Find your paSMSion

Start your career with us: If you have a passion for technology, enjoy working in a team, take delight in achieving good results, and perhaps would like to spend some time abroad – our apprenticeship programs offer you exciting and diverse opportunities. SMS group offers you interesting challenges and insights into the diversity of a globally active plant construction and mechanical engineering company.

Our apprentices in Hilchenbach, Mönchengladbach and Witten are looking forward to welcome you! We offer various apprenticeships to motivated young people and every year we look for new colleagues who would like to start their careers in commercial, technical or industrial fields. This also applies if you are currently studying but prefer to make the switch to an apprenticeship. And we expressly welcome applications from severely disabled people.

Apprenticeship day in Mönchengladbach

Saturday, September 21, 2024, 09:00 to 14:00: Get to know our apprenticeship in Mönchengladbach

Apprenticeship instead of study

You realize that studying is not the right thing for you? Too dry, too theoretical, too anonymous? An apprenticeship with us is multifaceted, practical and versatile - and the springboard for your career. 

Simply apply via our career portal.

Industrial apprenticeships

  • Mission beginSMS

    In the field of industrial apprenticeships, we will train you in our modern workshops in Hilchenbach and Mönchengladbach. Here you will work in the fields of hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, and microcomputer technology, and gain practical experience on CNC machines or high-quality technical equipment right from the start.

  • Hybrid mechatronics (m/f/d)

    Are you interested in a combination of two apprenticeships, for example mechatronics and electronics, or mechatronics and industrial mechanics?

    Then we can offer you an attractive training opportunity with good future prospects, without the need to complete a course of studies. After only 4½ years, you will have two qualifications under your belt. With this specialized training, you will be well equipped to work in many challenging areas of digitalization in your future career.

  • Plant mechanic (m/f/d)

    Do you think no plant or machine is too big to handle? Are you interested in building and installing all sizes of plants and machines? Then get your career into gear by joining us as a trainee plant fitter on an exciting and varied apprenticeship!

  • Electronics technician (m/f/d)

    Be there when the big plants and machines of the future are built and help to wire up and program them.

  • Industrial mechanic (m/f/d)

    Are you interested in the functionality and operation of plants and machines? Do you enjoy getting the equipment up and running? Working in the field of industrial mechanics, you will be responsible for a diverse range of tasks in the construction and maintenance of plants and machines.

  • Mechatronics technician (m/f/d)

    Are you interested in the interaction between mechanical and electrical engineering? Then we're the right choice for you! Help us ensure that industrial plants and machines are kept running smoothly.

  • Machining mechanic (m/f/d)

    Do you enjoy producing parts and mechanical components on computer-controlled machines? Then become a professional or specialist in component production and help make industrial manufacturing even more precise by applying your attention to detail!

Technical apprenticeships

  • ChooSMSe your way

    As a budding technical product designer, on our draftsmanship course you will learn how machines are designed on modern computer systems.  Step by step, you will become familiar with all aspects of development – including the computer-aided design process and the selection of suitable materials.

  • Technical product designer (m/f/d)

    Are you interested in all things tech and want to know more about designing and building large machines and installations? Then start a career with us that brings together high-end 3D engineering and sustainable technology! Join us in shaping a shared climate-friendly future.

Commercial apprenticeships

  • Create your SMStory

    In our commercial and specialist IT roles, you will gain comprehensive practical knowledge in around 20 departements. We really value the concept of taking what we have learned and applying it in practice. As a result, our trainees are constantly given opportunities to work actively and independently on projects and orders.

  • IT specialist (m/f/d) – application development

    Do you enjoy software development? Then join us in compiling the software of the future and turn 0s and 1s into useful information. Help us design tomorrow's digital world!

  • IT specialist (m/f/d) – system integration

    Are you the root on your local host? Then join us in taking our data centers to the next level and building the networks of tomorrow. Help us design the IT infrastructure of the future!

  • Industrial clerk (m/f/d)

    Do you want to get to know a company's business processes and workflows? At SMS, we have a wide range of different areas that look forward to welcoming you. Help us design the business processes of tomorrow!

