Cutting Machine Mechanic (f/m)

Roles and responsibilities in overview

Cutting machine mechanics produce tools or individual parts on NC and CNC controlled or conventional machines. They create programs and check the finished product. They check that the parts fulfil the dimension and quality specifications and are functioning properly. They maintain and monitor machines and CNC systems They develop machine language programs for computer-controlled machine tools. The finished parts are used both for tools and for industrial series production.

Cutting machine mechanics are usually employed in tool-making and jig-making workshops. The role is based in companies that produce metal products, as well as in machine and tool building, in vehicle manufacturing, in the electronics and toy industry. Your role will usually be based in a workshop or in production.

Training content

  • The application and creation of technical documentation
  • Planning and controlling operation and motion sequences
  • Checking manufactured workpieces and assuring quality
  • Servicing machines, equipment and assemblies
  • Basic and advanced training in manual and automatic machining
  • Fundamentals of CNC
  • Conventional and CNC controlled lathes

Length of apprenticeship

  • 3½ years – there is the option of shortening the apprenticeship

Future roles

  • Manufacturing series or individual parts on NC or CNC controlled machines
  • Manufacturing dimensionally accurate parts from various materials
  • Participation in Production working groups
  • Setting up and maintaining machines and systems
  • Remedying any faults that occur

Further training opportunities (in-service)

  • Specialist courses and workshops
  • Time and motion technician training
  • Technician
  • Foreman
  • Technical specialist
  • Assessor aptitude test