GE Gas Turbine Machinist Apprentice Program

GE Power is partnering with Greenville Technical College to develop skilled machinists through the GE Gas Turbine Machinist Apprentice Program. Program participants are paid for academic and on-the-job training. Tuition, books, and fees are paid by GE. 

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. 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 Technical College. 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) and CNC Machine Operator (CIT.CN6).

During the program, apprentices must meet all academic requirements set by Greenville Technical College 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 days. During the last three semesters, apprentices will work 3 days per week and attend class for 2 days. During school closings and breaks between semesters apprentice will work full time.

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

Continued employment
The availability of full time Machinist positions may vary based on business conditions and need. Eligibility for available full time positions is contingent upon the completion of the program in good academic standing, performance evaluations, and passing 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:

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