Each new ODU connector and related component requires a new mold – and therefore also a new manufacturing device or machine. Our toolmakers build this equipment with tolerances of just 0.001 mm. For comparison, a human hair is about 0.06 mm in diameter! Using state-of-the-art machines, our apprentices learn how to implement technical documents accurately and to scale. This involves both manual and machine-based processing of workpieces by turning or milling.
During your training you will learn how to develop work programs for computer-controlled machines. In turn, you will spend time in each production department and learn about the various further processing options and the application areas for the manufactured tools. You will be able to put what you have learned into practice immediately via individual projects; for example, by designing and manufacturing small stamping or injection molds. Naturally, you will learn a wide range of metalworking processes during your apprenticeship.
Training period: 3.5 apprenticeship 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 mathematics, spatial imagination, and technical aptitude
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
Staatliche Berufsschule I Traunstein
Wasserburger Straße 52
No block teaching
From the second apprenticeship year, your class in Traunstein will consist entirely of trainee toolmakers. You will learn about the job of a toolmaker in much greater depth (including the construction of bending, injection, and punching tools)
In the middle of your second apprenticeship year, you will sit Part 1 of the final examination, which counts for 40% of your final grade. Part 2 of your final examination will take place at the end of your 3.5 years of training. You will be well prepared for both exams through your work at ODU and your studies at the vocational school.
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 toolmaker, you will need to specialize after completing your training: e.g., in turning technology, milling technology, automation, the tool shop, etc. Each of our trained toolmakers has become a specialist in his or her chosen field over several years.
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 – either part-time in Mühldorf am Inn or full-time at the surrounding universities in Rosenheim, Landshut and Munich. Having completed your basic training as a toolmaker, you will also have the option of completing a dual study program in industrial engineering at the university of Rosenheim or Landshut.