Training as an electronics technician for industrial engineering

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What does an electronics technician for industrial engineering do?

As an electronics technician for industrial engineering, you are responsible for all electronic work. This means that you install and connect electrical equipment, measure and analyze electrical functions and systems, assess the safety of electrical systems and equipment, install and configure IT systems - and you are responsible for the technical analysis of orders and their solution development.

Electronics technicians for industrial engineering can also be described as all-rounders, because they also set up, monitor and maintain production and testing equipment. They therefore keep an eye on the business process and continue to operate quality management in the area of operation.

After training as an electronics technician for industrial engineering, you will be responsible for programming, configuring systems and designing plant modifications and expansions.
At the same time, you will not ignore occupational health and safety and environmental protection.

When does the training as an electronics technician for industrial engineering start at the University of Kassel and where does it take place?

The training starts on 01.09. of a year and takes place mainly in the electrical and electronics workshop of the Department of Electrical Engineering/Computer Science at the Wilhelmshöher Allee site of the University of Kassel.
The theoretical training takes place at the Oskar-von-Miller School in Kassel.

At the time you start training, you should have an intermediate school leaving certificate (Realschulabschluss). The grades in mathematics, physics and English should be at least "satisfactory" or better on your school leaving certificate. In addition, an interest in manual work, IT and electronics, a technical understanding and logical thinking are important.

There are fixed working hours from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on weekdays.

Training as an electronics technician for industrial engineering has a dual structure. It lasts three and a half years. The trainees work in the electrical and electronics workshop of the electrical engineering/computer science department, where they gain practical experience right from the start.

Theory is taught at the vocational school on certain days of the week. The vocational school is the Oskar von Miller School in Kassel.

The vocational school is an important part of the training, as it provides you with the theoretical background knowledge for your professional practice. You will learn about electrotechnical systems, analyze control systems and become familiar with the devices and assemblies in plants. After all, you will have to be able to assemble these later and know their functions for programming controls.

Important subjects in the vocational school are:

  • Operating technology
  • Installation and power engineering
  • Control technology
  • Systems and equipment engineering

A monthly training allowance is paid in accordance with Section 8 (1) of the Collective Agreement for Trainees of the State of Hesse (TVA-H BBiG). This currently amounts to

  • 1,126.85 EUR in the 1st year of training
  • 1,181.43 EUR in the 2nd year of training
  • 1,231.51 EUR in the 3rd year of training
  • 1,300.97 EUR in the 4th year of training

Technical specialist: Of course, you should be technically proficient. After all, as an electronics technician for operating technology, you are responsible for all electronic work.

Patient: In addition to technical understanding, patience also plays an important role.

Logician: It is an advantage if you can think logically. This makes it easier for you to assemble or connect electrical equipment, for example.

Yun, apprentice electronics technician for industrial engineering at the University of Kassel in an interview

Tell us about your training!

I plan and set up electrical installations and lay cables. I also set up electrical installations and systems and test or repair them. I plan and convert circuit diagrams into electrical controls. It is also important that I learn and apply work safety and protective measures when dealing with electrical installations.

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Yun in conversation

Why did you choose an apprenticeship and this one in particular?

The education system in Germany is very much based on practical learning. In the apprenticeship, you learn practice and theory at the same time. I think that's very good, because afterwards you gain enough experience to survive in the working world. I've always enjoyed technology. I like to repair electrical appliances at home. It makes me very happy when I see that the devices are working again. For this reason, I wanted to know more about electrical engineering.

What else would you like to pass on to others?

Hi guys, electronics is very interesting. We have nice and experienced professionals here. If you are interested in technology, just come to us.

Ask yourself beforehand if ...

  • you enjoy theoretical work.
  • you already liked math and physics at school.
  • you are responsible.

Or whether you ...

  • get impatient as soon as technology doesn't work.
  • you are not so good at practical work.
  • you get a sinking feeling in your stomach when dealing with high voltage current.