Hussain Sabah, 18
Program: Precision machining at Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center
Q: How did you come to enroll in this program?
A: Actually, Sno-Isle came to my school (Mariner High) and they showed a video. I liked it. I interviewed and I got in.
Q: Are you particularly interested in aerospace, or are you simply looking for steady work?
A: My dream is to work at Boeing. I think about Boeing because of the money and it’s a real good place to work, especially getting to work in aerospace. It has a real good future.
Q: Why this and not something else?
A: With precision machining, you can work in a lot of places. With precision machining, you can work on cars, work at Boeing and other jobs. That’s why I like it. I see people going to college who don’t get work when they graduate, and college is super expensive. With a job as a technician, I think I can get work. From there, I try to go up.
Q: What skill in particular are you hoping to acquire?
A: Just good technical skills and certification. I’m learning you also have to have a math focus and just avoid kidding around at work or you might do something wrong.
Q: What would be your ideal first job after this education/training?
A: I would love to work for Boeing. Any place that gives me good money, I will go for it.
Q: What would you like to be doing in five or 10 years?
A: I would like to be at Boeing. I want to go to higher levels of precision machining. If I work for a long time, maybe I can be a supervisor. (Sno-Isle teacher) Tom (Clemans) said I should always try to learn from other machinists. Older machinists have a lot of experience and can teach you a lot. They have a lot of information you have to know.
Q: Do you follow Boeing in the news? How do you feel about the company’s prospects?
A: I work at New Breed (Logistics), a company that supplies for Boeing. I work at picking, filling an order. Boeing sends orders to us. I look at (aerospace) magazines there and that’s how I follow the news. I think Boeing will be around a long time. I moved here from Iraq. The life I lived before made me think a lot about the future. That’s why I wanted the job I have and why I am taking precision machining.
Q: Would you be willing to relocate to get the right job in your field, or would you prefer to stay in the Puget Sound region?
A: Wherever Boeing is, I will go. Middle East, anywhere, I will go. I will go anywhere they send me, wherever there is good money.
Q: When did you first travel by air, and where did you go?
A: I went to Syria before I came to the United States. I spent three years in Syria. Coming here, it is like going from hell to paradise. I now have a future. In my country, I don’t know. When I got here, everyone smiles to me. I was surprised.
Q: What will air transportation be like in 50 years?
A: This time, I don’t know the answer. I don’t know what will happen. Maybe in 50 years, I will be like Tom, teaching precision machining. I was so excited to come to Sno-Isle. They spent a lot of money on the precision machining program.
High school students from Snohomish and Island counties can take courses in precision machining, welding or robotics and electronics technology at Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center. Students spend half a day at Sno-Isle and half a day at their local high school. In many of the programs, students also can receive college credit for the high school courses.