Apprentice Program Spring 2021 – Skilled Setup Operator Trade

Schaeffler, a global automotive and industrial supplier, is seeking a Apprentices for the Skilled Setup Operator Trade for our Fort Mill, SC facility. The apprentice program is three and a half (3.5) years in length and is comprised of two main components; academic/shop theory studies at York Technical College (YTC) and on-the-job training (OJT) at one of our three facilities located on our Fort Mill campus.


Why become an Apprentice?

  • Tuition, Books, Tools, and Uniforms are paid for by Schaeffler
  • Apprentices are paid throughout the entire program
  • Apprentices receive valuable Classroom and On-The-Job Training and become an internal source for filling key jobs involving new products and technologies
  • Upon completion of the program, graduating apprentices will receive an Associates Degree in Machine Tool Technology or Associates Degree in Industrial Maintenance from York Technical College and a Journeyman Certificate from the United States Department of Labor


Key responsibilities include:

  • Complete 7,000 hours of training, which includes the College Program and on-the-job training in our manufacturing facilities (Production areas).
  • OJT is rotational and will include, but is not limited to:
    • Working in manufacturing areas to gain the ability to know / recognize parts to ensure product flow and organization.
    • Operating and controlling furnaces and auxiliary equipment.
    • Operating stamping presses, which involves using an overhead lift to manipulate rolls of steel into the press.
    • Inspecting parts by using gauges and lab equipment. Must also maintain inspection records.
    • Delivery of parts to required workstations in a timely manner; which requires lifting and operation of hand truck/tugger.
    • Must interpret blueprints and use measures machine to ensure the production quality.
  • Successfully complete, to the Company’s specification, courses of study required for the Associates Degree in Machine Tool Technology to include, but not limited to:
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Precision Measuring Instruments
    • Basic Machine Shop Theory & Practice
    • Basic Metallurgy & Heat Treating
    • Technical Writing
    • Human Relations
    • Metric System
    • OSHA / Safety
    • CNC Theory & Practice
    • Drive Systems & Power Trains

 Qualified candidates will have:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Successfully place into the minimum Math and Reading levels for the Apprenticeship Curriculum via the Compass Placement Test (required for school admission);
  • Measure mechanical aptitude by taking the Bennett’s Mechanical
  • Ability to move or lift 35 pounds

Schaeffler is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans


Job Function


Primary Location

 United States-South Carolina-Fort Mill 



Manufacturing / Mechanical

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