  • Commercial specialist for digitalization management (m/f/d)

    Are you interested in #IT and #commerce? And you want to combine business and commerce with the world of IT? Then join us in shaping the digital transformation and business models of tomorrow!

Train and study

Are you interested in mechanical and plant engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, or business administration – in both theory and practice? Then you can choose to either study after a reduced period of vocational training or take a course of study while you train, allowing you to prepare perfectly for a career in industry! With this dual qualification under your belt, you will be ready to take on the wide range of diverse tasks in your job.

Now take the next step!

Ready for impreSMSive projects?

Visit our career portal for an overview of all current vacancies worldwide at SMS group.

Our team

Our training team in Düsseldorf, Mönchengladbach, and Hilchenbach is looking forward to receiving your application. We are on hand to help you on your way. If you have any questions, simply speak to us!

That’s us!
Fee Ambaum

Fee Ambaum

Applications Mönchengladbach & specialist internships

+49 2161 350 2036
SMS group GmbH
Ohlerkirchweg 66
41069 Mönchengladbach
Anja de Koster

Anja de Koster


+49 2733 29 2506
SMS group GmbH
Wiesenstraße 30
57271 Hilchenbach

Professional training highlights

SMS group gives you a wide range of opportunities to get more out of your apprenticeship. With additional qualifications and the chance to spend some time abroad, you can gain experience that goes beyond the vocational part of your specialist area.

  • Additional qualifications
    • Foreign language correspondent
    • Additive manufacturing
  • Time spent abroad
    • Europe – experience it while learning
    • Worldwide training
    • Assignments on international construction sites
  • The German Federal Foreign Languages Contest

FAQ | Apprenticeships

Which vacancies are available?

Which vacancies are available?

Is there a closing date for applications?

Is there a closing date for applications?

We start advertising vacancies on 1 April for the following year. However, you can see whether there are still vacancies for the current year at any time.

How do I apply?

How do I apply?

We have put together our most essential application tips for you here.

What do I need for a complete application?

What do I need for a complete application?

Take a look at our application tips, where you will find the answers to most of your questions.

Will I receive confirmation that you have received my application documents?

Will I receive confirmation that you have received my application documents?

Yes, you will receive a confirmation email shortly afterwards. If you feel it is taking too long, please check your spam folder.

How will I be invited to an interview?

How will I be invited to an interview?

If you pass the online test, we will invite you by email. Here, too, you may need to check your spam folder.

How long does the interview last?

How long does the interview last?

An interview lasts around an hour. However, it may also be shorter or longer.

What should I do if I am unable to keep the appointment?

What should I do if I am unable to keep the appointment?

Let us know as soon as possible, ideally through your named contact person.

Does SMS group reimburse the travel costs for the interview?

Does SMS group reimburse the travel costs for the interview?

Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse any travel costs for the interview.

How much does an apprentice earn per month?

How much does an apprentice earn per month?

We are guided here by the collective agreements of the metal and electrical industry in North Rhine-Westphalia, which you can view here: Collective Agreement IG Metall

How many paid vacation days do apprentices get each calendar year?

How many paid vacation days do apprentices get each calendar year?

Each apprentice is entitled to 30 paid vacation days.

How long does an apprentice work per day/week?

How long does an apprentice work per day/week?

You will work 7 hours a day (Mon–Fri), i.e. 35 hours a week.

Application tips

What you need to bear in mind when submitting your application

  • Prepare these documents:
    • Covering letter1
    • Résumé1
    • Your last two school reports1
    • Certificates of internships or other activities1
    • An expressive photo2
  • Select the apprenticeship you want under "Current job openings".
  • Double-click on the apprenticeship to see a brief summary of the profession. Click on "Apply" at the bottom of the page. This opens the online application form.
  • Fill out the form completely and attach the above documents.
  • Submit your application online. We send you a confirmation of receipt. If we like your application, we’ll invite you to take a test.
  • Then, if your test result is positive, you can personally convince us of your qualities in an interview.

1 = max. file size: 4 MB per file. Files can be in the following formats: doc, docx, pdf, rtf, ppt, pptx, jpg, xls, xlsx
2 = max. file size: 4 MB per file. Files can be in the following formats: jpg, gif