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Washington Aerospace Training & Research (WATR) Center


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Manufacturing in Washington State

Certificates earned at the WATR Center are NOT only applicable towards aerospace manufacturing - the skills you learn can readily transfer to a variety of manufacturing sectors including maritime, construction, medical devices, space, automotive, and military/defense.

Interesting Facts

  • In 2020, 8.52% of the Washington state workforce is employed in the manufacturing industry - that's 298,000 jobs.
  • In 2018, the average compensation of manufacturing employees in Washington state was $93,095.67.
  • In 2017, by far the largest manufacturing sector in Washington State was "Aerospace and other transportation equipment" with an output of $32,346mil.
  • As of 2017, Washington state was home to 6,589 manufacturing firms, including 1,450 aerospace-related companies that supply parts for every aircraft manufactured world-wide.
    • Washington is also the home of The Boeing Company's two final Assembly plants in Everett and Renton and five manufacturing sites all concentrated in the Central Puget Sound region.
  • Many people in the industry are third and fourth generation employees, a testament to the quality and loyalty of the state's manufacturing workforce.
  • Need even more reasons to start a career in manufacturing? Find these and even more interesting manufacturing facts at The National Association of Manufacturers.

Working With Industry

The Washington Aerospace Training & Research (WATR) Center is an educational resource for career pathways in the aerospace and manufacturing industry. WATR works in collaboration with the other state aerospace centers to deliver premier industry-driven training to support manufacturing in Washington state, resulting in continuing growth and sustainability.

WATR is industry focused and responsive to workforce needs. It is committed to providing innovative and relevant programs of study for present and future manufacturing workers, that meet the demands of the fast-paced industry.

WATR doesn't just train potential employees - Washington manufacturing companies seek out its help for creating customized training programs for their own employees and expanding upon their existing skillsets. 


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Aerospace Futures Alliance

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