Structure of the professional training as a physical laboratory technician
Since 2000, Fraunhofer IOF has been training committed young people to become physical laboratory technicians, thus enabling them to embark on a professional career in science.
Structure of the training
During the 3.5-year training (which can also be shortened to 3 years under certain conditions), trainees rotate through three different areas of training.
The dual education system for physical laboratory scientists generally consists of two core elements:
- On the one hand, the trainees gain excellent practical experience during their training at our institute and
- on the other hand, they receive professional education in an intensive course at their professional school.
Fraunhofer IOF is strongly committed to its trainees and enables them to attend an external educational center in Jena in addition to the two core elements. The trainees receive additional valuable basic vocational training there. Fraunhofer IOF has been working successfully with this external training center for many years.
What is special about the training at Fraunhofer IOF
The high-quality training at our institute offers the future physical laboratory technicians experience in dealing with state-of-the-art measurement methods, innovative technology, the working methods in research as well as the special opportunity to rotate through all departments at Fraunhofer IOF during their training and to work on projects. Thus, our future physical laboratory technicians become real all-rounders in the laboratories and can work everywhere.
It is particularly worth mentioning that our trainees can choose one of our specialist departments in which to complete their last six months of training. This time is intended to serve as intensive preparation for their final examination, which takes place at our institute. They get to know their chosen department more intensively, work independently on equipment and measurement technology, and contribute their acquired knowledge and skills to various project teams. This gives the trainees the opportunity to test how much they enjoy these tasks and whether they can imagine working in their chosen department in the long term after their training.
We are particularly pleased that the majority of our trained physical laboratory technicians remain with our institute after successfully completing their training and we can continue to work together on exciting tasks.