Boeing Pre-Employment Training

Program Goal

St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solutions Group and the Florissant Valley Campus formed a joint venture with Boeing, (with assistance from the State of Missouri Division of Workforce Development), to develop and provide a Pre-employment Training Program in order to create a candidates for Boeing when Boeing has an immediate hiring need. Two pathways were developed: Sheet Metal Assembler, Riveter (SMAR) and Composites Technology.

Schedule and Location

Day and evening classes available. This accelerated job training program is offered in partnership with Boeing St. Louis through St. Louis Community College Workforce Solutions Group and takes place at the Center for Workforce Innovation adjacent to the Florissant Valley Campus.


Since 2007, Boeing and STLCC's innovative workforce development partnership has trained and positioned job candidates for successful careers at Boeing. Not only will students develop the important technical skills and the soft skills (like teamwork and communication) that Boeing seeks, graduates are guaranteed an interview with Boeing.


Boeing curriculum was scrubbed of anything proprietary and used in our STLCC labs. The training is delivered by Boeing retirees. Sheet Metal Assembler & Riveter (SMAR) – 208 Contact Hours - This course is designed to prepare students for entry into the fabrication of sheet metal assemblies for the aircraft production industry. Composites Technology – 160 Contact Hours – This course is designed to prepare student for entry into the fabrication of composite assemblies for the aircraft production industry.

Skills Acquired

Sheet Metal Assembler & Riveter (SMAR) – This course provides entry-level skills in hole preparation and installation of fasteners, including rivets, lockbolts, nutplate installation and removal procedures, and safe practices related to manufacturing aircraft metal structures. Composites Technology – This course provides entry-level skills in aircraft fundamentals, intro to composites, composite materials, safety, material handling and control, lay-up principles, pressure and curing.


Participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age. (Except for our high school senior classes)
  • Have achieved high school diploma or high school equivalency. (Except for our high school senior classes)
  • Pass WorkKeys Assessments: Applied Math: 4; Workplace Documents: 5, Graphic Literacy: 4

Cost of Program (Full Breakdown plus WorkKeys)

There is no cost to the student. This program is paid for by Boeing St. Louis.

Career Outlook

Although the O-Net outlook for aircraft assemblers does not show a great increase in jobs over the next few years, Boeing continues to be one of the largest employers in St. Louis. They have been and continue to hire consistently. Through this program alone, Boeing has hired over 900 employees since 2007.

Refund of Fees

NA since there is no cost for the training.

How to Get Started

Go to for details. 


Once you have gone to the website and sent in a resume, a Boeing PET college staff member will contact you with next steps.