Combining classroom study with on-the-job learning Engineering

Combining classroom study with on-the-job learning, our Engineering Apprenticeships provide a genuine alternative to university, offering the training, guidance and support you need to develop valuable skills, earn sought-after qualifications and establish yourself in your career.
Usually lasting 3½ years, they enable you to complete an official Apprenticeship, as regulated and approved by the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

We offer three Apprenticeship schemes:

  • Aircraft Mechanic (specialising in engine technology)
  • Industrial Mechanic (specialising in machinery and systems engineering)
  • Cutting Mechanic (specialising in turning).

These are roles for people who like the idea of using their hands to undertake highly skilled work. You'll have to be methodical, capable of paying close attention and able to use your common sense to solve problems.

Throughout your Apprenticeship, you'll also attend vocational school (usually on a day-release basis) to study for appropriate nationally recognised qualifications.

As an Engineering Apprentice in Germany, you'll work towards the internal B-Examiner Licence, or even the globally recognised certificate for the EASA Part 66 CAT A. Both qualifications exceed the regular requirements of your particular Apprenticeship scheme.

While your apprenticeship will be hard work, we'll never expect you to do it all alone. Throughout your time on your programme, you will have constant access to the advice and encouragement of your training supervisor and line manager, as well as your colleagues.
Together, they'll help you set your objectives, monitor your progress, understand tricky concepts and, ultimately, achieve your full potential.

Aircraft Mechanic (Engine Technology)
Our aircraft power systems are respected throughout the world for their outstanding quality. A lot of this is down to our teams of Aircraft Mechanics who are involved in their development, production and overhaul.

Specialising in engine technology, you'll master basic metalworking, join technology, pneumatic and hydraulic equipment, learn how to use testing gear, and become familiar with the English terms used in aviation as well as the documents used in this field.

You'll also gain the EASA Part 66 Category A Licence, which allows you to undertake scheduled line maintenance and repair basic faults.

Industrial Mechanic (Machinery and Systems)
Specialising in machinery and systems engineering, our Apprentice Industrial Mechanics join a team with a high level of responsibility, maintaining and repairing parts for our famous aircraft engines.

As your Apprenticeship progresses, you'll become expert at using a variety of equipment, including turning, grinding and milling machines, complex measuring and testing equipment, hydraulic and pneumatic switching systems and CNC machines. You'll also become skilled at using different materials, including sheet metal.

Cutting Mechanic (Turning)
With all the lives that depend on our aircraft engines, each part must be made to the highest quality and precision. That's what being a Cutting Mechanic is all about.

Specialising in turning, you'll learn manual cutting, basic metalworking and thermal assembling, so that as well as making, repairing, overhauling and maintaining our engine parts, you can undertake testing and quality control. You'll also become expert at using a variety of equipment from conventional turning and milling machines to the latest CNC plant.

  • Aircraft Mechanics: Dahlewitz (near Berlin).
  • Industrial Mechanics: Oberursel (near Frankfurt am Main).
  • Cutting Mechanics: Oberursel (near Frankfurt am Main).

Get paid
All our apprentices are paid competitive salaries, are paid on the basis of the tariff agreement relevant for the region.

Get qualified 
You'll work towards the internal B-Examiner Licences, or even the globally recognised certificate for the EASA Part 66 CAT A. And by the end of your Apprenticeship, you'll have completed a range of different training activities, giving you the skills, experience and confidence you need to move into a full-time role. Your training will break down into four elements: skills training, on-the-job learning, studying and support.

Get experienced  
All our apprentices go on our Starter Workshop to help develop some of the other important skills you'll need at Rolls-Royce. Through exciting, fast-paced activities outdoors and in the classroom you'll improve your teamwork, self-confidence and communication skills. You'll push yourself in new and different ways. And your experiences mean you'll come back to work an even stronger member of our team.  

  • Do a real job in an advanced engineering business
  • Learn alongside world-class engineers
  • Earn valuable qualifications
  • Get paid a real wage
  • Get career support from day one
  • Enjoy a competitive pension, and at least 30 days' holiday per year (excluding statutory holidays).

You'll need to be fluent in German, as you'll be enrolled at a German vocational school or university for the theoretical part of your training. Entry requirements vary slightly for the different roles:

  • Aircraft Mechanics: You'll need to have successfully completed 10th grade, or even the Abitur. A good grasp of Maths and Physics, along with at least a basic knowledge of the English language, is essential.
  • Industrial Mechanics: You'll need to have successfully completed 9th grade or higher. A good grasp of Maths and Physics, along with at least a basic knowledge of the English language, is essential.
  • Cutting Mechanics: You'll also need to have successfully completed 9th grade or higher. A good grasp of Maths and Physics, along with at least a basic knowledge of the English language, is essential.

Engineering Apprenticeships in Germany start in September each year.

  1. Once you have decided which Apprenticeship is for you, you’ll need to find an appropriate vacancy and preferably apply online or via email.

    Closing dates for applications are:
    Dahlewitz: 30th September 2013
    Oberursel: 31st December 2013

  2. If you application is successful, you’ll be invited to an assessment center. The day consists of written test, a group exercise and an interview.
  • Aircraft Mechanics: to find out more, contact Mirko Quednau on +49 (0)6171 90-6982 or email:
  • Industrial Mechanics: to find out more, contact Kurt Blum on +49 (0)6171 90-6982 or email:
  • Cutting Mechanics: to find out more, contact Kurt Blum on +49 (0)6171 90-6982 or email: ausbildung.oberursel@rolls-royce.com

If you have problems with our online application tool please contact the HR Share Service Center +49 (0)33708 6 3333

Please note: Some of our programmes will only be advertised on our German portal. To search for programmes in German, please visit: http://www.rolls-royce.com/careers/search/indexDE.jsp