An Apprenticeship at the JKU.

The JKU not only provides education for students, but for apprentices as well. Vocational apprentice training has been a long-standing tradition at Upper Austria's largest educational institution for teaching and research: Since 1985, approximately 140 young adults have successfully completed an apprenticeship at the JKU.

Here at the JKU, you can choose to complete an apprenticeship in one of 10 different areas and let your talents shine. An apprenticeship at the JKU is special in that in addition to learning on-site and mandatory attendance at a vocational school, there is a rotation system that allows you to spend several weeks at - and learning about - other departments and work areas at the JKU. You can also take internal training classes to enhance your professional skills, such as a class on telephone skills, social media, personality training, communication skills, computer classes, or language courses in English.

You could earn a bonus in recognition of outstanding achievements at a vocational school and for those who choose to complete the apprenticeship/Matura program, we provide support by giving you special leave and a bonus for doing well on the final apprenticeship examinations. One of the many perks you'll find here includes an official Welcome Day, taking part in targeted team-building measures, and being eligible to receive a discount for meals at the university cafeteria.  Get to know your co-workers by having lunch together with them and soon you will quickly feel at home and like part of our team!

Apply Now!

You are talented and motivated and we have a program that caters to you and your interests? Completing an apprenticeship at the JKU means you will be well prepared for any future career. If you are interested in one of the apprenticeships we offer, we encourage you to apply. We look forward to your application! Unfortunately we cannot provide opportunities to check out apprenticeships positions in advance. During the application process, suitable candidates will receive an invitation to meet the department and staff. Apprenticeships begin in September. Click here in October or November to learn about open positions for the following year. You can also take the initiative to send us an application at any time.



Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


Aubrunnerweg 9, Ground Floor


Jakob Freudenthaler


+43 732 2468 3413


We offer the following apprenticeships:

Electronic Technician (Applied Electronics)

Are you naturally drawn to machines and machine equipment?  Circuit diagrams and soldering devices do not frighten you? Then consider an apprenticeship in Applied Electronics. Your activities include installing sensors and digital controls.  And if something does not work, you will learn how to search from the problem and solve it. You will also learn how to independently create circuit diagrams, assemble control systems, and lay cables and electric lines. In addition, you will learn to use PCB boring machines, multimeters, and oscilloscopes. You will also learn IT to be able to program the controls you build.


By applying and being to combine technical know-how, technical understanding, and skills to think logically you will be able to complete this apprenticeship


Apprenticeship Period: 3.5 years

Electrician (Systems and Industrial Engineering)

You will have a good grip of electricity when completing the apprenticeship program to become an electrician. You will have the opportunity to plan electric and electricial equipment yourself that you will assemble, maintain and repair.  You will also be challenged by learning how to handle heavy and low-current systems.  You will learn in detail and step-by-step how to handle these systems and soon you will be able to create your own electrical systems with control cabinets, power rails, and cable.  An important aspect is, of course, learning to maintain the system and repair any malfunctions.  Working with electricity also requires learning important work standards, safety regulations, environmental standards, and quality standards.

What you need: In addition to being naturally drawn to machine, having technical knowledge is also important.  Above all, you should have the ability to focus and concentrate and also be safety-aware. If you also have the ability to think logically and analytically, the you have the skills to become a good electrical engineer!

Apprenticeship Period: 3.5 years

Information Technology (Engineering and Informatics)

Computers are a part of our everyday lives.  As an information technologist, you will be the person to tell computers what to do.  You will develop computer programs that you have written yourself.  You will also create and install database applications as well as hardware and software.  In addition, you will help employees when they have computer problems. Depending on your interests and talents, you can also be trained as a computer scientist or information technician at the JKU.

What you need: Organizational skills and technical knowledge are required to become an Information Technologist.
A strong understanding of mathematics and logical thinking skills will also help you successfully develop programs. If you are also a bit creative and have good aptitudes, nothing can stand in the way of completing this apprenticeship!

Apprenticeship Period: 3.5 years

Plastics Engineer

Plastics and polymers have become an indispensable part of our everyday lives. Packinging, everyday items, furniture, machines, and even components for cars and airplanes are made of plastic.  As a plastics technician, you will create plastic items, components or semi-finished products yourself.  You will also learn to control and program machinery and equipment.  The position also combines modern information technology with craftsmanship such as welding, soldering, and drilling. Sounds like a lot?  Don't worry as during the four-year program you will also learn to wort with microscopes as well as rolling and cutting machines.  There will be more than enough time to practice and apply what you have learned .


