Electronics Technician for Machines and Drive Technology (f/m)

Roles and responsibilities in overview

Electronics Technicians for Machines and Drive Technology carry out all tasks for the assembly, commissioning and maintenance of electrical machine and drive systems. Customer requirements will be analysed and you will design suitable drive systems during the preparatory phase.

You will set up production machinery, e.g. for electric motor armature windings, record and catalogue machine and winding data, and produce the necessary windings. You are responsible for the assembly and dismantling of electrical machines, fitting mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, electric and electronic components, commissioning electrical machines, mounting drive systems, installing wires and other operating equipment. You will be able to use documentation written in English, such as manuals and order information to help you perform these tasks. Electronics technicians for machines and drive technology create, modify and monitor control engineering programs, adjust (configure) frequency inverters and commission drive systems. Your role will also include the (remote) diagnosis of faults and systematic fault finding on electrical machines and complex drive systems as well as maintaining, servicing and monitoring their operational use.

Electronics technicians for machines and drive technology independently carry out their role subject to the relevant regulations and safety rules and co-ordinate their work with upstream and downstream parts of the business. You are an electrician in the sense of the accident prevention regulations.

Employment opportunities are primarily in the electrician and electrical industry with the relevant product and power spectrum. The work is predominantly based in workshops or on the factory floor, or carrying out installation work on construction sites or in customer service in varying locations. However, there is also a demand for those with electrical qualifications in non-electrical sectors, such as the metal industry.


  • Secondary school education with excellent grades
  • Intermediate secondary education

Training content

  • The application and creation of technical documentation
  • Basic training in manual and automatic machining
  • Mounting and wiring components to assemblies
  • Finishing, routing and setting components, assemblies, electronic machines and equipment
  • Control technology, pneumatics and electropneumatics
  • Control technology with hard-wired relay logic
  • Production and installation of windings in electrical machines
  • Setting up and monitoring production facilities for electrical machines
  • Assembling and dismantling electrical machines
  • Mounting and wiring control and monitoring units
  • Maintaining electrical machines and equipment

Length of apprenticeship

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

Future roles

  • Producing, mounting, servicing and repairing electrical machines, e.g. direct current, alternating current and three-phase alternating current motors as well as transformers
  • Inspecting, measuring and commissioning electrical machines and systems
  • Production, mounting and wiring of control and monitoring units
  • Monitoring production facilities for electrical machines and systems

Further training opportunities (in-service)

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