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Technical product designer apprenticeship

MAN Careers: Apprenticeship as a technical product designer

While sketches used to be done on drawing boards, everything is now modelled directly on the computer using CAD systems. And that is exactly why we need you as a technical product designer. Through your work, you will support our design engineers and use artistic and technical specifications to create three-dimensional models on the computer, as well as technical documentation. To do this, you must keep your wits about you as well as face the challenges of materials science.

Through their apprenticeship, technical product designers specialising in machine and equipment construction are qualified to work on construction and planning tasks.

Your tasks will include creating production documents, primarily technical illustrations and parts lists. The technical illustrations may include general drawings or component drawings, freehand sketches, installation plans, circuit diagrams and graphical representations.

These documents are made using CAD (Computer Aided Design). You will also gain experience with drawing and material standards, stock lists, tables, DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung - German Institute for Standardisation) documents and mathematical tasks. These jobs require the capability to move easily between different intellectual challenges combined with manual skills, concentration and the ability to adapt.

Tasks are performed in the engineering departments, under the instruction of designers or engineers, independently or in groups.

The basic apprenticeship, which lasts for 2 years, is divided into 6 stages, each lasting 4 months. Stage 1 includes the basics of technical illustrations, such as learning about drawing instruments, standard lettering, line styles and line width, basic geometric design, dimensioning, depicting different views, cropping and so on. This is taught at the drawing school. In stages 1, 3 and 5, apprentices are taught to work with CAD tools and can strengthen and practice these skills extensively. Each apprentice is taught to use 3 CAD tools. In stages 2, 4 and 6, over 12 months of internal apprenticeship in the various departments within the apprenticeship centre and the company, the technical product designer is taught to use tools and materials as well as individual production techniques, such as turning, milling, welding, heat treating, surface technology, pre-assembly and final assembly, as well as the basics of control technology and electrical engineering. In stage 3, at the drawing school, the technical product designer learns to apply standards, produce component and assembly drawings and create parts lists.

A further 18 months of specialist apprenticeship is then provided by commissioned design engineers in the various engineering departments, to systematically introduce apprentices to practical work.

Your opportunities for development:

After your apprenticeship, we will offer you:

  • The opportunity to begin a career at one of the leading commercial vehicle manufacturers in Europe
  • An exciting and diverse role, which allows you to use your knowledge and skills to establish yourself within the company
  • A takeover that complies with the current trade agreements

Duration of apprenticeship:

3.5 years

Your requirements:

  • GCSEs (Mittlere Reife)
  • A-levels (Abitur)