The apprentices learn to work with different materials, which they handle either manually or with machines. They learn to work with conventional as well as computer-assisted lathes and millers, and how to instal pneumatic circuits.
During their apprenticeship, they will also learn to handle unusual materials, such as titan, tungsten, invar, and vacuum-resistant plastics, which are particularly relevant for space research.
Diligent and accurate work is very important for precision mechanics to be able to finish a workpiece with an accuracy of 1/100 mm and perform quality checks. Technical understanding is required to work with the different machine tools and understand the necessary technical manuals and the basics of electronics and technology.
In addition to an intermediate-level secondary education (Realschulabschluss), good grades in Maths and Physics are required to transform values from calculation tables, for instance, and produce mathematical and physical calculations that are needed to produce workpieces. Basic knowledge of computing facilitates the introduction into CNC techniques;good command of English is helpful.