The profession of precision mechanic is a 3.5-year recognised apprenticeship in the skilled crafts sector. Precision mechanics manufacture precise components and tools that are used, for example, in optics, aerospace or medical technology. The technically demanding and varied activities include reading technical drawings, selecting and setting up machines, precisely machining workpieces in the field of metalworking and assembling complex components. Precision mechanics work with a high degree of precision.
The training is carried out within the framework of the dual system by two institutions, the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) as the company and the vocational school (Georg-Schlesinger-Schule in Berlin), where the technical theoretical training is taught in block lessons (dates).
Company: Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
The trainees complete their apprenticeship in the precision mechanics workshop, where their instructor and four experienced craftsmen are always on hand to offer advice and assistance. The institute has two workshops with modern drilling, turning and milling machines.
The precision engineering workshop makes an enormous contribution to astrophysical research. High-precision parts are manufactured there, which are assembled into subassemblies and used on telescopes worldwide.
Available training positions
The AIP is providing training as a precision mechanic with a focus on precision mechanics. Two apprentices per training cycle can be trained at the AIP for the profession of precision mechanic. The next training cycle will begin in the 2024/2025 school year and is expected to last until the 2028 school year. Currently we are recruiting new trainees for the 2024/2025 school year.