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
The activities in this profession are wide-ranging (our process mechanics never get bored!):
Basic training in the tool shop
Your workload will be diverse and varied.
Staatl. Berufsschule Wasserburg am Inn
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
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.
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.