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Precision mechanic

What do precision mechanics

The occupation of precision mechanic has existed since 1 August 2002, replacing the trades of lathe operator, precision mechanic, toolmaker and mechanical engineer. Precision mechanics are very precise, because every millimetre counts in their work. They manufacture axles, shafts, cylinders and drums, they repair and assemble machines, they produce cutting, forming and machining tools as well as scales and precision instruments. With the help of computer-controlled machines, they turn, mill, drill and grind the workpieces and then check whether the shape is right down to the last detail…

Precision mechanics…

measure and test mechanical and physical quantities produce workpieces for machines, devices and systems by means of manual and mechanical production processes work according to technical drawings and other technical documents programme computer-controlled machine tools enter programmes, set up the machine tools and monitor the production process carry out maintenance work and troubleshooting maintain machines and devices including the control and regulating equipment.

Precision mechanics work for
  • Turning and grinding shops
  • Manufacturer of punching tools and devices
  • Fine equipment manufacturer
  • Mechanical engineering company
  • Research institutions

They are usually also trained there.

Applicants should…
  • work very precisely and responsibly
  • have technical understanding
What is particularly good?

the varied and demanding activity.

How is the training structured?
Access requirement

In principle, no specific previous education is required for starting an apprenticeship. Most companies, however, expect a very good secondary school leaving certificate, or better, a secondary school leaving certificate. Towards the end of the apprenticeship, it is possible to specialise in one of the following areas: mechanical engineering, precision mechanics or toolmaking. An examination is held before the end of the second year of training, the result of which is included in the overall result of the final examination. The training ends after three and a half years with a successful journeyman’s examination. If you perform well at school and in the company, you can also take the exam early after three years.

Training allowance

The amount of training allowance varies greatly depending on the economic sector and region, and sometimes even on the company. The respective collective bargaining partners, i.e. the employers’ associations and trade unions, agree how much you earn during and after your training. They can give you precise information. You can find out which employers’ association or which trade union is responsible for your apprenticeship occupation, for example, at your local employment office or chamber of crafts.

What can I do with the profession later on?

Vocational training is the first step into professional life. After that, you can continue, for example as a technician specialising in mechanical engineering. Of course, the goal can also be self-employment as a master craftsman. One thing is clear: no one has to do the same job all their life. On the contrary, if you want to have good chances on the labour market or as a self-employed entrepreneur, you have to be flexible and regularly continue your education. There are many courses and seminars to specialise in, e.g.

  • Hydraulics / Pneumatics
  • Quality management
  • Automation technology incl. CNC programming

Under certain conditions, e.g. several years of professional experience, various further and advanced training courses are possible, including:

  • Technician in the field of mechanical engineering
  • Master precision mechanic
  • Industrial foreman specialising in metal

After attending a technical secondary school, it is possible to study at a university of applied sciences, including:

  • Dipl. engineer
Short info
Precision mechanics…

… produce workpieces for machines, devices and systems by turning, milling, drilling and grinding, assemble machines, maintain and repair them

Especially good is…

… the varied and demanding activity

Applicants should…

… work very precisely, have technical understanding, work independently and responsibly

Who trains?

Mechanical engineering companies, manufacturers of stamping tools, turning shops, grinding shops, universities, research institutes

Duration of the training?

3,5 Years

Earnings during training and on the job?

Information is available from the chamber, employment office, professional association, employers’ association and trade union.

Contact person for

Questions about student internships, training or pre- and main internships for the purpose of studying should be addressed to:

Jörg Wagatha

E-Mail: wagatha@fhi-berlin.mpg.de

Training as a precision mechanic takes place at our institute in german