Process mechanic

Type of apprenticeship:
Dual vocational training regulated by the Vocational Training Act (BBiG)

Duration of apprenticeship:
3 years

Learning locations:
Company and vocational school

What does this profession involve?
Process mechanics for plastic and rubber engineering plan production of plastic and rubber articles, configure the corresponding production machinery and equipment and prepare e.g. raw mixtures. You will load filling devices with granulate or fluid mixtures and place or fit semi-finished products in the corresponding tooling. Finally, you will start up equipment, monitor processing operations and regulate them as necessary.
As expert in polymeric materials, you know their specific properties so you can use the appropriate machining or processing method for each product. You control the quality of the finished products and clean, maintain and repair production equipment.

Where does one work?
Process mechanics for plastic and rubber engineering primarily work in companies of the plastic and rubber processing industry. The chemical industry, such as manufacturers of primary plastics, provides another source of employment.
You will spend the majority of your working time in factories or production halls. You will clean dismounted forming tools and prepare them for proper storage until their next use. You will also check the quality of the products, such as their dimensional accuracy, in the measurement laboratory.

What skills are needed?
Diligent attention to detail is required, such as in the precise calculation of the amounts of plastic granulate needed for a specific recipe. The safety of your work colleagues is of primary importance when working with mills or kneaders. Here, prudence and caution are indispensable.

Because you must maintain machinery, knowledge of factories is beneficial. To be able to construct and test pneumatic and hydraulic circuits and other such tasks, you must possess knowledge of physics. Knowledge in chemistry is essential for determining the properties of various plastics.

Which educational certification is expected?
No specific educational certification is required by law. In practice, companies mainly engage apprentices with intermediate school qualification.



Excerpts from:
(partially adapted to our course of training)


Please send your applications to:



Jäger Automobil-Technik Produktion GmbH
Personnel Department
Bissendorfer Str. 6
30625 Hanover