Tech Prep is a summer student development program for high school juniors who have their eye on a future in aerospace manufacturing. The Boeing Company management and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers are proud to be sponsors of this program in the Portland, Oregon metro area.
To be considered, students must be at least 16 years old; have a 2.5 GPA or higher; and obtain a recommendation from a school teacher, counselor, or other professional. After applications have been received, Boeing conducts a down-select process and then invites students to a formal, in-person structured interview. Pending the results of that process, 12 students are offered positions as summer interns for year one of the program. This program is non-residential and each intern is responsible for their own food, transportation and housing.
Programs generally take place during the summer months however the duration of each program varies by year.
- Year one consists of coursework designed to build: technical and math skills, blueprint reading capability, and safety and teamwork competence. Students complete projects including the design and manufacture of a hammer using lathes and mills. They learn about the Boeing manufacturing system as well as potential career paths in aerospace manufacturing.
- Year two builds upon first-year skills, with the additional component of meeting their customer’s expectations. A customer presents project requirements, including specifications and desired functionality. Students then work together in teams to design and build the project (a rocket boat), a process that provides several opportunities for testing, redesign, and product improvement. The customer then reviews the final products and offers feedback to the teams with regard to their efforts and success or failure in meeting the project requirements.
- Year three students participate in a six-week job-shadow program based on their primary areas of interest. Students rotate through a variety of areas such as quality assurance, manufacturing engineering, maintenance, painting, and assembly. A one-week interview skills and resume writing workshop follows.
Watch Tech Prep in Action here!