Maintenance Mechanic apprenticeships

We are investing heavily in innovative engineering and manufacturing technology and apprentices are key to helping us deliver our vision.

Our Maintenance Mechanic Apprentice Program is designed to create the mechanics of the future. As a Maintenance Mechanic Apprentice, you will have the opportunity to develop mechanical skills and will learn how to maintain manufacturing and packaging equipment – carrying out routine maintenance, diagnosing and resolving breakdowns as well as helping to design, install and test new equipment.

What does a Maintenance Mechanic apprenticeship involve?

Our Maintenance Mechanic apprenticeship is a paid, four year program.  You will attend college part time studying theory elements of the apprenticeship and gaining some practical workshop experience.  In addition, you will spend time in the production facility learning new skills while rotating through various engineering teams across the site. Your rotations may include time in manufacturing, packaging, maintenance and utilities.

Your apprenticeship will combine on-the-job learning with a program of training and development. Your role may involve:

  • Develop mechanical skills such as basic welding, lubrication, machining, and equipment rebuild using a variety of factory/maintenance shop and specialty tools
  • Safely diagnose equipment problems and take corrective action to achieve optimum efficiency
  • Maintain production equipment and carry out routine preventative maintenance
  • Diagnose and resolve breakdowns
  • Help design, install and test new equipment

What will this apprenticeship offer me?

Our Maintenance Mechanic apprenticeship offers you the chance to study towards nationally recognized qualifications while gaining valuable, paid work experience. You will work towards an Associate’s Degree (AAS or AOS)  at one of GSK’s partnering community colleges or technical institutions with the potential to go on to further study. Upon completion of the 4-year apprenticeship program, you will also receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion from the US Department of Labor, an industry issued, portable nationally recognized credential that certifies occupational proficiency.

What qualifications do I need to apply?

To be eligible for our Maintenance Mechanic apprenticeship program, you will need:

  • High school diploma or equivalency diploma (such as TACC or GED)
  • High school GPA B (2.5) or above (4.0 scale)
  • Algebra and Geometry or 2 units equivalent of academic math (GPA 2.5 or above in each case)
  • Less than 2 year’s industry related work experience

Where will be based?

Our Maintenance Mechanic apprenticeship runs for four years at our sites in Upper Merion, PA and Oak Hill, NY.

When does the apprenticeship start?

Our apprenticeships start in August 2018.

How can I apply?

We are currently closed for 2018 applications. You can register your interest in these programs.



GSK is focused on creating an inclusive organization where all employees feel engaged and know their work makes an important contribution. We aim to attract and retain the most talented people from all backgrounds and cultures regardless of actual or perceived race, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, gender identity and/or expression, religion or belief, physical ability/ disability.