The Washington Aerospace Training & Research (WATR) Center offers five specialty programs
that can give you the skills that you need to get a high-wage, high-demand job in
The WATR Center is committed to providing innovative and relevant programs of study for present and future manufacturing workers, that meet the demands of the fast-paced aerospace industry. The WATR Center's strong connection with the local industry means that they will teach you exactly what you need to know to excel in today's workforce.
You will start your journey with the Manufacturing Core Certificate. In this online-only
4-week course, you learn all of the basics that you need to move on to your Specialty
- and your new career.
Once you complete the Manufacturing Core Certificate, you will pick a specialty certificate.
Complete your specialty, or several over time, and you're well on your way to a great
new career! Specialties include Electrical Assembly Mechanic, Assembly Mechanic, Tooling
Mechanic, Manufacturing Composites, and Quality Assurance (QA).
Many of the skills learned your specialty can be applied to other manufacturing fields - not just aerospace!
Our 12-Week Certificate Programs are hybrids - this means that you will take your
courses online, but also complete a substantial, in-person lab portion with our state-of-the-art,
industry-approved equipment at the WATR Center.
Feb 24, 2021
In the last ten years, Boeing has hired over 1000 WATR graduates and has cross trained over 2000 incumbent workers at the Center. The partnership between the WATR Center and Boeing has been invaluable for the Washington state aerospace industry, and continues to grow.
Congratulations to the WATR Center on their 10th Anniversary!