Materials tester apprenticeship
Putting things under a microscope - that is the fundamental aspect of your apprenticeship as a materials tester. You will examine different materials with regard to their composition, characteristics and faults. You will also test different material properties such as hardness, stability, ductility and, for example, how materials behave when heated. Naturally, all results must be documented, because the results of your work are very important to your colleagues. What a good feeling!
Through their apprenticeship, materials testers specialising in heat treatment technology are qualified above all to work on tasks relating to the heat treatment of all metallic materials, to produce high-quality components and tools, and to service and maintain tools and equipment.
Your tasks will include using different heat treatment technologies and various pieces of mechanical equipment to achieve specific material properties in the following areas:
- General mechanical engineering
- Machine tool manufacturing
- Transmission manufacturing
- Vehicle manufacturing
- The electrical industry
- Iron, steel and non-ferrous metal production
- Tool manufacturing
These tasks are performed in workshops by both individuals and in teams for the production of single parts and small batches, in compliance with the relevant standards, safety regulations, environmental regulations and instructions.
The apprenticeship begins with 12 months of basic apprenticeship, in which basic metalworking skills are taught.
The subsequent 2.5 years of specialist apprenticeship include a systematic introduction to the different procedures for changing material properties, monitoring the processes for various heat treatment procedures, testing and recording the results of the work and servicing and maintaining tools and equipment.
Duration of apprenticeship:
- GCSEs (Mittlere Reife)