Advanced Manufacturing Skills Center


Industry Support

The Advanced Manufacturing Skills Center (AMSC) is an educational resource for career pathways in the aerospace, maritime, and manufacturing industry. We collaborate with manufacturing businesses and organizations to deliver premier industry-driven training to support manufacturing in Washington state, resulting in continuing growth and sustainability.

Manufacturing in Washington State

Interesting Facts

  • In 2022, 8.60% of the Washington state workforce was employed in the manufacturing industry - that's 268,000 jobs.
  • In 2021, by far the largest manufacturing sector in Washington State was "Aerospace and other transportation equipment" with an output of $27,910 mil.
  • As of 2019, Washington state was home to 6,462 manufacturing firms, including approximately 1,500 aerospace-related companies that supply parts for every aircraft manufactured world-wide.
  • Washington is 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.
  • As of 2023, Boeing is the second largest employer in the state of Washington and employs over 60,000 people.
  • Many people in the industry are third and fourth generation employees, a testament to the quality and loyalty of the state's manufacturing workforce.
  • Washington’s maritime sector encompasses 2,300 companies that employ 69,500+ workers.
  • 2% of jobs in Washington are maritime-related and an additional 3.8% of the workforce supports the industry.
  • The state has the highest per capita boat usage in the nation – 250,000+ watercraft ply Washington’s waterways for business and pleasure.
  • Of the 117 shipyards in the U.S., nearly a quarter are located in Washington state.
  • Need even more reasons to start a career in manufacturing? Find these and even more interesting manufacturing facts at The National Association of Manufacturers or Choose Washington

Working With Industry

Instructor showing students an autoclaveThe AMSC 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.

The AMSC 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.