In Edison’s Footsteps: MENA Engineers Jump-Start Their Careers

In Edison’s Footsteps: MENA Engineers Jump-Start Their Careers

October 20, 2013 at 02:10pm

Being an “Edison” is tough, challenging and a major two-year commitment. It’s also extremely rewarding, provides valuable professional experience and offers a chance to make a measurable impact. So, what’s an “Edison?” Edisons are participants in GE’s Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP), a fast-track, entry-level program that accelerates participants’ professional development.

The first three graduates of the EEDP’s Middle East program were recently honored during an event in Dubai. They are Afreena Rahman and Muhammad Mahmood, both from the United Arab Emirates, and Mahmoud Yusuf from Saudi Arabia.

Working through three or more rotational assignments in the region and in the United States over a two-year period, these participants received intense technical training as they worked on a variety of business-critical assignments.

Afreena and Muhammad completed the program as “Product Service Engineers” based in Dubai, while Mahmoud completed the program as a “Repair Development Engineer” at the GE Manufacturing Technology Center in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Participants in this global program are called “Edisons,” and they work in the areas of systems, analysis, design, quality, reliability, integration and testing, as they gain problem-solving skills through coursework, and make formal reports and presentations to senior GE leadership. EEDP is the right path for people with a passion for technology and a drive for technical excellence. Graduates leave this program with a strong technical and business foundation to be proactive, innovative GE leaders.

They develop numerous professional skills, make real contributions to various technical areas, grow through mentoring and coaching, and gain exposure to state-of-the-art technology. They even have the opportunity to receive an advanced engineering degree.

This two-year experience is a true life changer for “Edisons” careers and learning curves. Some are so passionate about the program that they blog about their experiences.

For more information on the Edison program or to apply, click here or send a direct email to the program manager.

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  1. says:

    Good that is a ok post.

  2. Adeel Ali says:

    Hello, GE team visited Pakistan at the expo centre in Karachi .You guys briefed many students on the EEDP program but the link to that program seems to be expired. Am i the one who is not following the correct link or its just that you guys haven't yet started the program for this year. Kindly respond.

  3. GE Hewar says:

    We currently don’t have vacancies for EEDP in Pakistan. However, all open positions in the country are announced at


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