Mechatronics engineers are needed to assemble and maintain complex electromechanical machinery, plant equipment, and high-tech systems. Additional skills are also required, including mechanical engineering and training for clients and operators of these mechatronic systems. Tasks must be carried out independently at various locations – especially at installation sites, in workshops, and in the service sector – using documents and instructions. The engineers frequently work as part of a team, coordinate their work with upstream and downstream sectors, and must exhibit good communication skills.
Secondary school leaving certificate (Realschulabschluss), A-levels, or equivalent qualification, preferably with a technical focus.
The apprenticeship normally lasts 3.5 years, but can be shortened by six months in exceptional cases if the apprentice is particularly skilled.
- Analysis of functional interactions in mechatronic systems
- Manufacture of mechanical subsystems
- Installation of electrical operating equipment, taking safety-related aspects into account
- Investigation of the flow of energy and information in electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic components
- Communication with the help of data processing systems
- Planning and organization of workflows
- Realization of mechatronic subsystems
- Investigation of the flow of information in complex mechatronic systems
- Planning of assembly and dismantling
- Commissioning, troubleshooting, and repair
- Preventative maintenance
- Handover of mechatronic systems to customers