How Boeing and IAM’s Decades-Long Partnership is Soaring to New Heights

A Boeing Jet takes off, with the words IAM BOEING + Aircraft Maintainer superimposed over the image

Some Background Information

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is a labor union that represents workers in various industries, including aerospace. They coined the term “IAM Boeing” to refer to the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between IAM and Boeing. It outlines the terms and conditions of employment for IAM-represented employees at Boeing, including wages, benefits, and working conditions.

Boeing, a major American aerospace company that designs, manufactures, and sells commercial and military aircraft, satellites, and more, is a party to this agreement.

IAM Boeing Joint Programs: Education Assistance

The two organizations have had a long-standing relationship that spans decades. They have jointly implemented programs that have improved the lives of Boeing employees – and their families – in many ways. What we want to highlight today is their education assistance.

Boeing has committed to providing opportunities for its employees to enhance their skills and knowledge. The IAM has played an important role in achieving this goal by partnering with Boeing. Through this collaboration, Boeing offers a range of education and training programs to IAM-represented employees, such as tuition assistance, apprenticeships, and skill-specific training.

Tuition Assistance Program

The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is one of the most important education assistance programs available to Boeing employees who are represented by IAM. This program offers financial assistance to employees who are pursuing college degrees or other forms of higher education, such as vocational or technical training.

Under TAP, eligible employees can receive up to $15,000 per year to cover the costs of tuition, books, and fees. This benefit can be particularly valuable for employees who may not have had the means to afford higher education otherwise. It can help them to enhance their skills, progress in their careers, and boost their earning potential.


In addition, IAM Boeing joint programs provide apprenticeship programs that enable employees to acquire new skills and practical experience in various trades. Apprenticeships are offered in areas such as welding, machining, and electrical work, among others.

During their apprenticeships, employees gain experience and receive classroom instruction, while also earning a wage. Upon completing the program, they are awarded a journeyman’s certificate, which can be an important credential in their profession.

Skill-Specific Training

IAM Boeing joint programs offer a variety of skill-specific training programs that allow employees to improve their expertise in specific areas. These programs are designed to assist employees in acquiring new skills or improving their existing ones, and they can be particularly beneficial for employees who aspire to advance their careers within Boeing.

Leadership development, project management, and safety training are among the skill-specific training programs available through IAM Boeing joint programs.

A Great Partnership with Great Benefits

IAM Boeing joint programs’ education assistance programs are a valuable benefit for employees at Boeing. These programs present chances for employees to improve their skills and knowledge, which can lead to career advancement and increased earning potential.

As an IAM-represented Boeing employee, it’s worth exploring these programs to determine whether they align with your career objectives. There are programs accessible to assist you in reaching your goals, whether you want to pursue higher education, learn a new trade, or acquire new skills.

What’s that mean for you?

Aircraft Maintainer is now able to take IAMBoeing Vouchers for our FCC GROL course, so if you’re a Boeing employee, you’re now able to take this course with zero out-of-pocket expenses! Sign up today at and used the word “BOEING” in the referral box. 


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