The I-5 and I-90 Aerospace Corridors in Washington state comprise the largest aerospace cluster in the world, with over 100,000 employees. The Washington Manufacturing Community was created to help retain and grow these and other key advanced manufacturing jobs. And thanks to the federal Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership program, Washington Manufacturing Community partners can take advantage of federal grants to boost workforce programs, support research and development projects and help manufacturers diversify. Learn more about the Washington Manufacturing Community and what our partners are doing to ensure economic prosperity.
From digitized equipment to 3D printing to materials with custom-designed properties, a whole host of new design, production, and business capabilities are ushering in new types of manufacturing collectively referred to as "advanced manufacturing." Jobs that once required a largely unskilled, trainable workforce are declining or moving overseas. Manufacturing no longer needs legions of trainable employees that specialize in a single skill. The prevalence of computer-controlled machinery, managed by systems like job shop manufacturing software, now demands manufacturing workers that possess a combination of math skills, intuition, and often a college degree. These new high-tech jobs roles are increasingly mobile across industries.