Get your future into shape!

Whether for smart phone casings or car components: Without tool, pattern and mould making, nothing is possible in the modern world. Training in this sector offers diversity and secure future prospects, as well as familiarity with the use of high-tech and unique machines.

Under the motto "Get your future into shape!” MOULDING EXPO in cooperation with the partner associations present the key training professions in tool, pattern and mould making: From Technical Product Designer and Technical Model Maker to Metal Cutting Mechanic and Tool Engineer. School classes will have the opportunity to exchange information and experiences with trainers and trainees there. At the same time, tours of the trade fair guided by industry experts are on offer.

Are you interested in a guided tour?

Please contact:

Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH
Mrs Angela Stoll
angela.stoll(at)messe-stuttgart.de
Phone: +49 711 1 85 60 2639

Training professions

Brief description
Technical product designers are involved in the development of machines, installations, vehicles and consumer goods from early on. They create three-dimensional data models and technical documentations for the parts and assembly units and plan the manufacturing steps and material consumption. With the help of error protocols and simulations, they adapt the models and test the functions of the changed machine and installation set-ups. They also assist design engineers in the development and improvement of consumer goods like furniture pieces, cars or smart phones.

Training
The profession is trained in crafts and industry. The duration of the training is 3.5 years. The training takes place in a company and in school (dual training). From the third year, the training splits into the two specialisations Machine and systems construction and Product design/construction.

Areas of employment
Depending on their specialisation, technical product designers find employment in development and design departments in mechanical engineering, plant construction, vehicle construction, furniture and apparatus construction, the consumer goods industry and in design offices. They predominantly work at PC workstations.

Career opportunities
Advanced further training for Technician in the specialisation Machine technology or Technical business administrator offers further career options such as a course of study with a bachelor’s degree in the subjects Product/industrial Design, Product development, engineering or construction technology.

Requirements
No specific school education is prescribed by law. Depending on the specialisation, enterprises prefer apprentices with an intermediate level of education or a university entrance qualification. In any case, good visual thinking and a technical and computational understanding as well as a degree of creativity are good prerequisites for a training as Technical product designer.

Brief description
Whether car, plane, flat iron or mobile phone - before a product can be brought to life, models must be built. These models can serve as a basis for cast or injection moulds and can be used for tests and measurings. This is where the Technical model builder comes in. The model builder makes models from diverse materials and so links the designers who put their ideas on paper and the engineers and technicians who implement the production. In addition to craftsmanship, the use of state-of-the-art CAD programs, computer-controlled tool making machines and 3D-printers is part of the responsibilities of a Technical model builder.

Training
The profession is trained in crafts and industry. The duration of the training is 3.5 years. The training takes place in a company and in school (dual training). From the third year, the training splits into the three specialisations Machine and systems construction and Product design/construction.

Areas of employment
Depending on the specialisation, Technical model builders work in model and mould making enterprises, foundries, in vehicle and machine building companies and in architecture and engineering offices. They predominantly work in workshops and factory buildings, occasionally at PC workstations.

Career opportunities
Advanced further training as Model building master or a state-certified Technician in specialisations like Wood technology with the focus on model and mould making offers good career opportunities, as does a course of study with a bachelor’s degree in subjects like metallurgy, product and industrial design and engineering.

Requirements
No specific school education is prescribed by law. Depending on the specialisation, enterprises prefer apprentices with an intermediate level of education or a university entrance qualification. In any case, craft skills, spatial imagination, technical understanding and computational skills are good prerequisites for a training to become a technical model builder.

Brief description
Cutting machine operators produce precision metal components for technical devices of all kinds. These could be wheel hubs, gear wheels, engine and turbine parts. They set up lathe, milling and grinding machines and modify the CNC-machine programs accordingly. They also clamp the metal work pieces and tools into the machines, align them, and set the work process in motion. They check whether the measurements and the surface quality of the work pieces comply with the specifications. In case of malfunctions, they search for the cause and eliminate the problem with the help of testing procedures or means. Furthermore, they carry out maintenance and inspection tasks on the machines.

Training
The profession is trained in crafts and industry. The duration of the training is 3.5 years. The training takes place in a company and in school (dual training).

Areas of employment
Cutting machine operators find employment in the tool making industry, in steel or light metal construction, vehicle construction and foundries.  They predominantly work in workshops and factory buildings.

Career opportunities
Advanced further training to as Industry master in the field of metal working or further training as  Technician in the field of mechanical engineering with a focus on cutting technologies offers good career opportunities, as does a course of study with a bachelor’s degree in subjects like Production engineering design and Mechanical engineering.

Requirements
No specific school education is prescribed by law. In any case, technical understanding, a penchant for care and a desire for precision are good prerequisites for a training as a cutting machine operator.

Brief description
Tool mechanics manufacture punching tools, bending devices or casting and injection moulds for the industrial series production. They work metals using drilling, milling and pounding and adhere to the specifications provided by technical drawings with great precision. With the aid of measuring and testing instruments, they check the dimensional accuracy of the work pieces down to a few thousandths of a millimetre. In addition to traditional manual processing methods, they use CNC-controlled machine tools that they program themselves if necessary. They assemble parts into finished tools and check them for correct function. They also service and repair damaged tool parts and instruct customers on how to operate the devices.

Training
The profession is trained in crafts and industry. The duration of the training is 3.5 years. The training takes place in a company and in school (dual training).

Areas of employment
Tool mechanics find employment in tool making and mechanical engineering companies. They predominantly work in workshops and factory buildings, occasionally at the customer’s site.

Career opportunities
Advanced further training as an Industry master in the field of metal working or further training as a Technician in the field of mechanical engineering with a focus on resources and tool construction offers good career opportunities, as does a course of study with a bachelor’s degree in subjects like design engineering and production engineering.

Requirements
No specific school education is prescribed by law. In any case, craft skills, a technical understanding and a desire for precision are good prerequisites for a training as a tool mechanic.