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Verfahrensmechaniker/in in der Steine- und Erdenindustrie - Process mechanic in the stone and earth industry

Country: Germany
Type of training: Work-linked training
High School Leaving Certificate: Technical Baccalaureate
Training duration: Anytime

In the game "scissors, stone, paper" you don't care whether you play with or without a well - you always choose the stone, one way or another. You don't do it for tactical reasons, but simply because you are very interested in this raw material. If you are still skilled in your craft now, the training as a process mechanic in the stone and earth industry is exactly what you need! In three years you will learn how to extract, mine and transport mineral raw materials. In short: You make construction materials for roads and buildings. Paper beats stone? Rather not: As a mechanic in the stone and earth industry, you beat them all.

How does training as a process mechanic in the stone and earth industry work?

Whether it's asphalt, plaster, fibrous cement, sandstone or porous concrete, your training will enable you to learn about the most diverse building materials and soon produce them yourself. But where do these raw materials come from? How do you earn them? And which machines are used for this purpose?

You will find answers both theoretically and practically during the first two years of training. Because you have chosen one of the professions in the classical dual training, you spend your time as an azubi not only in the training company, but also in the vocational school.

In the first two years, the school bench will give you an insight into occupational safety, environmental protection and the responsible use of energy. In the teaching of the training workshops, you will soon be able to distinguish between dry and wet processing and explain the basics of control and electrical technology. And because raw materials also have to be processed, crafts such as drilling, sawing and handling of goats are on the schedule.

During the practical phases of the operation, the heavy artillery is deployed in the quarry or on construction sites - from the excavator to the dump truck, which can handle up to 450 tonnes of raw materials at a time. In the first year of training you sit down, and later on you are behind the wheel.

Concrete mixer soon to the centimetre and pour, for example, large concrete elements from a casting into precast concrete panels. The subsequent surface treatment with water pressure is also one of your welding tasks. You will also be responsible for repairing small components and large machines. You may be required to mount tyres on the tipper that are three heads larger than you are.

In the laboratory, you take samples of fresh concrete: You shape it and leave it in water for several weeks. This way you can gradually assess its quality. Small samples of finer building materials are properly examined and checked for quality in high-tech facilities. You will evaluate them using state-of-the-art software.

The third year of training makes you an expert in one of six special fields. You can choose between the fields of building materials, transport concrete, gypsum or fibrous cement boards, lime stone or porous concrete, prefabricated concrete products and asphalt technology.

In the building materials sector, you work on extraction plants to produce cement, lime or plaster. One of your tasks in the transport concrete sector is to mix concrete and transport it to the respective construction site. For the production of interior walls and ceilings, you are responsible for the azubi in the direction of the plasterboard or fibre cement section. Bricks and finished parts are produced by you in the field of lime bricks or porous concrete. Precast concrete products include pipes, slabs and even precast garages in the same field. Specialist in asphalt technology, crushing, mixing and grinding sand, gravel and chippings for road construction.

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