As a CNC technician, you will process materials such as aluminum, brass, stainless steel, and plastic on both manual and state-of-the-art CNC-controlled machines. You will be responsible for the following steps: programming the machine, fine-tuning the first parts produced, and quality control. In addition, you will also spend time in other areas of the production department during your apprenticeship – to give you a better understanding of how the various production stages are interrelated.
Training period: 3.5 years
School-leaving qualification: high school diploma (equivalent to “Quali” or “Mittlere Reife”) or higher
You will need: a precise, methodical approach to your work, manual dexterity, an interest in computers and mathematics, spatial imagination, and technical aptitude
At the start of their training, all apprentices must complete our basic training course. Here you will learn the most important basic skills, including measuring, testing, filing, drilling, sawing, riveting, thread cutting, and chiseling.
Afterwards, you will spend time in all departments within the company and learn about many other ways of processing parts. You will also see where the manufactured products are used and play an active role in each team. In addition, we also feel it is important for you to get to know as many of our employees and their daily work as possible. At the end of your training, you will thus have a clear understanding of how the various departments are interconnected.
Here’s what you’ll learn during your training:
1st apprenticeship year
Staatl. Berufsschule I
No block teaching
In the first apprenticeship year, you will attend the vocational school (Berufsschule I) in Mühldorf once or twice per week to learn basic metalworking skills (filing, drilling, turning, milling, getting to know different materials, etc.). You will be in the same class as apprentices from other metalworking professions.
2nd to 4th apprenticeship year
Städtische Berufsschule Fertigungstechnik
From the second apprenticeship year, your class in Munich will consist entirely of trainee CNC technicians. You will learn the various facets of machining technology in much greater depth (setting up a CNC lathe, programming, materials, process optimization, etc.).
You can either commute to the school by train or stay in the students’ hostel. ODU will bear the costs in each case.
In the middle of your second apprenticeship year, you will tackle Part 1 of the final examination, which counts for 40% of your final grade. In the practical part, you will produce a turned and a milled part according to drawings. The theory exam includes both multiple-choice and open-ended questions.
Part 2 of the final examination takes place at the end of the training period. In the context of a live order, you will be required to produce a part or parts on a machine at ODU, with which you will have already become well acquainted during your training. The theory exam will again consist of both multiple-choice and open-ended questions. The exam will conclude with a technical discussion in which your expertise will be tested.
You will be well prepared for all exams – both at ODU and also at the vocational school.
By showing both commitment and enthusiasm, you will open up excellent career opportunities at ODU, initially with regard to securing a permanent job in our state-of-the-art turning shop, and then through professional development as a specialist in your field.
Further training to become a technician specializing in mechanical engineering is also possible on a part-time basis (8 semesters, 4 years).
Of course, various study paths will also be open to you, e.g., a dual study program specializing in mechanical engineering – part-time in Mühldorf am Inn.