GE's Battery Plant in Schenectady

General Electric has begun recruiting hourly machine operators for its new $100 million battery plant in Schenectady and expects to have 50 on board by June. The plant, which is under construction now and is on schedule to begin production at the end of November, will hire 130 employees by the end of this year. GE, which has invested more than $150 million in advanced battery technology, ultimately plans to hire 350 workers for the Schenectady plant.

The factory will develop sodium metal halide batteries to be used in GE’s hybrid trains. The company began advertising this week for skilled trades workers to support equipment installation and debug equipment. Those employees will be paid up to $22 an hour, according to classified listings. GE also is recruiting machine operators who will be paid up to $18 an hour to assist with equipment installation and operate production equipment. The third category of hourly workers will be general operators who will set up and man work stations at a rate of up to $15 an hour.

GE apparently wants all prospective hourly employees to apply online at ge.com/careers. Over the past week, the battery plant also advertised openings for several salaried positions, including a lead design engineer, a metallurgist, and a ceramic engineer.

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To apply to positions in Schenectady please see the GE Careers web site.