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Washington Aerospace Training & Research (WATR) Center

Manufacturing Core Certificate

4 Weeks | 9.0 Credits | Online

Boeing 777X

About the Certificate

The Manufacturing Core Certificate is the Washington Aerospace Training and Research (WATR) Center's introduction to the critical and complex technical field manufacturing, with a focus on aviation. The student will be introduced to valuable skills in manufacturing technology needed for a precision technologist. This certificate will provide a basic understanding of general manufacturing procedures and includes nine modules of theory and practical application. The Core Certificate can be applied to areas of manufacturing including aviation, maritime, space, medical devices, construction, and more.

Topics Covered

  • Safety
  • Basic aircraft familiarization 
  • Sealing
  • Electrical bond and ground
  • Drawings and work instructions
  • Assembly hand tools
  • Precision measuring
  • Aviation materials and processes
  • Aircraft cleaning
  • Corrosion control

Specialty Certificates

Upon successful completion of the Core certificate, students move on to a Specialty Certificate. 

Core classes are currently not tied to specialty area dates.

  • Assembly Mechanic
  • Electrical Assembly Mechanic
  • Composites
  • Tooling
  • Quality Assurance (QA)

Certificate Details

The Manufacturing Core Certificate is intended to be taken as a prerequisite for the Specialty Certificates. Once students complete this certificate, they move on to their chosen specialty. 

If you're undecided about which specialty to take, sign up for Core now as a stand-alone class. This will allow you to take whichever specialty you are interested in at a later date.

This certificate is occasionally offered for Spanish speakers. Please check the schedule to see which courses are coming up in the future.


If you have questions about registration, please call (425) 640-1840.
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