Precision mechanic (m/f/d)

What do you do as a precision mechanic? 

The whole is only as good as its parts. After your dual training as a precision mechanic, you will know this better than anyone else. Because large machines need small parts to function properly. Manufacturing these small components is the job of precision mechanics. The main material you work with is metal. For example, you use it to make gear wheels for precision mechanical devices and machines. It is often crucial that your components match the specifications in the construction plans down to the nanometer. Any deviation could cause problems later on, for example if two components do not fit together exactly. To prevent this from happening, you use computer-controlled devices into which you program the dimensions and specifications. You then clamp the blank, from which you produce the required component using the programmed drilling, grinding and milling machines. You then install the part in the intended location and act as a contact person in the event of faults. After all, as a precision mechanic, you know that it’s the details that count.

Where are you needed?

Depending on the training company, your dual training will have a different focus. You can choose from a total of four areas: Mechanical engineering, precision mechanics, toolmaking and machining technology. In mechanical engineering, you will primarily work on production systems. This specialization also makes you interesting for car manufacturers, for example. If you specialize in precision mechanics, you will work with very small components. Medical technology manufacturers in particular need specialists with these skills. In toolmaking, on the other hand, you will be involved in the production of casting molds or punching tools. And in machining technology, your day-to-day work will mainly consist of milling, grinding and turning.  You use these processes to shape the material into the desired form.

What should you bring with you? 

The name of the profession already gives it away: as a precision mechanic, it’s all about precision. So if you’ve always been a bit of a perfectionist, then a dual apprenticeship in precision mechanics is exactly what you’re looking for. It would also be ideal if you have an intermediate school leaving certificate. But it’s not just a question of academic excellence when applying. If you enjoy working with your hands and have excellent spatial awareness, these are also good prerequisites. It will also help you to learn and understand the training content if you have a good feel for technology. And because you rarely work alone in the workshop, you should be a real team player and not just have a flair for grinding.

Your apprenticeship at a glance

  • Duration 3.5 years
  • Theory at vocational school, practice at the training company
  • Training content ranges from production techniques, materials science and machine programming to economics.
  • After your apprenticeship, you can continue your training in various directions. Passing the master craftsman’s examination offers you good prospects of a higher salary and management positions. However, studying microtechnology or mechanical engineering can also open up new career options for you.

Training period:

3.5 years

Recommended school-leaving qualification:

High school

Average salary:

1st year: € 649 to € 1,059
2nd year: € 750 to € 1,108
3rd year: € 876 to € 1,195
4th year: € 909 to € 1,252

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