Industrial mechanic

Industrial mechanics are active in production and servicing where they ensure that machines and production systems are always operational.

They set them up and check the functions. They apply suitable test methods, determine the cause of malfunctions, order the appropriate replacement parts or produce the parts themselves and carry out repairs. Following completion of assembly and test work, they instruct colleagues or customers in operation and handling.

If they work in the production of machines and precision manufacturing devices, industrial mechanics also process parts made of metal and plastics. They are familiar with processes such as turning, milling, drilling, grinding and various joining processes, e.g. welding and screwed connections, as well as the assembly and adjustment of components.

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Length of training

3 1/2 years

Type of training

Integrated vocational training (work and vocational college)

PrerequisitesSecondary school leaving qualification, middle school or high school
Inclinations/interests

Analytical skills and technical understanding

Solid background in mathematics and physics

Good spatial imagination

High interest in machinery and production systems

Precise, responsible and team-based work

Training course

Making, processing and assembly of mechanical parts

Setting up machines and systems, operating and monitoring of production processes

Handling of maintenance and repair work

Repair of defective machines and sytems, determining spare parts, procuring or making it himself

Making technical drawings for machine parts and tools

Options for further training and education

Master craftsman (Industrial)

Technical specialist