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Skilled Trades Apprentice

Eli Lilly and Company
Indianapolis, Indiana
Start date
Jun 17, 2024

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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 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.


The apprenticeship program is designed to be an entry-level training program with a mission to develop top talent for skilled trades careers at Lilly. No prior experience in skilled trades required. This Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program is a full-time, 2 to 4-year, 8,000-hour program. Apprentices in this program will be placed into Lilly-managed maintenance departments with the appropriate mentor to ensure robust hands-on, on-the-job (OJT) training. The apprentice will be required to successfully complete, and document specified classes to earn a Technical Certificate and a minimum quantity of on-the-job training hours or document demonstrated competency. Upon successful completion of the apprenticeship, a U.S. DOL Journey worker Certification will be issued.

The apprentice’s work schedule will be determined based on the post-secondary college schedule and criteria set forth by Lilly-managed maintenance departments. Possible shifts include 12-hr rotating schedules, weekends, holidays, and overtime.

This posting is for multiple openings- current roles available:

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

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

Key Objectives/Deliverables:

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

  • Under the guidance of a mentor, the apprentice will be responsible for management and documentation of OJT training hours and/or competency completion for DOL reporting.

  • Apprentice will attend college-level classes at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and will be expected to complete all coursework with satisfactory grades. The apprentice will attend some classes in-person, which may sometimes be required during off-shift periods.

  • Apprentice will be responsible for managing company-required training plan.

  • Under the guidance of a mentor, the apprentice will be responsible for learning Lilly maintenance procedures; learning to perform preventative and corrective maintenance on complex systems in a manufacturing environment, learn good documentation practices and how to use a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).  

  • Collaboration and communication with a variety of functional business units, including operations, engineering, and quality personnel.

  • Maintain consistency in work quality and output in a fast-paced and evolving environment.

  • Operate and execute with a sense of urgency.

  • Maintain excellent ratings on periodic evaluations and create and manage a personal career development plan.

Basic Requirements:

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

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required

  • Must successfully pass a “fitness for duty” physical exam, drug screening, and background check.

  • 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.

  • Must be willing to work some overtime.

Additional Skills/Preferences:

  • Basic knowledge of tools

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Detail oriented

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent self-management and self-discipline

  • Ability to maintain focus on a complex task for several hours at a time

  • Proficiency with using Microsoft Office

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

Additional Information:

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

  • This position may require overtime, weekend, holiday or call-in work

  • This position will require in-person attendance at

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.

Our employee resource groups (ERGs) offer strong support networks for their members and help our company develop talented individuals for future leadership roles. Our current groups include: Africa, Middle East, Central Asia Network, African American Network, Chinese Culture Network, Early Career Professionals, Japanese International Leadership Network (JILN), Lilly India Network, Organization of Latinos at Lilly, PRIDE (LGBTQ + Allies), Veterans Leadership Network, Women’s Network, Working and Living with Disabilities. Learn more about all of our groups.



Science has been our calling from the beginning. Colonel Eli Lilly founded the company in 1876 and charged employees to “take what you find here and make it better and better.” More than 147 years later, we remain committed to his vision through every aspect of our business and the people we serve, starting with discovering the best treatments for those who take our medicines and extending to health care professionals, employees and the communities in which we live. Moreover, you can also count on the team at Lilly to be incredibly civic-minded, supporting our communities through philanthropy, volunteerism, and a creative and innovative can-do spirit. 

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