Apprentice Program Spring 2021 – Tool & Die Maker trade

Schaeffler, a global automotive and industrial supplier, is seeking a Metalworking Trades Apprentice 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 our 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 Associate Degree in Tool and Die Maker 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 (Tool and Die department: Tool Repair or Machining area and Press Department).
  • OJT is rotational and will include, but is not limited to:
    • Working in manufacturing areas to gain the ability to know / recognize different types of machining.
    • 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
    • Breaking down and cleaning of tooling
    • Inspect tooling for damage or wear and assist with minor repair.
    • Must interpret blueprints and use various machine tools such as lathes, mills, grinders, etc.
  • Successfully complete, to the Company’s specification, courses of study required for the Associates Degree in Tool and Die Maker to include, but not limited to:
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Blueprint Reading
    • Precision Measuring Instruments
    • Control Circuits
    • Hydraulics / Pneumatics
    • Technical Writing
    • Human Relations
    • Metric System
    • OSHA / Safety
    • Drive Systems & Power Trains
    • GD&T reading
    • Manual machining
    • CNC Theory & Practice

 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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