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Tech Prep - Machining & Assembly Opportunities


The following information applies to a typical year.
Stay tuned for more information regarding programs in 2021.


The Boeing Company and the International Association of Machinists (IAM) and Aerospace Workers have been proud sponsors of summer student development programs serving high school students in the Portland Metro area for over 25 years. As a Tech Prep student, you will learn real-world manufacturing skills, with a focus on safety and quality. Take the first step in building your career in manufacturing, while getting paid to learn!

Machining Tech Prep
Over the course of three summer sessions, you will learn foundational manufacturing skills such as using drills, mills, and lathes to turn raw material in to finished parts. This program is designed for current high school students beginning the summer between their junior and senior years. If chosen to participant in the program, you will be invited back each consecutive summer.

  • Year 1:Is a four-week program to build technical and math skills, blueprint reading, safety and teamwork. Projects include designing and manufacturing sample parts using lathes and mills. You will learn about the Boeing manufacturing system as well as potential career paths in aerospace manufacturing.
  • Year 2: Is a four-week program that builds upon first-year skills in a team competition where you and your team will design and build a rocket boat. Teams will be responsible for designing, testing, and redesigning their boats in a race to improve their product.
  • Year 3: Is a seven-week job-shadow program based on your personal area of interest. You will rotate through a variety of work groups such as Machining, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing Engineering, Maintenance, Paint, and Assembly, concluding with a resume and interview skill building workshop.

Assembly Tech Prep
Assembly Tech Prep is a six-week program for recent high school graduates interested in pursuing a career in aerospace manufacturing. In this program you will learn manufacturing and assembly skills such as reading blue prints, riveting, drilling, and honing parts in Boeing’s training lab. You will have the opportunity to job shadow Boeing professionals on the shop floor. A resume and interview skill building workshop concludes the program.


  • 16+ years of age by program start date
  • Maintain a 2.5+ GPA
  • Pass drug screening and receive security approval prior to the program start date(s)
  • Must be a U.S. Person*

*A U.S. Person is either a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, permanent resident alien (green card holder), alien admitted to U.S. as refugee, alien granted asylum in U.S. AND is not affiliated with a company incorporated outside the U.S., a foreign government entity or a foreign organization. Please contact Boeing Security (503-676-1886) if clarification is necessary.

To Apply:

  • TBD

What Happens After I Apply?

After applications have been received, Boeing invites select students to a formal, in-person structured interview. Applicants selected to participate in the program(s) will be contacted by a Boeing-approved contractor. Those not accepted will be contacted by Boeing Portland.

Important Dates:

Machining Tech Prep

  • 2021 Program Dates TBD.

Assembly Tech Prep

  • 2021 Program Dates TBD.



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Programs are non-residential. If you are invited to participate in the program, you are responsible for your own housing, transportation and food.

Boeing is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Contact Portland Joint Programs at 1-800-854-1310 or via email