not proud of, but I have been making-up for lost time. It is really amazing now to actually have a vision of the potential that is in store for me if I continue with my work at Pioneer and the apprenticeship...

Being at work every day at 6:00 AM isn’t easy – but there is a future in it. Getting high was a dead end.

Tommy grew up in a big family with three brothers and two sisters in Grays Harbor on Washington State...

In June 2016, Sean became Pioneer’s first Apprentice 1 to graduate in the 4-year Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) program to become a journeyman/master machinist. Bravo Sean!

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“Over the past year, I have learned a lot – including how to love myself. I have really stayed on the right track this time and I can say that I am proud of my accomplishments. Every direction I turn Pioneer has supported and helped me...

Greg’s Correction Officer introduced him to Pioneer after he was released from serving 30 years in prison and needed employment. While in prison, he had been trained in a program to work on a water jet and was active on it for six years. Pioneer...

Abram had been locked up for nearly half of his life. The last time he was in prison he made up his mind – he was not going to give the system one more second of his life after his release.

"When you are tired of things not...

I am getting serious here. I plan to not only finish the four-year AJAC journeyman program, but I am going after the fifth year tool and die program also. The more I learn – the more I want to know.”

That hunger for...

“When I was released from prison, I knew I needed to apply myself to a career I loved that challenged me. The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) program pushes me to get closer to my full potential.”

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Hanif had been in and out of the criminal justice system since he was in his teens. He realized his past life of crime and convictions was going to be a major barrier to pursuing a career.

“There are no short cuts in life and my past...