Say Yes! to the future
A career in the carpentry industry has a bright future. This profession is more sought-after than ever and it offers a variety of possibilities. After completing their training, carpenters are not only talented craftsmen, but can also be dedicated and skilled designers, work partners for architects, successful entrepreneurs or university students.
The three training models:
The classic carpenter has been one of the most popular apprenticeship professions for years now. A few years ago, an alternative apprenticeship that offers even more possibilities has been introduced. As an addition to the classic 3-year apprenticeship, a 4-year training program in carpentry engineering has been created. When following this career, apprentices can choose to specialize either in planning or in production. New executive forces are educated: The doors to university are wide-open and nothing stands in the way of a future career as an entrepreneur.
Professional profile – Carpentry Engineering
The dual training consisting of apprenticeship and vocational school provides those following a career in carpentry engineering with the abilities to work in their future jobs in an adequate, independent and responsible manner.
1. Carpentry Engineering – Focus on production:
- Drawing and reading diagrams, work drawings and plans,
- Work preparation,
- Choosing, examining and processing the necessary materials,
- Mounting, examining and operating machines and equipment as specified,
- Preserving and refining surfaces,
- Recognizing and correcting defects,
- Recycling and properly disposing of residual products,
- Holding talks with suppliers,
- Performing and documenting functional checks and quality control,
- Conducting work in consideration of the respective safety regulations, norms, as well as security-, environmental and quality standards.
2. Carpentry Engineering – Focus on planning
- Taking actual measurements, drawing, reading and editing diagrams, work drawings and plans,
- Work preparation,
- Choosing and processing the necessary materials,
- Contributing to product- and production development,
- Drawing up designs and simple perspectives,
- Creating sales drawings, also with the help of industry software,
- Projecting spacial solutions,
- Holding talks with customers and suppliers,
- Conducting quality control and work planning in consideration of the respective safety regulations, norms, as well as security-, environmental and quality standards.
3. Apprenticeship in combination with higher education entrance qualification:
- Entering this program is possible from the first year of apprenticeship on.
- All apprentices are admitted to the exam preparation courses.
- The apprenticeship and the preparations for the higher education entrance qualification can be done simultaneously.
- Three of the four necessary exams can be taken before the final apprenticeship examination, the fourth one afterwards and after reaching the age of 19.
- Should the apprentice fail one or more of the exams, he has two more chances each to retake them.
- If the company consents, the preparation courses can be attended during work time.
- High wage level.
Compared to the sector average, carpenters receive a sizeable income – provided that they are ambitious and devoted. Especially technicians that went through the new apprenticeship program in carpentry engineering can hope for higher starting salaries because of their outstanding qualifications. Additionally, job satisfaction tends to be very high with professional carpenters. This tremendously enhances life quality.