Meeting demand for thousands of open positions in aerospace across the State of Washington, the Aerospace Futures Alliance (AFA) and the Washington State Space Coalition (WSSC) are holding the state’s only Aerospace Job Fair for commercial and defense aviation, space and unmanned aerial systems companies and interested job candidates on Monday, January 7, 2019, at the assesso ShoWare Center, in partnership with the City of Kent.

The Job Fair is set to attract dozens of employers and more than 500 candidates from Washington state, the Pacific Northwest and across the U.S., making it the perfect opportunity for companies to highlight careers in aerospace that appeal to all levels and types of qualified job applicants. Applicants can enter the job fair free, but are requested to register in advance at

Employers such as Carlisle Interconnect Technologies are seeking to fill more than 200 job openings.

“Carlisle Interconnect Technologies looks for people who love a challenge, embrace growth, and strive to innovate in their roles. We value collaboration, innovation and a welcoming and supportive workplace. We currently have openings for Electrical Assemblers, Quality Inspectors, Material Handlers, and Manufacturing Engineers! All of our openings can be found at,” said Tara Stacy, recruiter, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies.

For job seekers, the job fair provides an opportunity to get in front of employers and to learn about careers in aerospace. Candidates should come prepared to talk one-on-one with Human Resources and hiring managers. Experience levels being sought are across the board from entry level, recent college graduates, certificated, AA, experienced professionals, and veterans and military reserve.

The demand to fill open positions in aerospace continues despite overall aerospace industry job growth from 2012 to 2017, which saw employment numbers increase by more than 31 percent during that time period, and include positions such as (more at

  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Aircraft Structures Mechanic
  • Aircraft Test Technicians
  • Assembler
  • Project Manager
  • Automation and Controls Tech
  • Aviation Maintenance Technician
  • Avionics
  • CNC Programmer/Machinist
  • Computer Scientist
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Human Resources
  • Information Systems
  • Injection Molder
  • In Tank Aircraft Sealer
  • IT Business Intelligence
  • Kit Cutter
  • Laminator
  • Laser Operator
  • Machine Repair Mechanic
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechatronics Maintenance
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Press Operator
  • Shipping/Receiving Clerk
  • Design Engineer
  • Thermoplastics Technicians
  • Tool Maker
  • Trimmer
  • Quality Assurance Inspector
  • Welder

Job Fair Activities:

  • Career coaching
  • Interviewing skills
  • On-site interviews
  • Resume assistance
  • Win great prizes

Former Seahawk, Michael Jackson, will emcee!

Make an impression. Candidates should bring multiple copies of their resume and dress to impress!

A number of entities have joined with AFA and WSSC to help meet the rising demand for qualified employees by volunteering to help promote the job fair. A few of them include the City of Kent, Hexcel, Department of Veterans Affairs, Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aerial Systems, WorkSource, Everett Community College, Edmonds Community College, University of Washington, Washington State University, Green River College, AJAC Training, Career & Technical Education Kent, WATR Center, Economic Development Board Tacoma Pierce County, Greater Spokane Inc., INWAC, Economic Alliance Snohomish County, Kitsap Aerospace & Defense Alliance, Greater Seattle Partnership, and many others.

AFA and WSSC, a line of business under the AFA umbrella, are involved in a multitude of medium and long-rang workforce development initiatives that seek to build an educated and trained workforce through a number of innovative initiatives. These important initiatives will provide in-depth and student career-long opportunities for exploring a variety of STEM and manufacturing careers, some culminating in paid apprenticeships, with all potentially leading to family wage jobs in numerous industries.

Employers can register for a booth at AFA and WSSC Employer Members receive a 20 percent discount on registration. Employer registration costs cover the facility, event promotion, and outreach.

Participating Employers:

  • Aero-Plastics, Inc.
  • AIM Aerospace
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Aviation Technical Services
  • Blue Origin
  • Boeing
  • Cadence Aerospace
  • CarlisleIT
  • Crane Aerospace
  • Exotic Metals Forming Company
  • Hexcel
  • Horizon Air
  • Jamco America
  • Machinists, Inc.
  • Mitsubishi Aircraft
  • Orion Aerospace
  • Pioneer Industries
  • Systima
  • TECT Aerospace
  • Tool Gauge
  • Toray Composites America


WHERE: accesso ShoWare Center | 625 W James St, Kent, WA 98032

WHEN: 9am – 6pm | Monday, January 7, 2019

Free Parking!

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