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Mechanical and metal sector

Qualifications in the mechanical and metal sector (vocational qualifications, further qualifications and specialist qualifications) impart the competence needed in particular in tasks of the technology industry, but it can also be applied to production tasks in other sectors, as well as the service and maintenance tasks of various industrial plants and buildings.

In product manufacturing, machining is typically carried out using computer controlled machine tools; numerically controlled and automatic plate machines are used to manufacture plate components; and components are joined together by welding and other techniques. The sector also offers an extremely wide variety of machine and equipment assembly tasks.

The maintenance and service tasks comprise operation and condition monitoring and associated measuring tasks as well as machine and equipment installations (including electrical work). Technology industry tasks requiring strong and versatile expert skills will persist and, in certain specialist areas of competence, even increase in number.

Services associated with the trade of machines and equipment are expanding, which will increase the need for persons with versatile skills who master their installations and maintenance.