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Aircraft fascinate you. You want to learn how they work, how they function, and how they fly. Let our comprehensive, experience-driven aerospace programs teach you the skills you need to reach beyond the horizon and enter the high-demand, high-wage aerospace industry.


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Aerospace in Washington Facts

  • The state's aerospace industry includes approximately 650 companies located in 28 counties. The companies manufacture aerospace parts, tools, composites, and they design, sub-assemble, and repair.
  • The aerospace industry supports 209,000 indirect and direct jobs in our state.
  • The Seattle metropolitan statistical area, which includes Everett, Bellevue and Renton, has the highest concentration of aerospace jobs worldwide.

All facts are taken from the Washington Aerospace Partnership.

Legacy of aerospace at Bates

Bates Technical College has long-offered comprehensive programs that supply the aerospace industry with qualified, well-skilled employees.

In 1940, the Tacoma School District opened the Tacoma Vocational School. In an effort to support the defense effort for World War II, a cluster of programs named industrial education were offered. This included auto body repair, auto mechanic, diesel and heavy equipment mechanic, electrical construction, machinist, sheet metal, and welding.

Within 18 months of opening, more than 3,000 people received training that led to jobs in the shipyards, mills and Boeing's airplane plant. Even after separating from the school district in 1991 and changing the name ultimately to Bates Technical College, these programs still remain strong and relevant, and they help fuel the region's important aerospace industry.

We invite you to be a part of our legacy.