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Shape your future with Pepperl+Fuchs - FAQs on apprentice training

Are you looking to start an apprenticeship at Pepperl+Fuchs, but still have questions? This section provides answers to some of the most important questions in and around the apprenticeships we offer. You can find answers regarding Pepperl+Fuchs as an employer, as well as general information on applying for a position at Pepperl+Fuchs in the overview here

  • Which of the Pepperl+Fuchs branch offices actually offer apprenticeships?

    Depending on your desired field of specialization, you can complete your apprentice training at the Pepperl+Fuchs company headquarter in Mannheim, at the Pepperl+Fuchs branch office in Berlin, or at the Pepperl+Fuchs subsidiary ECOM Instruments GmbH in Assamstadt. 

  • How long does vocational training take at Pepperl+Fuchs?

    The Industrial Clerk (m/f/d), IT Specialist, and Warehouse Logistics Specialist courses each take 3 years. 
    The Electronics Engineer for Equipment and Systems and the Electronics Technician for Information and System Technology courses each take 3 ½ years.

  • What conditions do I need to satisfy in order to qualify for an apprenticeship at Pepperl+Fuchs?

    Since the prerequisites can vary from one course to another, a brief description is provided again in the respective postings.
    Beside good grades, however, personal characteristics such as your motivation, stamina, or communication skills also play a key part. We consider it important for you to display the required commitment, yet also have fun, enjoy learning new things, and bring a sense of team spirit.

  • When do the courses start?

    All apprenticeships start on September 1st each year. 

  • When can I apply for an apprenticeship?

    There is no fixed application deadline. Our application portal is open from March onward for the subsequent training year. However, since most spots are assigned some time before the start of training, you should ideally already apply a year before you are due to complete your school-leaving qualification. 

  • Who will support me during the apprenticeship?

    You can rely on intensive support and guidance for your personal further development throughout your entire training period. This is provided by appointees in the individual specialist departments that you will pass through during your apprenticeship. Full-time, qualified trainers are on hand to support all apprentices throughout the entire training period and graduates from previous courses can also be contacted at any time. In addition to this, we assign mentors to our new apprentices in the first few months at the Mannheim site and at ECOM Instruments GmbH in Assamstadt. These can generally help with any issues or questions. 

  • What opportunities are available to apprentices and how likely is it that they will be taken on as permanent employees at Pepperl+Fuchs after successfully completing their training?

    Since the training we offer is based on our own requirements, your chances of being offered a permanent employment relationship after completing your apprenticeship are very good. Many of our former apprentices today work in a wide range of departments at Pepperl+Fuchs. 

  • What kind of equipment and facilities does Pepperl+Fuchs offer? Where does the training take place?

    You can generally expect to find modern equipment and facilities, as well as up-to-date software at all locations and in all specialist departments you pass through while completing your apprenticeship. During training-on-the-job, you will gain practical experience and then implement the skills and knowledge you have learned with the support of the latest technology.

    Pepperl+Fuchs Mannheim: In our modern training area/workshop, which is geared toward delivering digitalized learning, you will be prepared for your future career using multimedia learning islands, experimental boards, smartboards, and also a computer-aided training system. You can take a look at the training area at the company HQ in Mannheim here

    Pepperl+Fuchs Berlin: Our dedicated training workshop will offer you ideal preparation for a successful career start. Working with various machines, technical equipment, and systems ensures well-founded and practical, real-world training.

  • Where is the vocational school located?

    Pepperl+Fuchs headquarter in Mannheim: Industrial clerks attend the Max-Hachenburg School in Mannheim. IT specialists receive their theoretical tuition at the Hubert-Sternberg School in Wiesloch. Vocational tuition of the Electronics Technician for Information and System Technology apprenticeship takes place in blocks at the State Vocational College Lauingen (Dillingen district). There they are accommodated for the duration of the theoretical phases in the residential building attached to the vocational school (the costs of accommodation are covered by us).

    ECOM Instruments GmbH in Assamstadt: Classes for industrial clerks and Warehouse Specialists are held at the vocational business school in Bad Mergentheim, while classes for those on the electronics engineer for devices and systems course are held at the industrial vocational school in Bad Mergentheim.

    Pepperl+Fuchs Berlin: Classes for apprentices at the Pepperl+Fuchs location in Berlin are held at the Oberstufenzentrum TIEM occupation school in Spandau.

  • How often are vocational school classes held?

    Vocational school classes are held on a weekly basis or in blocks, depending on the occupation being trained for (see the description of the respective training occupations).

  • How long is the probationary period?

    Pepperl+Fuchs Mannheim and ECOM Instruments GmbH: Four months

    Pepperl+Fuchs Berlin: Three months

  • What does a good application for an apprenticeship place look like and how can I apply?

    Your application should include a cover letter, a résumé, and the two most recent certificates from the school you are currently attending. You may add a photo if you wish, although this is not compulsory. 

    Your cover letter should tell us a bit about yourself and why you wish to start this particular apprenticeship. Maybe you have been fascinated by technology since you were young and have always enjoyed tinkering? This is exactly the kind of information we like to hear if you are, for example, applying for an electronics engineer apprenticeship. What makes you stand out from other applicants (for example hobbies, volunteer work, internships, or prior knowledge/experience)? Try to be authentic in your descriptions, as this is the most important thing for us. Please also pay attention to spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

  • When is the selection procedure for apprenticeship places held and how does this work?

    In the first step, the application documents are carefully examined and a preselection of all applications received is performed.

    Pepperl+Fuchs Mannheim: If you have impressed us with your application documents, we will send you an online test that you can complete in your own time from home. The test takes around 60 to 90 minutes and can be taken on any computer with an Internet connection. In terms of content, the test focuses on technical and commercial understanding. Once we have sent you the invitation for the test, you can take the actual test at a time that suits you. We then invite you to attend our recruitment day, so that we can get to know you a little better. This gives you the opportunity to show us who you are, what special skills you have to offer, and whether you are a good fit for our team. Beside group exercises, you will also take part in a one-to-one interview with those responsible from the training area, as well as the respective specialist department. 

    Pepperl+Fuchs Berlin, ECOM Instruments GmbH: During the selection procedure, you will take an online test and also take part in a one-to-one interview with those responsible from the training area, as well as the respective specialist department. 

    The key here is also to simply be yourself and talk openly. 

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