Mechanical workshop

Mechanical workshop

The workshop staff manufacture components for the Institute's experiments with an accuracy of a hundredth of a millimetre

Our workshop of almost 20 people is indispensable for the Institute's research. The precision mechanics and metalworkers here produce high-precision and often customised workpieces that are essential for the researchers' experimental work. The MPQ workshop is also a training centre - the MPQ offers up to four apprenticeships in precision mechanics and construction mechanics.

Individual parts and components for the various working groups are manufactured in the mechanical workshop at the MPQ. The elementary basis for the high-precision and complex workpieces are the technical drawings created by the scientists and technicians from the various research areas.

In the two areas of the workshop, precision mechanics and metalworking, the employees process a wide variety of materials - metals such as chrome-nickel steels, aluminium, copper and its alloys, tungsten, niobium and molybdenum are just a selection of the wide range of materials that the workshop deals with on a daily basis.

The ultra-modern equipment is indispensable - with computer-controlled milling and turning machines, the precision mechanics produce the most precise workpieces - which are often also customised one-offs - in a very short time.

The workshop offers a service that contributes significantly to the excellent research conditions at the institute: Scientists can contact the workshop when required and receive the desired experimental components within a very short time.

Vocational training at MPQ

  • Since 1998, the MPQ workshop has also served as a training facility for aspiring industrial mechanics.
  • During the three-and-a-half-year apprenticeship, trainees learn craft skills and how to operate machine tools.
  • Filing, drilling, and milling are as much a part of the training as programming and handling modern CNC machines.
  • After successfully completing their vocational training, they also have the opportunity to further their education to become a master craftsman or technician.
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