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Apprenticeship Program

Key dates (subject to change):
May 10th- Application for Pre-apprenticeship internship closes (midnight)
June 14th- Selection and hiring process complete
July 12th- Pre-Apprenticeship starts
July 16th- Internal post for apprenticeship is published
August 6th- Application for apprenticeship closes (midnight)
August 13th- Pre-apprenticeship ends 
August 26th- Selection, registration, and enrollment complete
August 31st- Apprenticeship begins 

At the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, we develop scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as a safe and economic energy source for the world. All employees at PPPL play a crucial role in this grand challenge of the 21st century working in close collaboration with world class physicists and attacking difficult scientific and technical problems. If you are considering a career welding, machining, or information technology, this apprenticeship program can prepare you for this challenging and rewarding path. This is your chance to join an innovative team helping to develop an energy source for the future.

PPPL’s Apprenticeship Program provides you with 8,000 hours on-the-job learning and certification through a partner education institution. To achieve your certification of completion of apprenticeship you will also have to complete 4 years of related technical instruction, each consisting of least of 144 hours. As a Princeton University regular employee you will receive benefits including medical and dental plans, child/elderly dependent care grants including backup care, tuition reimbursement, contributions to a retirement plan at 9.3% of salary with no matching requirement.

We are looking for a team player with excellent communication, problem solving, practical and analytical skills, with a strong work ethic. You must apply for a pre-apprenticeship internship and work with us for at least a month before being able to apply to an internal posting for the apprenticeship program. Once you have applied to the pre-apprenticeship internship, you will be invited to participate in a first-round of aptitude tests and then to a panel interview.

PPPL has apprenticeships in the following areas:


To be eligible:
• You must have a High School diploma or equivalent
• You must be at least age 18 by July 12, 2021
• You must be eligible for work in the United States
For more information, please contact HR staff at hr-staff@pppl.gov.

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