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Process mechanic (m/f/d)

Every metal part through which current flows must be insulated by means of a corresponding plastic part. During your training with us, you will process high-quality plastic granules in complex steps to produce a wide range of parts for our connectors. As an apprentice, you will learn how to install molds in the plastic injection molding machines and develop and optimize programs for production. Even while still a trainee, you will have the opportunity to monitor live production processes on our state-of-the-art machines, in some cases independently, and check the quality of the resulting injection molded parts. You will also gradually take responsibility for maintaining the machines during your training. In addition, you will complete a basic course in metalworking.

Training period: 3 years

School-leaving qualification: high school diploma (equivalent to the “Quali” or “Mittlere Reife”)

You will need: a precise, methodical approach to your work, manual dexterity, an interest in computers and mathematics, technical aptitude

Your Training

The activities in this profession are wide-ranging (our process mechanics never get bored!):

Basic training in the tool shop

  • At the beginning of your apprenticeship, you will work together with the other industrial-technical apprentices. Above all, you will learn a range of metalworking skills in our tool shop. You will create workpieces and learn how to work with drills, files, chisels, etc., as well as lathes and milling machines. This duration of the basic training is two months.
  • You will rotate through the company (2–3 weeks) to get to know all manufacturing departments as well as the respective products, processes, and personnel
  • Training in the plastic injection molding shop
    – You will work mainly with plastics and the associated machinesn
    – You will prepare the machines by removing/installing the appropriate tools for each production run
    – You will start up and control our state-of-the-art machines
    – You will learn to program the equipment step by step
    – You will learn how to remeasure the produced items and take responsibility for quality control
    – You will reorder and replenish the granules as required
    – You will learn how to overmold cables and right-angle plugs
  • You will complete specialist courses that complement your training
  • You will complete specialist courses that complement your training

Your workload will be diverse and varied.

Vocational school

Staatl. Berufsschule Wasserburg am Inn
Ponschabaustraße 20
83512 Wasserburg

Block teaching (about 7 – 9 weeks) depending on the apprenticeship year
Roughly divided into five weeks at the company and two weeks at the vocational school
Accommodation in the students’ hostel can be arranged

The travel costs as well as any costs for the students’ hostel will be covered by ODU.

What will you learn at the vocational school? You will attend a class on job-specific technology, in which you will learn how to work with plastics and technical drawings. You will conduct experiments with plastics and use these materials to make workpieces. However, you will also learn how to handle pneumatics and build a circuit, for example.

Other, more generalized subjects will also be taught: social studies, German, religion, physical education

Final examinations

Your final exam will consist of a practical and a theoretical part. The practical part involves proving your skills on a machine, starting a complete job, and preparing and adjusting the machine accordingly.

You will also be asked to diagnose and repair a malfunctioning control system. In the theory exam, your knowledge of social studies, technical drawing, and technology will be tested.

Your future prospects

By showing both commitment and enthusiasm, you will open up excellent career opportunities at ODU – initially, with regard to finding a permanent job, and subsequently through professional development as a specialist in your field. As a process mechanic for plastics and rubber technology, we assume that you will be willing to perform shift-based work (after your training).

Of course, the career paths leading to the roles of industrial foreman, technician, and engineer (both general and with a technical focus) will also be open to you.

Incidentally
  • As a rule, we hire two apprentice process mechanics for plastics and rubber technology each year
  • Our trainees join us straight from high school (“Mittelschule”, “Realschule”) or a technical college (“FOS”)
  • You do not necessarily need to have focused on technical subjects at high school to learn this profession
  • With a good school-leaving qualification you can learn this modern profession – plastics have a bright future and your commitment is what really counts
  • You can, of course, work for a few years first, become a specialist in your field, and then continue your general training if you wish
  • The profession of process mechanic for plastics and rubber technology is equally suitable for both men and women. The young women who are currently learning this profession at ODU greatly enjoy their work, as do their expert female colleagues