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Chemical technician (m/f/d)

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Chemical technicians: ensuring smooth production processes in the chemical industry

Hygiene, safety and environmental protection: chemical technicians ensure smooth and safe production processes in the chemical industry. They adjust measuring and control devices and maintain pipelines, centrifuges and reaction vessels.

Which opportunities do chemical technicians have on the labour market?

Chemical technicians mainly work in the chemical industry to produce chemical raw materials, fertilisers, plastics, detergents or chemical fibres. Other fields of work include mineral oil processing and the pharmaceutical industry, where they deal with the production of basic pharmaceutical products. Chemical technicians also work for manufacturers of paints and coatings or in the plastics industry dealing with the production of plates, sheets or tubes. The job prospects are good since chemical products from Germany are in demand worldwide. With further training as a technical business administrator or an industrial foreman, or with a degree in chemical engineering, chemical technicians have an even broader range of opportunities.

What are the tasks and responsibilities of chemical technicians?

Whether they control and monitor machines or analyse product samples in the laboratory – chemical technicians face a broad range of tasks every day, including numerous work steps:

  • Measuring and filling of commodities in the production plants
  • Continuous control of the production process
  • Temperature control or distillation of starting materials
  • Regular taking of samples
  • Review of the measured data
  • Logging of the production process
  • Inspection of the product quality
  • Monitoring the packaging of products
  • Environmentally friendly waste disposal
  • Maintenance of the plants
  • Process engineering

Which hard skills and soft skills should chemical technicians have?

Chemical technicians must ensure that the machines run without any technical problems and that each plant is maintained in the best possible way. Besides, a great deal of accuracy is required in the laboratory. They need to know exactly what they are doing and must always proceed in a careful manner.

During their training, chemical technicians acquire the necessary technical and chemical knowledge.

  • Experience in the operation of machines
  • Quality management skills
  • Experience in handling chemicals
  • Knowledge of chemical technology
  • Knowledge of electrical engineering and control technology
  • Safety
  • Familiarity with occupational health and safety regulations

As soft skills, you need the following to exercise the profession.

  • The ability to concentrate
  • A high sense of responsibility
  • Resilience
  • Reliability

What is the average salary of chemical technicians?

The total duration of the training to become a chemical technician is 3.5 years. Depending on the year of their apprenticeship, they will earn between EUR 874 (year 1) and EUR 1,054 (year 4). When they have completed their training, they will receive a starting salary of about EUR 2,200 per month. In the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, the monthly gross salary is between EUR 2,500 and EUR 3,100. With increasing professional experience, the salary increases as well: 45-year-old chemical technicians receive a monthly gross salary of about EUR 3,989. Besides, it is often necessary to work in shifts in this industry. Shift work may increase the monthly salary by a further EUR 1,000.

Find your ideal job as a chemical technician – with Hays

Extensive knowledge of technology and chemistry, the willingness to work shifts and a strong sense of duty – chemical technicians deserve an appropriate salary. Our aim is to enable specialists to make the best possible use of their qualifications. Therefore, we offer jobs throughout Germany. Learn more about the benefits of finding a job with Hays!

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