The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) in Garching near Munich offers vocational training courses on a regular basis for refugees residing in Germany. The courses are mainly intended for students during or after completing their general school education. The courses shall provide vocational orientation and initial qualification for career planning and follow-on technical school or professional education. The courses are held in German.
The MPE offers typically one-week to four-week courses covering a great variety of activities. The participants are acquainted with basic knowledge and skills in the areas of electrical engineering and electronics, mechanical design and metalworking. The course will enable the participants to understand and measure basic electrical quantities such as voltage, current and resistance, establish data tables, plot diagrams and carry out basic activities such as fitting and soldering of printed circuit boards, electrical wiring, designing of simple electrical circuits, mechanical CAD, metal filing, sawing, drilling, and metal bending and forming in a self-reliant manner. The participants have also the opportunity to observe machining operations such as milling and turning. An initiation into optics can be offered as well using light sources, lenses, prisms and lasers for optical imaging and interferometry.
In our technical departments the participants are guided and supervised by an experienced and highly qualified staff of engineers and technicians. At the end of the course the participants will know whether a professional career in technical domains such as the electrical or metalworking industry will suit them. After the course a certificate will be handed over to the participants stating the topics covered and the goals achieved.
Strong motivation and eagerness to learn and work in the technical domains. German language skills.
The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE) pursues research in modern astrophysics and develops scientific instruments. The institute hosts development departments and workshops for electrical and mechanical engineering and manufacturing. It is located in Garching near Munich.