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Laboratory assistant apprenticeship

MAN Careers: Chemical laboratory technician apprenticeship

If H2O is more than just water to you, we would like to train you as a laboratory assistant. Amongst other tasks, apprenticeship includes conducting chemical investigations and test series, analysing substances and manufacturing chemical substances. A strong team spirit is also required as you will be working closely with natural scientists and engineers from research, development and production laboratories in the industry, as well as with chemical research centres.

Laboratory assistants work as part of a team in close collaboration with natural scientists and engineers in research, development and production laboratories in the industry, as well as in chemical research centres, to convert chemical processes from laboratory scale to industrial scale.

Laboratory assistants independently perform analysis, quality checks, syntheses and metrological tasks. This involves planning practical work flows for what is happening in the laboratory, taking notes to record the work and evaluating the results. Laboratory assistants need to take great responsibility in their work, particularly when it comes to adhering to standards and regulations for occupational safety, health protection, environmental protection and quality assurance. They will have a broad education in natural sciences and, during the last third of their apprenticeship - depending on the work focused on - will have acquired specialist knowledge and skills that will enable them to work within a team on projects in a variety of fields.

The apprenticeship lasts for 3.5 years. The first two years mainly consist of: Chemical and physical methods (sampling and preparing samples, physical variables and matter constants, analysis techniques, separating and combining substances), conducting analytical work (preparing samples, qualitative analysis, spectroscopy, gravimetry, titrimetry, chromatography, evaluating test results, conducting preparative work) as well as skills that are integral to the technical content such as: quality assurance measures, customer focus, cost-effective laboratories, work organisation and communication, team work, gathering information and documentation, using foreign languages for specialist tasks and handling communication and information systems.

The selection of core modules characterises the third and fourth years of the apprenticeship: A total of six of these so-called core modules are selected and taught from a pool of 23 qualification options set out in the apprenticeship regulations. The content of these qualifications strengthen or expand on the knowledge acquired in the first stage of apprenticeship.

Future opportunities include being a foreman (specialising in chemistry), certified engineer (chemical engineering, in a chemical laboratory, environmental protection) and chartered engineer (from a college of higher education) specialising in chemistry.

Duration of apprenticeship:

3.5 years

Entry requirements:

  • College entrance qualification (Fachoberschulreife)


1 apprentice every 4 years