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The steel industry – excellent employers and trainers

The initial vocational training of young men and women retains its high status in the steel industry in Germany. Rapid technical and organisational change has always made great demands on trainer qualification and the quality of training.

Initial vocational training plays a major role in the steel industry.
(Source: Dillinger Hütte)

Despite the continuing restructuring measures, training in the companies exceeds their own needs. Almost 4,620 young men and women are currently receiving vocational training in the steel industry in Germany. The training rate was 5.2 per cent in 2012. The steel industry is also particularly committed to career guidance.

The range of training apprenticeships in the steel industry in Germany is particularly broad compared to other industrial sectors. Vocational training mainly takes place in the following professions:

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  • Chemical laboratory technician
  • Electronics technician for automation technology
  • Electronics technician for industrial engineering
  • Industrial mechanic
  • Design technician
  • Mechatronics technician
  • IT systems electronics technician
  • Process mechanic in the metallurgical and semi-finished products industries
  • Materials tester
  • Toolmaker
  • Cutting machine mechanic
  • Office administrator
  • IT specialist
  • Industrial clerk
  • IT clerk
  • IT systems electronics technician
  • Office communication clerk


Highly qualified personnel are the cornerstone of the steel industry

Highly qualified men and women with interesting and responsible professions are the cornerstone of the steel industry. The up-and-coming generation is made fit for the demands of competition through internal further education measures or international exchange programmes. These steel experts safeguard the industrial location of Germany and are in worldwide demand. Specialisation and qualification is also important for the roughly 6,000 engineers employed in the German steel industry. Work on process, material and product innovations have high priority because of ever-increasing customer demands regarding a company’s products and employees, as well as ever-harsher competition. In order to develop new ideas it is necessary to consider the bigger picture. So it is not surprising that, in addition to men and women from the ‘classic’ steel professions (such as steeltechnicians, metallurgists or machine constructors), steel is also involved in the daily work of geographers, material technicians, IT specialists and physicists. And they are deeply committed to steel.

The steel companies offer varied opportunities for engineers. Completion of a course in the following areas is generally a pre-requisite:

  • Metallurgy & material technology / material engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering or electronics
  • Physics, chemistry, process technology
  • Industrial engineering with business studies
  • IT
  • Mathematics
  • Civil engineering
  • Production technology
  • Safety systems
  • Supply and disposal technology
  • Agricultural sciences
  • Geology
  • Industrial environmental protection
  • Infrastructure management
  • Medicine
  • Logistics