The program is a partnership between the U.S. Department of Labor, New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Developmentand the Mercer County Technical Schools.
By helping advance the fields of fusion energy and plasma physics research at the national laboratory, participants will help to develop scientific understanding and key innovations needed to realize fusion as an energy source for the world.
“Our Office of Apprenticeship has been working to spread the message that apprenticeships can bring new opportunities to all sectors,” Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo said. “Bringing apprenticeships to a leader in scientific research proves that this earn-while-you-learn model has far-reaching capabilities across all industries looking to development pipelines of talent.”
Apprentices will support the maintenance and operations of fusion reactors and other devices.
“(Apprentices) will become highly skilled technicians who will help us carry out our mission of developing fusion as a clean, safe, and abundant source of electric energy,” said Steve Cowley, the PPPL director.
Job-related classroom instruction is provided to apprentices through the MCTS while they receive 8,000 hours of on-the-job training at PPPL, competitive pay and Princeton University benefits. Eligibility for full-time employment after completion of the program is also provided.
To learn more about the Garden State’s apprenticeship opportunities, please visit nj.gov/labor/apprenticeship.