Meet Our Staff
John comes to AJAC with over 10 years vocational case management and other non- profit service experience. John has sales, outreach, training, program management, and advocacy experience as well. John earned his Master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University located in Cleveland Ohio and has lived in the Puget Sound region since 2010.
In 2019, John was hired by AJAC to serve as our Apprenticeship Navigator.
Manufacturing Academy Instructor
Troy comes to AJAC with over 30 years of Journeyman Machinist experience. His background includes using conventional lathes and mills, CNC lathes and mills, precision grinding equipment, welding, as well as precision inspection equipment, and many other general machine shop equipment. Troy specializes in prototype parts, research and development, tooling, and numerous high tolerance repair situations, along with years of production experience.
Troy learned machining first-hand while working with his Dad and other peers at Precision Engineering Inc. for 7 years. He then went to Flow International Inc. for 20 years and specialized in high-pressure waterjet systems and LEAN Manufacturing. After that, Troy started a machine shop of his own making high quality, tight tolerance, precision parts for local companies which included Blue Origin, Flow International, Quest Integrated, and Glowforge, among many others. He gained respect of many local companies and vendors, building solid relationships to exceed their expectations, delivering products on time, while learning to run his business successfully for over 7 years.
In January 2018, Troy was hired as an instructor for AJAC’s Manufacturing Academy Pre-Apprenticeship Program. Troy simply has a passion to pass his knowledge on to others. His experience by running his own business, working for others, and his ambitious drive, will make him successful in his endeavors to pass on all his skills. Troy is also certified in CPR / First-Aid / AED, Community Emergency Response Team Training, and the Citizens Police Academy.
Manufacturing Academy Instructor
Derek comes to AJAC with over five years of aerospace and advanced manufacturing experience – both at AIM Aerospace, Inc., and Boeing. After spending a couple of years at Microsoft as a Audio Visual Technician, Derek developed his passion for workforce development and worker retraining.
In February 2017, Derek was hired as an instructor for AJAC’s Manufacturing Academy pre-apprenticeship program at South Seattle College – Georgetown Campus. Through his leadership in the classroom, Derek was hired by AJAC to become the organization’s first Workforce Development Coordinator (WDC).
As the WDC, Derek is be responsible for coordinating and conducting focused advising and student support services to help students persist in AJAC programs. Derek works closely with AJAC’s Advanced Manufacturing Prep (AMP) Training Program and Manufacturing Academy in both Kent and Tacoma, Washington.
Alex comes to AJAC with nearly 10 years of manufacturing experience. His career started in a manual machine shop where he managed the shop floor and ran manual mills and lathes. The following years were spent in a highly competitive CNC shop, where he honed his skills in setup and operation across multiple machines, and specialized in difficult metals, troubleshooting, and program edits. While working as a machinist, Alex also completed the 4-year machinist apprenticeship through AJAC.
In 2018 Alex joined the AJAC team to teach evening classes for the Apprenticeship program. Later that year he was brought on as a full-time instructor for AJAC’s pre-apprenticeship program, the Manufacturing Academy. Alex is Certified as a Journeyman through the Washington State Apprenticeship Council (WSAC). He is also certified in CPR, First-Aid, AED, CPR, OSHA 10, and Manufacturing Skills Standard Council as an Instructor & Expert in Manufacturing Process & Production, Safety, Quality Practices & Measurement, & Maintenance Awareness.