What you need: Technical knowledge for these kinds of activities is particularly important.  You also need to be environmentally and safety-aware.  Together with a knowledge of chemistry and good workmanship you will have what it takes to become a plastics engineer.


Apprenticeship Period: 4 years

Lab Technician (Chemistry)

Almost everything in life is chemistry - even life itself. As a laboratory technician you will carry out chemical and physico-chemical studies and conduct exciting experiments.  You will use a microscope to examine chemicals such as acids, but also living organisms.  You will conduct research on the properties of plastics, paints, varnishes, and food stuffs.  You will also develop, prepare, and carry out your own experiments.  You will take samples, analyze substances and draft reports about your findings. You will learn how to use chromatography equipment, vacuum filters, and UV analyzers in order to discover, for example, the pH values in a liquid substance, etc.

What you need: As a laboratory technician you will learn to take systematic approaches.  You should have both good observation and mathematical skills as well as be able to think logically.   Hygiene and safety awareness is also very important as you will handle partly dangerous materials such as acids.  But don't worry, during the program you will be taught exactly how to deal with dangerous substances.

Apprenticeship Period: 3.5 years

Painter and Laminator

Do you enjoy the feel of a paint brush in your hand?  Then training to become a painter is the right program for you.  You will turn dark and dreary areas into a warm and welcoming places: your tasks will include brightening plaster, walls, and concrete walls.  In addition, as a budding expert you will learn to work with primer, paints, and varnish. You will not only make these surfaces look good, you will learn how to protect them against outside elements such as the environment and the weather.

What you need: This profession requires creativity as well as the ability to work accurately.
If you have a good feel for colors and the smell of paints and varnish don't bother you, this is the right program for you.  You should be unafraid of heights and be able to calculate well.  With these skills, you can learn to be a painter.


Apprenticeship Period: 3 years

Media Professional (Media Design and Media Technology)

Have you always wanted to design a newspaper or magazine yourself?  Then this program to become a media professional is perfect for you.  Here you will draft and edit templates in the fields of print, multi-media and online areas.  You will learn to use image processing and lay-out programs as well as animated software in order to cater to your clients' wishes.  As a media professional you will also be asked to monitor production and control the quality of results.  You will work in a team along with programmers, multimedia project managers and online editors. In the end, the print media has to look exactly the way you promised your client it would.

What you need: Organizational skills and IT knowledge are, of course, very important. It is just as important, however, to be focused and possess some creativity.  As you will develop products together with clients, you must also be able to argue well and have a feel for what the client wants.


Apprenticeship Period: 4 years

Metal Technician (Toolmaking Technician)

Tough, but hearty: becoming a metal technician is all about working with metals, machines and tools.  You will process iron as well as plastics and make machines and tools out of these materials. You will assemble finished individual components in the workroom as well as at construction sites.  In doing so, you will learn to about workflow and production steps, creating technical materials, and programming computer-controlled machines.  And naturally also about drilling, milling, grinding and soldering.

What you need: As a metal technician you need to be in strong, physically good shape. You also need dexterity skills and good working knowledge of math and engineering for your work. You must also be safety-aware when working with machines.

Apprentice Period: 3.5 years

Physics Laboratory Technician

Physics lab technicians are always searching for the core of something.  As a lab technician in physics, you will prepare physical experiments in the research labs, independently conduct experiments, and evaluate the findings. You will examine materials to discover their composition and properties.  You will use various machines and equipment such measuring instruments (a voltmeter, microwave, and an ampermeter).  You will also learn how to create logs, tables, and charts. In short, you will learn everything you need to know about analyzing an object's physical properties.  You will also learn how to document and archive your data, findings, and your studies.

What you need:  Accuracy and precision is vital to your work.  You should also be able to think logically and analytically and be able to concentrate, focus, and possess good coordination skills.  With a little technical knowledge and IT experience, you will be able to conduct amazing physical experiments.


Apprenticeship Period: 3.5 years

Administrative Assistant

Even the best researchers need support.  In the area of administration you will ensure the smooth running of day-to-day operations in the office.  There are many responsibilities and duties in the area of administration at the JKU and at institutes:  processing incoming and outgoing mail, writing correspondence, and supporting clients and customers.  During the program you will learn to take delivery of goods in a proper manner as well as obtain and process offers.  In addition, you will assist in organizing events and presentations.  In order to make your work easier, you will learn how to use many important computer programs.

What you need: It is important to be able to work well with other people as you will come into frequent contact with clients and customers.  If you can also manage to remain calm and collected in high-pressure situations, then you have what it takes to be an administrative assistant.

Apprenticeship Period: 3 years



Announcements for apprenticeship openings are published in October / November.