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INA Apprenticeship Program

Becoming an INA apprentice is a great way to earn money while you are earning your college degree. As an apprentice, you will combine class time at Northeastern Technical College with on-the-job training that exposes you to real-life work experiences.
What is the INA Apprenticeship Program?

NETC students who enter the INA Apprenticeship Program are hired as regular, full-time employees by INA an enjoy the same excellent benefits offered to other INA employees including wages, vacation and health care coverage. Apprentices are enrolled as full-time students at NETC where they work to earn an Associate Degree in Machine Tool Technology with all college expenses being paid by INA (books, tuition and supplies). 

How long is the program?

The program is 3½ years in length (7,000 hours).  Apprentices sign a formal Apprenticeship Agreement with INA wherein they agree to stay with the company for a minimum of 2 years after completion of the program. This adds up to a total commitment of 5½ years.

What classes do apprentices take?

The education portion of the program follows NETC’s requirements for the Associate Degree in Industrial Technology in Machine Tool Technology (with some additional courses selected by INA). Students attend classes at the college 40 hours per week in the first year and approximately 20 hours per week in the second year. Apprentices are required to maintain an overall “C” or better average in their course work.

What is the on-the-job training like?

The on-job-training segment of the program includes in-depth exposure to practically every facet of INA’s manufacturing and/or tooling support operations along with practical training in the skills required for metalworking trades.

What degree and credentials do apprentices earn?

Upon completion of the program, students graduate with an Associate Degree in Machine Tool Technology and a Journeyman’s License from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Program Overview

1st Year
• ½ day academic and shop theory studies at NETC Cheraw
• ½ day in NETC INA metalworking projects lab beginning with forming metals using hand tools, followed by learning to use metal forming equipment such as lathes, milling machines, grinders, etc.

2nd Year
• ½ day at NETC Cheraw, ½ day on-the-job training via job rotation in various departments at INA plants.

3rd Year
• On-the-job training via job rotation at INA plants, then assigned to “home"” department

How do you enter the program?
INA normally announces the program and conducts their screening in June of each year.  Once announced, applicants are asked to apply in person at SC Works, 460 Highway 9 West, Bennettsville, SC

 The INA Apprenticeship Program is registered as part of the National Apprenticeship Program by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training (registration number IV-SC-10344).


HIGHLAND Apprenticeship Program

Becoming a HIGHLAND apprentice is a great way to earn some money, while you are taking free, accredited, Industrial Maintenance related, courses. As an apprentice, you will combine class time at Northeastern Technical College with on-the-job training that exposes you to real-life work experiences.

What is the HIGHLAND Apprenticeship Program?
NETC students who enter the HIGHLAND Apprenticeship Program are hired as regular, full-time employees by HIGHLAND. At the beginning of the month, after 30 days of employment, you would enjoy the same excellent benefits offered to other HIGHLAND employees; including wages, paid vacation time off, and health care coverage. Apprentices are enrolled as full-time students at NETC where they work to complete a pre-selected set of courses with all college expenses being paid by HIGHLAND (books, tuition and supplies).

How long is the program?
The program is 1 year in length (420 hours). Apprentices sign a formal Apprenticeship Agreement with HIGHLAND wherein they agree to stay with the company for a minimum of 2 years after completion of the program. This adds up to a total commitment of 3 years.

What classes do apprentices take?
The education portion of the program follows NETC's requirements for the Industrial Maintenance program (with some additional courses selected by HIGHLAND). Students attend classes at the college approx. 20 hours per week. Apprentices are required to maintain an overall "C" or better average in their course work.

What is the on-the-job training?
The on-the-job-training segment of the program includes in-depth exposure to practically every facet of HIGHLAND's manufacturing operations, along with practical training in the skills required for a Technical position in the Industrial Maintenance area.

What degree and credentials do apprentices earn?
Upon completion of the program, students will have acquired 34 credit hours of college courses and a Journeyman's License from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Program Overview
1st Year • ½ day academic and shop theory studies at NETC Cheraw • ½ day (4-hours) while in school and full day (8 hours) when not in class in the HIGHLAND facility, shadowing an experienced technician

Upon completion of the required courses, you will work full time in the HIGHLAND facility.

How do you enter the program?

HIGHLAND will announce the program and conduct their screening in June of each year. Once announced, applicants are asked to apply online or in person at SC Works, 460 Highway 9 West, Bennettsville, SC

The HIGHLAND Apprenticeship Program is registered as part of the National Apprenticeship Program by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training.


Internship Programs

Duke Energy's Power Careers Program

Northeastern Technical College students who have an interest in electronics, engineering or technology can build their careers and get paid for it through an internship program at Duke Energy. The Power Careers Program provides students with an introduction to the business of power plant operations and supports their completion of an associate degree relevant to the utility industry. Upon graduation, top-performing students may be offered a full-time job opportunity with Duke Energy.

How do students apply?

Potential student workers must be nominated by a school instructor, career development counselor or faculty member. A standard nomination form and scholarship form will be provided. Interested students must complete a series of application forms and participate in a formal interview process. Students must enroll at NETC in either the electrical/electronics or industrial technology two-year associate degree program.

How long is the internship?

Students are eligible for employment for up to four semesters. Students must maintain a 3.2 grade-point average to remain in the program. Students who also receive good on-the-job evaluations are eligible for a $650 per semester scholarship. Upon completion of their degree program, top-performing students may be offered full-time employment with Duke Energy.

How much on-the-job training do students receive?

Students can work up to 20 hours per week for 11 weeks during each semester and 40 hours per week during the summer. Students rotate through I&C, mechanic and operator positions at the plant every six months. Students have the flexibility to schedule their work around their class time.

What are the program requirements?
  • Grade point average should be a 3.2 from high school or community college.

  • Student workers must be 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license.

  • Applicant must clear all background reviews and drug screening.

  • Applicant must pass standard pre-employment tests.

More information

For information on how to apply or to nominate a student for the program, visit Duke Energy or email powercareers@pgnmail.com.


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