“Specialists and trainees work together, which means that we can learn from experienced colleagues”.(Tobias S., 19 years)
High tech, precision and passion for technical solutions – Toolmakers are the specialists for the manufacture, assembly and maintenance of tools used to shape metal and synthetic parts. Both manual skills and modern computer-aided toolmaking machines are used to find technical solutions.
• Learning the basics – manual skills, using hand-operated drilling, turning and milling machines – by making a tricycle (motorcycle with 3 wheels) and a handling device.
• Consolidation of basics by making individual parts following technical drawings
• Making equipment for producing individual parts for high-quality writing instruments
• Using computer-aided toolmaking machines (milling and grinding)
• Working with others on actual products
• Working very closely together with the assembly and production departments
• Independently dealing with all the routine, everyday jobs
Anyone wishing to become a toolmaker will usually prefer manual work as opposed to office work. Applicants should have an excellent Hauptschule (German secondary school providing a basic education over 9 years) leaving certificate with high marks in maths and physics and a subsequent course in metalwork at a vocational college or a very good Realschule (German secondary school providing a good general education over 10 years) leaving certificate with good marks in maths and physics.
• Starting date: 1 August in any given year
• Application date: about 1 year before start date
• Duration of training: 3½ years
• Qualification: toolmaker
• Vocational college courses taught in modules: Staatl. Gewerbeschule Fertigungs- und Flugzeugtechnik G15, Brekelbaums Park 10, 20537 Hamburg, www.hh.shuttle.de/hh/g15