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About Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship training has proven to be one of the most effective ways to develop highly skilled craftspeople in selected trades. It is cost effective, goal orientated, and designed to meet specific skill needs of employers. Apprenticeships are challenging, exciting and fast paced. Apprenticeship is an opportunity to learn a highly skilled trade that can be used for the rest of your working career. Statistics show that a graduate apprentice earns a higher wage, has a more stable work record, and is promoted more quickly and more often than workers who have not completed an apprenticeship.

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A Parents Guide to Apprenticeship

This booklet is designed specifically for parents and provides an overview of apprenticeship. Topics include the benefits of apprenticeship, career options, requirements, how to apply, and contact information for apprenticeships in Washington State.

The skills of a graduate apprentice are consistently in high demand by industry. Learning trade skills is only part of an apprenticeship program. You will also learn to think for yourself, to work with and cooperate with other workers, and to develop learning skills that can be applied to any other form of education. Graduate apprentices are certified as Journey Level Craftspeople in their selected trades by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council. This certification is recognized around the United States and in most parts of the World.

An IAM/Boeing apprenticeship is a combination of real world, on-the-job work assignments under the instruction of qualified employees. It includes unpaid off-hour trade related classroom instruction in specific highly skilled trades. Apprenticeship differs from other training by not limiting the training to a single objective. The program instructs the apprentice in a wide range of equipment, processes, and operations.

The ten apprenticeship programs currently offered at Boeing are four or five years in length and include a 20% probationary period at the start of each program. Apprentices may work first or second shift on a rotating schedule. Off-hour instruction requires 160 unpaid classroom hours per school year.

Each program is a structured process of training, designed and provided by sponsoring organizations in accordance with the Standards of Apprenticeship approved by the IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship Committee and the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council.

On-the-job training is supplied by qualified journeyworkers who are willing and able to share their knowledge and experience. Off-hour training is self paced instruction provided by qualified instructors with trade experience. Classroom attendance is required and an hours to lesson ratio must be maintained. Depending upon the trade, class instruction may include Shop Theory, Mathematics (Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Compound Angles, Physics), Composites, Electronics, Mechanics, Metallurgy, and Programming.

Apprentice wages are determined by the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Boeing Company and the International Association of Machinist. Pay rate increases are earned for each 1000 hours of successful progress in the program. Graduate apprentices are paid the maximum rate of their target job title.


Eligibility Information

In order to qualify to apply for an apprenticeship at The Boeing Company
the following Minimum Qualifications must be met.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Applicants must never have been enrolled in or completed an IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship program.

Applicants must be considered eligible for hire or rehire at The Boeing Company at the time of application.

Applicants must be a high school graduate (or equivalent).
(Note: If proof of graduation cannot be provided, a 2- or 4-year degree is acceptable.)

Applicants must have US person status (see FAQs).

Applicants must meet specific defined vocational training and/or trade related work experience requirements for the apprenticeship program being applied for. Please click on the apprenticeshiip program you are interested in for detailed requirements of that trade.


How to Apply for an IAM/Boeing Apprenticeship

The IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship Committee accepts applications for new apprentices throughout the year as new positions are identified. Boeing employees and Non-Boeing interested parties are welcome to apply.

All Boeing and non-Boeing candidates may apply for open positions that are posted through the Boeing Global Staffing on-line requisition system at during the advertised application acceptance period. Applicant minimum qualification requirements will be clearly stated on the requisitions. Individuals who do not meet minimum the qualifications will receive an auto-notice encouraging then to apply when the minimum requirements have been met. Applicants may apply for one or more apprenticeship program.

All applicants for an apprenticeship must be at least 18 years of age; be eligible for hire or rehire at Boeing; have never been enrolled in or completed an IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship program; be a high school graduate or the equivalent; have US person status; meet specific defined vocational training or trade related work experience requirements for the apprenticeship program being applied for; and be able to perform the physical requirements of the apprenticeship. For the Industrial Electronic Maintenance Technician Program applicants must be able to distinguish between primary colors.

All applicants must complete an Assessment or course within the last 5 years at their local Washington State community or technical college. The applicant must have minimum placement results or course completion as follows: Math Intermediate Algebra, English 90. An Assessment may be completed prior to the time of application, but no later than 14 days following a request for document verification.


Standards of Apprenticeship

The IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship Standards of Apprenticeship define the rules and regulations of our apprenticeship program. The Standards are defined by the IAM/Boeing Joint Apprenticeship Committee and approved by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council.

[ The standards are currently being reviewed and revised by the committee. For questions please contact the apprenticeship website. ]

This document is not maintained by Boeing, but is available for viewing and download from the Washington State Labor & Industry website. Any printed copies of this document should be marked “reference only” to maintain information accuracy.


Contact Information

Most apprenticeship information and application instructions can be found on this site.

Additional Questions? Please read this Frequently Asked Questions document for additional help.

If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact
Boeing Global Staffing using the phone number provided at the time of application.

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