Machinist, Maintenance Craftsman, Non-Destructive Tester
Greenville Technical College and SC Technical College System
The GE Vernova Gas Turbine Machinist Apprenticeship Program (MAP) out of Greenville, South Carolina is now in its 11th year. The 3-year program combines on-the-job training with classroom learning in collaboration with Greenville Technical College as well as other local colleges, with all tuition, books, and fees paid for by the company. Apprentices earn a 2-year degree in Machine Tool Technology and apply their learnings in the shop. The on-the-job training consists of 3-month rotations in the factory where apprentices learn and train in various aspects of gas turbine manufacturing. Not only do they learn about machining, but they are also exposed to a wide variety of processes including assembly, 3D Printing, CAD/CAM, and inspection.
Wade Herrin, Director of Apprenticeship Program, GE Vernova
The Apprentice Program is beneficial to both the employee and the company. The company invests in the employee to learn skills which the employee can use for the rest of their career. At the same time, the company has built a foundation for technical talent that can be further developed and grown over time.