Mechanics or electronics? Why not both? You can complete an apprenticeship to become a mechatronics engineer in three and a half years. It will be your responsibility to ensure that HHLA’s handling equipment at the container terminals is always working. The focus is on straddle carriers and container gantry cranes. Theoretical training will be provided by the Hamburg Institute for Vocational Education and Training’s Farmsen technical college for media and technology. Skills such as soldering, welding, and milling will be taught to you at the Hamburg Vocational Training Centre.
During the apprenticeship you will learn to install and test hardware and software for technical devices and how to repair them. You will come into contact with electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems. This includes automated guided vehicles. They take care of throughput at the terminals and largely run on hydraulic systems. Another case that requires a mechatronics engineers is when changing the programming for the container gantry cranes’ electrical systems. There are plenty of interesting challenges to be found in the field of mechanics and electronics.
The equivalent of GCSEs are required along with a good understanding of maths and physics. Also important: You need to have a good tolerance for heights to work on the container gantry cranes.