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INA Apprenticeship Program

Becoming an INA 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.
What is the INA Apprenticeship Program?

NETC students who enter the INA Apprenticeship Program are hired as regular, full-time employees by INA an enjoy the same excellent benefits offered to other INA 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 INA (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 INA 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 INA). Students attend classes at the college 40 hours per week in the first year and approximately 20 hours per week in the second year. 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 INA’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 Year
• ½ day academic and shop theory studies at NETC Cheraw
• ½ day in NETC INA 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.

2nd Year
• ½ day at NETC Cheraw, ½ day on-the-job training via job rotation in various departments at INA plants.

3rd Year
• On-the-job training via job rotation at INA plants, then assigned to “home"” department

How do you enter the program?
INA normally announces the program and conducts their screening in June of each year.  Once announced, applicants are asked to apply in person at SC Works, 460 Highway 9 West, Bennettsville, SC

 The INA 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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