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College Machining Student Development Program


Due to the current circumstances involving COVID-19, the College Machining Student Development Program is cancelled for the year 2021.


The Boeing Company and the International Association of Machinists (IAM) and Aerospace Workers are proud sponsors of the College Machining Student Development program serving community college students in the Portland Metro area. As a student in this program, you will learn real-world manufacturing skills, with a focus on safety and quality. The program is a seven-week, job shadow opportunity where you will get real life manufacturing experience and learn from Boeing professionals. Throughout the program you will have the opportunity to shadow in the areas of machining, inspection and other manufacturing skills in an aerospace environment. Take the first step in building your career in manufacturing, while getting paid to learn!

To Qualify:

  • You must complete at least 50% of your college machining curriculum by the start date of the program for which you are selected.
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher.
  • Be 18+ years of age by program start date.
  • Pass drug screening and receive security approval prior to the program start date(s)
  • 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:

  • The 2021 application will be available in January 2021.

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:

  • 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