Chemical Laboratory Technician (m/f)

Your Start in This Vocational Training

Your first step in the BÜFA world begins with a  "getting acquainted weekend". Before you actually start your vocational training, you will get to meet the other apprentices and your training supervisor who will be your personal contact throughout the entire duration of your vocational training and who will always have an open ear for you.  

At a relaxed get-together, BÜFA employees will give you initial insights into your new world of work which saves you having to jump into the deep end by yourself.

Your Tasks and Activities

During your 3½-year apprenticeship at BÜFA, you will receive the complete know-how that a Chemical Laboratory Technician must have.

  • How to operate laboratory equipment and devices.
  • How to handle the most different substances.
  • How to thoroughly document work you have carried out.

The Course of Your Vocational Training

The contents of your vocational education at BÜFA will vary from site to site.

At Covestro Oldenburg and BÜFA Composite Systems you will mainly be dealing with polymers while at BÜFA Reinigungssysteme work is traditionally in wet chemistry. You will mainly be employed at one site but will also get to know the other laboratories maintained by the BÜFA Group. All Chemical Laboratory Technician apprentices will take part together in supra-company instruction at the Carl-von-Ossietzky University.

Important here is that the principle "learning by doing" applies. You will be given responsibility right from the beginning. But working independently at BÜFA does not mean that you have to complete your tasks all by yourself. Just the opposite: If you have a question, you can always ask one of your colleagues.

Soft Skills and Prerequisites

A prerequisite for this apprenticeship is at least a secondary school certificate as well as good grades in chemistry, physics and mathematics. In addition, you should also have the following soft skills:

Ability to express yourself well (in writing/orally)

  • Good spelling proficiency
  • Numeracy skills and computer literacy
  • Foreign language skills
  • Capacity for teamwork and willingness to learn

You can get your vocational education as a Chemical Laboratory Technician at the following sites – however, your application must be made centrally.

Vocational school classes are held at the BBS 3 in Maastrichter Straße. In the 1st year of schooling you will attend classes two days a week. In the 2nd, 3rd and 4th year, attendance is just once a week. 

Your Post-Training Prospects

If you pass your final exam with a score of 3 or better, you will normally be offered an employment contract for at least 6 months. However, even before this, all apprentices can apply for internal vacancies. And if you have then found the job of your dreams, that’s when things really get going –  BÜFA offers their employees numerous and very individual opportunities to further their qualifications  and education. From extra-occupational studies all the way to specialisation in a certain subject area, anything is possible ... because our employees are the real capital and heart of our company.

The deadline for applications for the year of training begins in the respective summer holidays and ends on October 31st of the prior year. The selection process takes place after this date.