Pratt & Whitney Information

Pratt & Whitney

A-B Tech partners with a new local employer, Pratt & Whitney, an American aerospace manufacturer. With global service operations, the company is building a 1 million-square-foot advanced manufacturing center on a 100-acre site in South Asheville. This local plant will make airfoils for civilian and military engines, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and several Airbus and Embraer civilian jets. To operate the plant, Pratt & Whitney will need to hire skilled workers. A-B Tech offers the training needed to develop the necessary technical skills for new hires.

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Pratt & Whitney Future Home

A-B Tech is working to provide a pipeline of skilled workers. Pratt & Whitney has endorsed short-term training programs including:

  • Machining Fundamentals
    15 weeks, 330 hours
    Learn to operate mills and lathes, drill presses, saws, and grinders. Students work hands-on with actual equipment to learn basic automated machining. Additional course topics include an introduction to CNC machining, shop safety, blueprint reading, shop math, Lean Manufacturing principles, teamwork, and problem-solving.

  • Certified Production Technician
    Online, self-paced
    Covers safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing and production processes, and maintenance awareness. This course prepares students to pass the four exams required to receive the Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification.

  • CNC 101
    6 weeks, 96 hours, Prerequisite = Machining Fundamentals or at least one year of industry experience
    Work hands-on with CNC mills and lathes to learn basic automated machining. Topics include CNC programming, setup, operation, troubleshooting and maintenance, general machining principles, shop safety, blueprint reading, shop math, Lean Manufacturing principles, teamwork, and problem-solving.

For more information, contact the Advanced Manufacturing Center at or (828) 398-7760.

A-B Tech Classes Endorsed by Pratt & Whitney

Other Regional Community Colleges Offering Similar Programs

Other Western Region Community Colleges offer similar programs, which also increase students' opportunities for employment with Pratt & Whitney.

Mayland Community College Certified Production Technician

For more information contact:

Ted Ollis

Haywood Community College Machining Level One Certification

For more information contact:

Doug Birchfield

Blue Ridge Community College

Machining Fundamentals

Industrial Maintenance

Non-Destructive Testing QA/ QC

For more information contact:

Shanda Bedoian

Western Piedmont Community College Machining Technology Certificate

For more information contact:

Rick Furse

McDowell Tech Community College Certified Production Technician

Stacey Buff



General Information About the Local Pratt & Whitney Project:

New jobs: 800 over 5 years, 300 – 400 to start
Job categories: Machine setup and operation, quality, material handling, engineering, shipping and receiving, facility and equipment maintenance, and business support
Number of shifts: 3
Salaries: Undetermined at this time. P&W has a projected annual payroll of nearly $55 million, with the positions averaging $68,000 a year.
Planned open date: 2023
  • 2022
    Applications accepted
    Pre-hire assessments (A-B Tech)
    Training for new hires (A-B Tech)
  • TBD
    Plant operational