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January/February 2013

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GE���s renowned apprenticeship program lured young people like Carpenter to the Lynn plant, which by the mid-1940s was dedicated to GE���s aviation manufacturing. ���Poor boys from Maine and locally, who couldn���t afford an education, would come here,��� says Carpenter. In Lynn, the apprentices would be exposed to everything from management training to the manufacturing floor, where workers built and tested engines for military aircraft and commercial airplanes. GE paid Carpenter���s way through Northeastern University, and by night he worked at the plant. Carpenter also worked his way up. His first job, while he waited for the apprenticeship program to start, was at the bottom of the totem pole. ���They told me I was going to be a servicer. I thought that meant I���d be checking oil and filters,��� he chuckles. ���Basically, I was a janitor. I took out the trash.��� By the time he retired in 1999, Carpenter was a sales manager. Now he continues to volunteer as its histoAir Up There GE Aviation���s campus in Lynn. Custom suits starting at $595 GIBLEES MENSWEAR 85 Andover Street, Route 114, Danvers 978-774-4080 NSJanFeb13_ NE_GE.indd 93 11/19/12 11:00 AM

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