The training period usually is 3.5 years. However, this time may be shortened subject to certain prerequisites. Technical affinity is mandatory: Steel beams are cut to length or profiles such as sheet metal are trimmed to millimetre precision by flame cutting, laser cutting, or CNC machines. Smaller objects such as vehicle superstructures are assembled in the workshop, while larger structures such as halls or bridges are put together on site. Maintenance and repair of metal construction structures or of tools and production machines will also be part of the job. The prerequisite for training as a construction mechanic is at least a Hauptschule secondary school diploma, and ideally a Realschule diploma.
This training takes 2 years; however, it can be shortened in cases with corresponding prior education (qualification for university of applied sciences, qualification for university, completed vocational training) or at good operational and academic results. Tasks include creation of dimensioned designs of all kinds, which requires processing and finishing of sheets, pipes, and profiles. Technical documents are used to plan the individual work steps and to determine the respective tools and machines, as well as to set them up accordingly. Getting to know subject-related and mechanical procedures to be applied individually is essential for this profession.
The 3-years’ training can be shortened, e.g. in cases of corresponding prior education or special results. The dual training includes driving school lessons and the driving license test for classes C/CE. The costs for this will be covered by the training operation. Professional drivers are mostly driving trucks. They will review their vehicles for roadworthiness before starting their drive (brakes, wheels, engine, etc.) and are responsible for weighting of the load and the documents to be carried along. Professional drivers not only work behind the wheel, but also in warehouses and vehicle halls.
The training takes 3.5 years – however, it can be shortened in cases with corresponding prior education (qualification for university of applied sciences, university, completed vocational training) or at good operational and academic results. Repair of industrial vehicles of all kinds is at the focus. For example, this includes testing the lighting of semitrailers and Unimogs, undercarriage measurements, and inspection of movable elements such as gripping arms. Operation of electronic measuring and diagnosis devices is part of the profession, just as installation of desired additional facilities such as navigation devices, radio or hands-free systems. This work is performed mostly in repair workshops and production halls.
The two-years’ training time can be shortened in cases of corresponding prior education or good operational and academic results. Technical comprehension of the end products and production are prerequisites; after all, the required materials, such as metal materials and plastic granulates, must be provided according to the job documents, and the plants must be set up, supplied, and operated accordingly. The entire production process, including quality assurance and packaging of the finished products, must be supervised. Machine and plant operators will take corrective action to adjust processes where there are any deviations to ensure the high end product standards. Machine maintenance will be part of these tasks as well.