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Schaeffler Apprenticeship Program

Becoming a Schaeffler 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.
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What is the Schaeffler Apprenticeship Program?

NETC students who enter the Schaeffler Apprenticeship Program are hired as regular, full-time employees by Schaeffler and enjoy the same excellent benefits offered to other Schaeffler 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 Schaeffler (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 Schaeffler 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 Schaeffler). Students attend classes at the college 40 hours per week in the first 6 months and approximately 10-12 hours per week for the next 2 ½ years. 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 Schaeffler'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 6 months
• ½ day academic and shop theory studies at NETC Cheraw
• ½ day in NETC Schaeffler 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.

Next 2 ½ years
• 25% at NETC Cheraw, 75% on-the-job training via job rotation in a department at Schaeffler plants.

How do you enter the program?
Schaeffler normally announces the program and conducts their screening in June of each year. Once announced, applicants are asked to apply online at

 The Schaeffler 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).

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