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Industrial electronics engineer

Industrial electronics engineers fit and repair electrical devices, machinery and plant equipment that are used for industrial purposes. They carry out repairs in offices and factory workshops and show operators how their equipment works.

Course contents

To ensure that plant equipment in production halls operates smoothly and safely, the electrics have to be fitted correctly. Industrial electronics engineers learn how to assembly components, measure electrical parameters and check control systems. Upon completion of their training they will also be capable of programming machine controls and know how to design and run electronic installations.

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Special requirements

Designing circuit plans does not only require spatial sense, but also drawing skills. In addition, you should have adequate numeracy skills because you will also have to calculate electrical parameters. You should also be technically-minded and have some mechanical skills that enable you to handle electronic systems.

Duration: 3.5 years

Places of study

This is a dual vocational training course. The theory is taught at a vocational school (Berufsschule), while practical training takes place at a craftsman’s workshop or an industrial company.

Year of training and pay in Euros (industry)

1st year      976 - 1.047

2nd year     1.029 - 1.102

3rd year      1.102 - 1.199

4th year      1.141 - 1.264

Year of training and pay in Euros (craft business)

1st year      650 - 810

2nd year     710 - 860

3rd year      760 - 960

4th year      820 - 1.060

Pay: gross salary before tax and deductions for social contributions; source: Federal Employment Agency (BA); last update: December 2020.

Sector of activities 

  • Mechanical engineering and tool manufacture
  • Power supply
  • Automation technology

Your perspectives after completion

  • Employment at a company that builds, operates and maintains/repairs complex machinery and equipment
  • Specialisation in e.g. quality assurance, customer service or production
  • Acquiring additional qualifications such as IT or foreign language skills
  • Continuing vocational training to become a master craftsman or fully qualified engineer

Further information on this profession:

Information on the web

Federal Ministry of Education and Research – Praktisch unschlagbar!

Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)

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