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Qualification: Foundry mechanic

Foundry mechanic

Qualification Information

Type of qualification

This qualification is a dual vocational education and training (3-year and 3½-year training course). The vocational education and training system is highly significant in Germany. Central importance in this regard is attached to training within the dual system, which facilitates access to many areas of occupational activity for which in other countries training at an institute of higher education is required. The system is described as “dual” because training is conducted at two independent training venues, the company and the vocational school. Training combines the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practically related competences with company practice. Successful completion of training confers the right directly to exercise the occupation in question as a qualified skilled worker in a state recognised training occupation. It also leads to the subsequent opportunity to access a wide range of upgrading training.

Those completing training hold the professional skills, knowledge and competences (employability skills) necessary for the exercising of a qualified occupational activity. They are in possession of competences for the autonomous planning and processing of professional tasks assigned within a comprehensive area of learning or field of occupational activity which is subject to change.

Description of the qualification (learning outcomes)

Production of castings in lost moulds or permanent moulds in accordance with particular occupational safety and quality specifications,
Setting up of foundry machines and systems, entering of necessary operating values and retooling for changes in products,
Operation and controlling of foundry machines and systems,
Completion of tasks using construction drawings and associated technical documentation in accordance with customer specific requirements,
Use of information for relating to order completion consisting of data sheets, specifications, standards, descriptions as well as operating and work instructions,
Correct assembly or pattern equipment in accordance with drawings,
Planning, monitoring and optimization of work processes within the production process,
Application of measures relating to occupational safety and environmental protection,
Blending, smelting and alloying of cast materials, monitoring and checking of smelting,
Preparation and checking of moulding materials,
Use of tools, machines, devices, jigs and systems for mechanical moulding material preparation, mould and core making,
Setting up of permanent mould or pattern equipment for the production process,
Ensuring quality of cast parts through the entire production process,
Keeping and interpretation of statistics and records, in particular relating to quality data,
Identification of casting defects, arranging measures for their removal,
Post-treatment of cast parts,
Identification of malfunctions in production systems and production equipment, taking measures to remedy these and maintenance of production resources,
Active involvement in group discussions on the improvement of process safety and quality, regarding optimisation of group work stations and for the purpose of internal group agreement

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Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Access requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements. Compulsory schooling of nine or ten full-time school years have to be completed. The training relationship is constituted via conclusion of a vocational education and training contract with a private sector company or comparable institution.

Ways to acquire: 

Training takes place at a company and at a vocational school. During company-based training, trainees acquire practically related competences within a real working environment. On one or two days a week or during blocks of one to two weeks’ duration, trainees attend vocational school, where general and occupationally related contents of a theoretical nature are imparted in a way that is linked to the practical training provided at the company. Training concludes with a final examination conducted by the examination board of the competent body.

Persons who are able to demonstrate that they have been employed in an occupation or in another relevant training occupation for a period at least one and a half times as long as is prescribed for the period of initial training or who are able to produce certificates or other evidence to prove that they have acquired sufficient employability skills may also be admitted to the final examination (so-called “external examination”).