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Automation Technician

Engineers at GSK are responsible for designing, maintaining and improving our leading-edge manufacturing facilities that deliver life-saving treatments.  We are investing heavily in innovative engineering and manufacturing technology and apprentices are key to helping us deliver that vision.

Achieve your career goals on our apprentice program

Our automation technician apprenticeship offers you the chance to study fully funded towards nationally recognized qualification while gaining valuable, paid work experience

Over the course of this paid 4-year program you will spend part of your week gaining hands on training from our in-house industry experts at our manufacturing sites, combined with early responsibility to help you develop and progress.  As an automation technician apprentice, you will have the opportunity to develop mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, control & automation skills.

You will study part time towards an Associate’s degree (AAS) in Engineering Technology at one of GSK’s partnering community colleges fully funded by GSK, with the potential to go on to further study.

Upon completion of the 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

Working with both your line and program manager we want to identify the right opportunities to help you succeed in the short term and throughout your career with us.  You will also be assigned a buddy or a mentor who will be there to offer support and guidance throughout your apprenticeship.

What will you do?

You will spend time in the manufacturing facility learning new skills while rotating through various engineering teams across the site. Your rotations may include time in manufacturing, packaging, maintenance utilities and/or automation.

Your role may involve:

  • Developing mechanical, electrical, control and instrumentation skills
  • Learning how to maintain production, packaging and service equipment
  • Carrying out routine maintenance
  • Diagnosing and resolving breakdowns
  • Helping to design, install and test new equipment

What qualifications do you need?

To be eligible for our automation 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)
  • High school English (GPA 2.5 or above in each case)
  • 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 you be based?

You will be based at one of our manufacturing sites

  • Zebulon, NC
  • Oakhill, NY
  • Lincoln, NE
  • Recruitment for August 2021 starters will open November 2020

What our apprentices say about the automation apprenticeship...

The thing I enjoy most about the apprenticeship is that it's allowing me to gain hands on experience while not only maintaining a full-time job but also not only is my schooling paid for, but I am paid while I attend classes, and a great balance of home life all together.”

What I enjoy most about being an apprentice is having the opportunity to learn from experienced people in a field I really enjoy and to be in control of how much I will learn on a day to day basis.”

When does the apprenticeship start?

Our apprenticeships begin August 2021. Recruitment for August 2021 starters will open November 2020

Benefits include:  

  • A competitive base salary
  • An annual bonus
  • Benefit programs benchmarked against industry standards
  • A recognition program to reward exceptional work by you and your team
  • A performance and development program
  • A training and development program including opportunities to attend events such as the “Outward Bounds” course

We’re 100% open to all talent                  

We’re 100% open to all talent – whatever your gender, marital status, religion, age, color, race, sexual orientation, nationality or disability. We want to recruit the right people for GSK from the widest possible backgrounds, so we can better serve the diversity of our patients and consumers and, because it’s the right thing to do. 

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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, color, ethnic or national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, gender identity and/or expression, religion or belief, physical ability/ disability.