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Lilly Craft Apprentice in Indianapolis, Indiana

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 35,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

Organization Overview:

For 140 years, Lilly has manufactured medicines that improve people’s lives around the world. We produce our medicines using some of the most sophisticated manufacturing technologies and rigorous quality standards. Lilly Manufacturing strives for excellence in its process, standards, procedures and behaviors to develop medicines with safety first and quality always.

Position Brand Description:

The purpose of the skilled trades / craft apprenticeship program is to develop top talent for skilled trades careers at Lilly. This Department of Labor (DOL) Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is a full-time, 40 hour per week position. Apprentices in this program will be placed into Lilly-managed maintenance departments with the appropriate mentor(s) to ensure robust hands-on, on-the-job (OJT) training. The apprentice will work 80% on site per week onsite and attend related technical skills classes 20% per week, leading toward a Technical Certificate or Associates Degree. This program is a 4-year, 8,000 hour, nationally registered Apprenticeship Program. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, a U.S. DOL Journeyman’s Certification will be issued.

The apprentice’s work schedule will be determined based on the post-secondary college schedule and criteria set forth by the Apprenticeship Training Committee (ATC).

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

  • Strict adherence to all safety and environmental rules, regulations, compliance requirements, procedures, practices and training.

  • Demonstrate good self-management skills; report to work on time and ready to work, dressed appropriately for work in a maintenance shop, perform assignments in a safe manner, maintain good housekeeping, and display good learning ability.

  • Maintain good communications with mentors, maintenance leadership, and program facilitator(s), reporting all safety and environmental concerns immediately.

  • Must be able to work effectively on a team, as well as work independently.

  • Observe the mentor performing maintenance activities and assist with basic tasks; learn and demonstrate good work and safety practices.

Maintain excellent ratings on his/her periodic evaluations.

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old before starting work.

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

  • Must successfully pass a company-required drug screening.

  • Must successfully pass a background screening.

  • Must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work.

  • Must be able to read, speak and write English at a sufficient level to follow instructions and communicate effectively in a business environment.

  • Must be able to climb ladders, stairs, work outside in potentially hot or cold weather conditions and not afraid of heights or tight places.

  • Completion of a Fit for Duty (post-offer exam) is required for this position (e.g., physical strength to lift 40 pounds waist high.)

Additional Preferences:

  • Some proficiency with safely using hand tools and power tools.

  • Classes in skilled trades, mathematics, or other technical disciplines is desired, but not required.

  • Some proficiency with using computers.

  • Willingness to take a night class, and/or do required homework, as necessary.

Potential Apprentice Job Roles:

  • HVAC Mechanic: The HVAC Mechanic apprentice will learn how to perform industrial heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration installation, maintenance, testing, and repair on systems supporting utilities and production.

  • Maintenance Mechanic: The Maintenance Mechanic apprentice will learn how to perform maintenance on production and utilities related equipment. Tasks include inspection, testing, rebuilding, repair and replacement of equipment and components, as well as some machining and fabrication.

  • Line Mechanic: The Line Mechanic apprentice will learn how to perform machine maintenance on production equipment to ensure equipment uptime, line efficiency, and increase overall equipment effectiveness by condition monitoring and troubleshooting.

  • Process Instrument Technician: The Process Instrument Technician apprentice will learn how to perform maintenance on process instrumentation equipment and related control systems. Tasks include installation, calibration, testing, maintenance, and repair of process control systems and instrumentation.

  • Welder: The Welder apprentice will learn how to perform welds and repairs on pressure vessels, process tanks, pipes and pipe fittings, heating and cooling systems, and various production equipment and components, as well as providing welding support for fabrication and machining of materials.

Additional Information:

  • This position is not permanent. It is for a fixed term position up to a maximum of 4 years.

Eli Lilly and Company, Lilly USA, LLC and our wholly owned subsidiaries (collectively “Lilly”) are committed to help individuals with disabilities to participate in the workforce and ensure equal opportunity to compete for jobs. If you require an accommodation to submit a resume for positions at Lilly, please email Lilly Human Resources ( ) for further assistance. Please note This email address is intended for use only to request an accommodation as part of the application process. Any other correspondence will not receive a response.

Lilly is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

As a condition of employment with Eli Lilly and Company and its subsidiaries in the United States and Puerto Rico, you must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination satisfactory to the company (subject to applicable law).