HAWTHORNE, Calif., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The aerospace fastener manufacturing industry is a global market that generates $6.5 billion in global sales. Nearly half of the global market for the production and distribution of aerospace fasteners exists in Southern California. But, in spite of rising unemployment rates in the state, the industry still faces significant challenges in keeping up with the demand and finding skilled workers. Currently, over 10,000 Southern Californians are employed by local aerospace fastener manufacturers and distributors, but many of these veteran workers hold 16-20 years of experience, and are due to retire in the next five to 10 years. The aerospace fastener industry in Southern California is projected to need 200-400 skilled workers over the next five years.
The Centers for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) @
The CACT teamed with a host of industry partners including the Industrial Fastener Institute (IFI), Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS), Bristol Industries, B&B Specialties, Click Bond, California Screw Products, LISI Aerospace, Monogram Aerospace Fasteners, PB Fasteners, Cherry Aerospace, and The Young Engineers, to form a highly specialized alliance dedicated to curriculum development. The eight-week, for-credit training program includes 96 hours of industry paid internship at a local aerospace fastener manufacturer, which allows people with virtually no manufacturing skills to achieve good paying jobs quickly.
David Gonzales, director of CACT @ at
Tim Lee, a representative from Congresswoman Laura Richardson's office said, "I'm really thrilled that this program is here at Compton College; it gives us the opportunity to set a standard that others can exhibit to other districts and schools the kinds of things that can be done."
For information about the Aerospace Fastener Training Program, contact David Gonzales, Director, CACT @