Tool Mechanic (f/m)

Roles and responsibilities in overview

Tool mechanics automatically and manually machine tools, e.g. drilling or cutting. They assemble individual parts to produce complete tools and check the finished products. They check that tools fulfil the dimension and quality specifications and are functioning properly. They maintain and repair damaged or worn tool components and develop machine language programs for computer-controlled machine tools. The tools will be used for industrial series production.

Tool 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, as well servicing activities and major installation jobs at the customer's production site.


  • Secondary school education

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
  • Fundamentals of electrical installations

Length of apprenticeship

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

Future roles

  • Maintaining and repairing machines and systems
  • Adapting operational plant to changed operating conditions
  • Participation in Production working groups
  • Commissioning of machines and systems
  • Fault finding and remedying faults that occur

Further training opportunities (in-service)

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