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GE Gas Turbine Machinist Apprentice Program

GE Power & Water is partnering with Greenville Technical College to develop skilled machinists through the GE Gas Turbine Machinist Apprentice Program. The program provides compensation for on-the-job training and covers tuition and books. 

The GE Gas Turbine Machinist Apprentice program combines both academic studies and on-the-job training to develop the fundamentals required to become a skilled machinist with GE Power & Water. Apprentices are given the necessary training in basic measurements, assembly, safety, print reading, and other manufacturing processes to prepare themselves for an in-demand, skilled craft. 

Program Benefits

  • Develop in-demand skills
  • Hands-on experience working in a manufacturing environment
  • Personal development through coaching and mentoring
  • Exposure to the latest machining technology
  • Join a leading employer in the Greenville community for 40 years

Program qualifications

Applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be a high school graduate or graduating this spring
  • Apprentices will be required to pass a pre-employment background check and drug screen prior to starting
  • Applicants will be required to complete employment evaluations through applications, testing, and interviews

Additional key skills or experience desired include

  • Strong mechanical and mathematical aptitude
  • Ability and eagerness to learn
  • Great communication skills 

How the program works

Apprentices are enrolled in fully dedicated classes to GE while at Greenville Tech. During the training, apprentices will complete courses to develop skills in blueprint reading, machine operation, and CNC operations. At the completion of the program, apprentices will meet the requirements for the following certificates: Basic Machine Operations (CIT.BMO6), CNC Prep (CIT.CNP6), and CNC Machine Operator (CIT.CN6).

During the program, apprentices must meet all academic requirements set by Greenville Tech and maintain a 3.0 grade point average to continue on the program.

Program details

Length of the program
This is a two-year program consisting of five semesters of academic training and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training. For the first two semesters apprentices will work for 2 days of the week and attend classes for 3. During the last three semesters, apprentices will work 3 days per week and attend class for 2. During school closings and breaks between semesters apprentice will work full time.

Pay
GE covers the cost of tuition, books, and other fees at Greenville Technical College and pays apprentices for on-the-job training.

Continued employment
Apprentices who successfully complete the program will transition into a full-time machinist role. To successfully complete the program an apprentice must maintain good academic standing, receive strong performance evaluations, and pass job qualification tests.

Apply for the program

GE’s typical application window is in March and April each year. Selected apprentices will begin classes in August per the schedule at Greenville Technical College.

Interested candidates can apply online at: www.gegasturbinejobs.com.

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