Arlington, Washington, once dubbed “The Shingle Capital of the World” is a small-sized town located 20 miles north of Everett that was built on the economic success of the timber, railroad and farming industries throughout the 20century. Arlington is also home to one of AJAC’s newest apprentices, Davelyn Patrick.

Davelyn, or better known around her friends and family as Davie, is an AJAC machining apprentice for AMT Monroe, a state-of-the-art manufacturer of precision-machined surgical implants and instruments for original equipment manufacturers in the orthopedic, spinal and dental industries.

Davie’s first exposure to heavy machinery was in a 7grade shop class where she learned how to operate a manual lathe. Although becoming a machinist wasn’t an occupation she gave much consideration, it opened her eyes to the careers and opportunities available in the advanced manufacturing industry.

Davie was hired on as an entry-level machine operator for AMT Monroe in May 2012 where she developed a strong foundation and knowledge of the industry. “I knew from the first day in the shop that this is what I was going to do,” she explained. “I continuously asked questions, took notes and began asking about the apprenticeship program.”

Davie’s inspiration to pursue a career as a machinist stemmed from her parents who were mechanically-savvy with engines and machines of all types. Her previous work experience in the construction and roofing industry undoubtedly helped Davelyn develop a strong work-ethic and desire to be a well-rounded individual in the workplace.

As a woman in a male-dominated industry, Davie has become a role model to the thousands of aspiring female machinists in Washington State through her persistence and go-getter attitude. “I say if you’re interested or think you might enjoy it, GO FOR IT! Don’t let anyone tell you ‘you can’t.’ Machine shops are often hiring (employees) with little to no experience. All you have to do is get your foot in the door and keep moving forward.”

From her first day on the job, Davie’s personal goal was to be a part of AJAC’s machining apprenticeship program. “I knew I wanted to be in it from the first month I was at work and getting chosen was a huge deal to me,” she said. As an apprentice, Davie is thrilled to finish her first year in the program and uses it as a platform to expand her knowledge and “share with others to build a stronger work team.”

Davelyn is on pace to finish her first year as an AJAC machinist next winter and will graduate from the apprenticeship program in 2017.