Chemical laboratory technician (m/f/d)


The Profession

A chemical laboratory technician works in close cooperation with scientists, doctors and engineers in research, development and company laboratories in industry as well as at universities and research institutes. Chemical laboratory technicians carry out analyses, syntheses, quality controls and metrological work independently. They plan their work processes in the laboratory and evaluate the results. Independence, compliance with work safety regulations, rules and regulations on health protection, environmental protection and quality assurance are important qualities for a chemical laboratory technician.

The vocational school is located in Oldenburg. The apprenticeship to become a chemical laboratory technician takes 3.5 years. The apprenticeship period can be shortened to three years if you perform particularly well. If you are also motivated after the apprenticeship and successfully complete it, we will foster and support you in your future career. During your apprenticeship, you will be paid a gross apprenticeship salary of around EUR 1,100.


We expect you to have good grades in mathematics, chemistry and physics with a high school diploma or a good secondary school diploma. We assume that you are interested in mathematical, chemical and physical contexts. Do you have a logical understanding and the ability to solve abstract problems? Then this is the right place for you.

Apprenticeship course

  • Dealing with working materials
  • Chemical and physical methods
  • Sampling and sample preparation
  • Physical quantities and material constants
  • Analysis procedure
  • Separating and combining working materials
  • Qualitative analysis  
  • Spectroscopy
  • Dimensional analysis
  • Evaluating measurement results
  • Making preparations
  • Separating and cleaning substances
  • Characterising products
  • Dimensional analysis
  • Chromatography
  • Making preparations
  • Separating and cleaning substances
  • Characterising products
  • Technical services and operations 

Practical and theoretical final examination 1

  • Preparing samples
  • Spectroscopy
  • Dimensional analysis
  • Chromatography
  • Preparative chemistry, reaction types and conduct
  • Preparative chemistry, synthesis methods
  • Conducting process engineering work
  • Applying sampling and analytical procedures
  • Applying chromatographic and spectroscopic methods
  • Analytical coupling methods
  • Determining thermodynamic quantities
  • Performing microbiological, immunological, biochemical, biotechnological, genetic, molecular biological, cell culture, diagnostic and colourimetric work 
  • Testing materials
  • Manufacturing, applying and test coating materials and systems
  • Process-related working methods
  • Laboratory-related information technology
  • Working with automated systems in the laboratory
  • Carrying out technical applications, electrotechnical and electronic work
  • Quality management
  • Environmental working methods
  • Formulating, producing and testing binders
  • Examining coatings

Practical and theoretical final examination 2

  • Vocational training, employment and collective bargaining law
  • Structure and organisation of the company
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Environmental protection
  • Work planning, working in a team
  • Use of foreign languages in specialised tasks