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"I think it's great that it's handcrafted."

Lisa Beer (17) decides to train as a precision optician at Jenoptik after completing her secondary school education.

What did you do before starting your apprenticeship at Jenoptik?
I completed my secondary school and immediately started my apprenticeship.

Why did you decide to train at Jenoptik?
When I was informing myself, many companies sounded good. But I didn't feel so comfortable during an internship in another large company. I only stood at the machine "part in, part out...". Jenoptik was also the first company responding my application.

What were your reasons for starting an apprenticeship as a precision optician?
I think it's great that it's something handcrafted. And you should have a little dexterity.

How exactly does your apprenticeship take place?
We always have two weeks of practical application in the apprenticeship centre and then we go to school for one week. So it's always nice and alternating. And in the beginning we also spent about a month in the company. There I chamfered a lot, but also measured, cleaned, cemented and lapped. A little bit of everything. That was fun.

What subjects do you study at school?
In the first year of our apprenticeship we dealt with round optics from the raw part to the finished workpiece and all possible manufacturing processes, drawings and calculations. In the second year, the focus is on plano optics and learning fields such as machine technology and CNC technology are added.

What would you say is particularly important in the profession of precision optician?
It depends on dexterity and that you work cleanly, neatly and with feeling. You should have some sensitivity. A gross motorist would not be so suitable for this profession. But almost anyone can learn that.

Would you recommend your apprenticeship to others?
Yes, in any case. The dual system, the alternation between school and apprenticeship centre, has many advantages. You can transfer theory from school into practice and you can also use practical experience at school.

What are your plans for the time after the training?
I would like to do my master craftsman and I might like to continue my training in CNC technology. I can't say that in concrete terms yet, but I would like to continue.