Information electronics technician

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The profession of information electronics technician is a teaching profession in Germany.

Level training

Until 1990, after the two-year basic training to become a communications equipment mechanic, there was a one-and-a-half-year second training level for the job of information electronics as part of the step-by-step training, from which the communications electronics specialist specializing in information technology or industrial electronics specialist in various fields developed.

In 1999, the job title of information electronics technician was revived. There are now “old” and “new” information electronics technicians that are very easy to confuse.

In 1999 the specialty arose from the previous occupation of radio and television technician as well as office information electronics and the forerunner of office machine mechanic . On July 12, 1999, the decision was made to merge the two job profiles for information electronics technician and offer them with two main focuses.


  • Radio and television technician: "Information electronics technician with a focus on device and system technology"
  • Office information electronics technician: "Information electronics technician with a focus on office system technology"

The vocational school lessons are largely the same in the first year, only the few different components take place in separate classes or lesson blocks. The reasoning behind this decision is based on the assumption that the job profiles in their areas of activity have great overlaps, which in practice can only be partially understood. Very few training companies cover both the entertainment electronics and office technology segments. For this reason, the in-company part of the training is often difficult.


Training companies are mostly craft businesses , service providers ( insurance companies ), but also large entertainment, information, telecommunications and electronics stores. The training usually lasts 3½ years, but can be shortened to 3 years if the trainee so requests . In some federal states, this requires the approval of the training company and the vocational school.

Due to the large learning field and an inevitable good technical understanding, a secondary school certificate, sometimes even the Abitur, is required. With a secondary school leaving certificate, you only have limited opportunities to learn this profession.

When concluding the vocational training contract , one of the two possible focuses must be selected:

  • Office system technology (corresponds to the old profession of office information electronics technician)
  • Device and system technology (corresponds to the old profession of radio and television technician)

Since there is a steady decline in the number of apprentices, a renewed restructuring of this training occupation is being discussed.

Training content

The contents of the vocational training include extensive basics in the following specialist areas:

In the three and a half year training, existing knowledge is deepened and expanded to include television technology, reception and modulation technology, telephony, network and computer technology. In the office system technology department, instead of general television technology, the main focus is on computer technology with its peripherals (printer, scanner, plotter), classic office machines (typewriters) and reproduction technologies (copiers).

Training opportunities

Master (HWK)

It is possible to complete further training to become a master information technician. Due to legal restrictions regarding the designation “ technician ”, it is not possible to name the training occupation “ information technician ”, but it is possible to name the electronics technician who has been trained to become a master. A proven journeyman time is only required for further training to become a master if the journeyman's examination was taken in a non-specialist field (e.g. carpenter). Otherwise, unlike in the past, there is no journeyman time to be observed before the master craftsman examination. Upon completion of the master craftsman's examination, the master craftsman can set up his own company and train apprentices.


Alternatively, you can study to become a “state-certified technician ” or “state-certified computer scientist”. The admission requirements are:

  • Secondary or secondary school leaving certificate; or high school graduation, as well
  • Vocational school degree and a
  • technical vocational training or relevant professional practice
  • 5 years of professional experience at the time of the examination.

In principle, a technician can be entered in the trade register and run a company as well as train apprentices (ADA license required). In some federal states, the technical college entrance qualification is acquired after attaining the technician's degree, which enables studying at a university (e.g. electrical engineering studies).

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