Apprenticeship Program groninger USA

Our program provides on-the-job training from qualified mentors to individuals interested in working in advanced manufacturing. Established in 2015, we began to train talent and offer company-paid education that can be completed in a 4 to 6 year period, depending on the program track and number of previous academic hours. In partnership with Central Piedmont Community College, and its apprenticeship organization, Apprenticeship Charlotte, groninger USA and our partner companies recruit and train candidates for high-demand careers in technically-oriented areas. 

groninger USA Services - Charlotte, North Carolina
groninger USA Services - Charlotte, North Carolina

Choosing to pursue an apprenticeship at groninger USA after high school was the best decision I could have made!

Jenny Dam
groninger USA Mechanical Engineering Apprentice

Apprenticeship Benefits

  • Paid career opportunity with excellent benefits package
  • Graduate from school debt-free
  • Full-time employment opportunities after graduation, with successful completion of the program
  • 4-6  years of advanced technical training at our facility
  • Graduate from CPCC with an Associates of Applied Science
  • Receive a Journeyman Certificate from NC Department of Labor (NCDOL)
  • Additional scholarship opportunities to continue education

Apprenticeship Tracks


Graduates in the Mechatronics track will:

The Mechatronics track contains hands-on mechanical, electrical, and automation training. 

  • Diagnose, troubleshoot, repair, and install cutting edge machinery 
  • Perform equipment upgrades 
  • Provide exceptional technical service support across North America and Puerto Rico
  • Assemble OEM parts and engineered solutions 
Mechatronics Apprentice
Mechatronics Apprentice

Computer Integrated Machining

Graduates in the Computer Integrated Machining track will:

The Computer Integrated Machining track contains mechanical course work in machine design and manufacturing processes, metrology, and structural integrity of materials. 

  • Read and understand mechanical drawings 
  • Use computer-aided design software
  • Program and operate modern CNC milling and turning centers
  • Use precision measuring equipment for quality control 


Computer Integrated Machining Apprentice
Computer Integrated Machining Apprentice

Automation Engineering

Graduates in the Automation Engineering track will:

The Automation Engineering track is a 2+2 program combining a degree in Engineering from CPCC with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, as well as training in electrical, mechanical, and programming areas. 

  • Create PLC and other programs that operate filling and closing equipment
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair electronic equipment and programs 
  • Perform programming updates
  • Help customers remotely and occasionally on-site
  • Provide exceptional technical service support 
Automation Engineering Apprentice
Automation Engineering Apprentice

Mechanical Engineering

Graduates in the Mechanical Engineering track will: 

The Mechanical Engineering track is a 2+2 program combining a degree in Engineering from CPCC with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, as well as training in mechanical, electrical, and assembly areas. 

  • Create, design, and execute drawings for mechanical parts for filling and closing machine applications 
  • Coordinate with Assembly and other areas to promote process improvement 
  • Use computer-aided design software
  • Create and update 3-D CAD drawings for assembly and manufacturing 
  • Revise and update two-dimensional mechanical and assembly drawings 
Mechanical Engineering Apprentice
Mechanical Engineering Apprentice


  • At least 16 years old at the start of the program 
  • Either a junior or senior in high school 
  • Algrebra 1 & 2, geometry, physics, drafting, and computer application classes are preferred
  • Unweighted GPA of 2.8
  • Good attendance
  • Nontraditional applicants (i.e. Veterans, experienced professionals) and returning applicants are welcome to apply 


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