APPRENTICESHIP PRODUCTION ENGINEER
IN THE THICK OF IT
Apprenticeships as production engineers have been available in Germany since 2008. In 2016, STIHL was the first company in the Rems-Murr district to open the door to this special career path. During the three-year program, the trainees gain expert knowledge in development, maintenance and technical support – and are deployed in all areas of production.
The aim is to use their holistic view to identify and help optimize weak points in the production process, thus ensuring a smooth process. The insight into all areas of production opens up a variety of opportunities: “After the training, the production engineers can be deployed at every stage of the production process,” says Günther Kahn, Training Manager in Waiblingen. A technical college certificate or advanced high school diploma is the prerequisite to enter the program, and ideally candidates will have started their university studies. “Applicants need excellent communication skills, interpersonal skills, personal maturity and a great deal of self-responsibility,” explains Kahn.