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 (MAP). 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
  • Associate degree through Greenville Technical College
  • 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
  • Have a high school diploma or GED (or be 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 classes fully dedicated 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 combining five semesters of academic training at Greenville Technical College 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.

Pay
GE covers the cost of tuition, books, and other fees at Greenville Technical College and pays apprentices for academic and on-the-job training. (Apprentices may elect to use scholarship funds if available.)

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Machinist do?

A machinist uses metal cutting equipment to produce parts based on measurements and tolerances outlined in a blueprint. In order to conform metal to the desired outcome, machinists use equipment such as:  

  • Lathes
  • Vertical Bore Machines (VBM)
  • Vertical Turret Lathes (VTL) 
  • Milling Machines
  • Horizontal Bore Machines (HBM)

How can I learn more about Machining?

  1. Learn more about machining while still in high school through local technical programs.
  2. Visit Greenville Technical College’s website and read about the classes offered in programs such as Machine Tool Technology.
  3. Check out videos on GE’s YouTube channel. Select “Powering” and take a peek at what is going on at GE Power and Water.

Where can I gain hands-on skills while still in high school?

While still enrolled in high school, you can apply to take classes for part of the day at a local career center. Look for a career center that has a Machine Tool Technology class where you can gain valuable hands-on machining experience with mills, lathes, and grinders.

Speak with your teachers and guidance counselors about programs offered at career centers in your area.

What does the Apprentice Program prepare you for?

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. Students will be enrolled in classes with the other apprentices in the program. Throughout the course of the program, apprentices will complete courses determined by GE that will fulfill the requirements for the following certificates: Basic Machine Operations (CIT.BMO6), CNC Prep (CIT.CNP6), and CNC Machine Operator (CIT.CN6).

What is the duration of the program?

The program lasts two years. Apprentices will have five semesters of academic training and a minimum of 2000 hours of on-the-job training. For example, in the first two semesters, apprentices will work two days per week and attend classes three days per week.

How much will I be paid while I am in the apprentice program?

Apprentices are paid for on-the-job training. In addition, GE covers the cost of tuition, books, and other fees while enrolled in the apprentice program.

Am I guaranteed to be offered a full-time job at the end of the program?

Offers for a full-time position are 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 March 4 - April 29. Selected apprentices will begin classes in August per the schedule at Greenville Technical College.

Interested candidates can apply online at: www.gegasturbinejobs.com. Complete an application for the job titled: "Machinist Apprentice Program."

Have questions? Email questions to gasturbinejobs.greenville@ge.com.

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