BSH

Technical professions

Chemical laboratory technician

Duration of training

3.5 years

Training locations

  • Practical training
    In the Hamburg-Sülldorf BSH laboratory, with training partner companies, on BSH vessels and other research vessels
  • Theory training
    Berufliche Schule Chemie, Biologie, Pharmazie, Agrarwirtschaft (BS 06) vocational school in Hamburg

Syllabus

Training contents include:

  • Physical-chemical analysis and measuring
  • Preparative chemistry (inorganic/organic)
  • Documentation of procedures
  • Quality assurance, occupational safety and environmental protection
  • Use of advanced information and communication technology

Requirements

Requirements include:

  • Satisfactory school-leaving qualifications, with a focus on chemistry, maths, English and German
  • Deep interest in science
  • Ability to work in a team, openness of mind
  • Reliability, attention to detail

Job prospects

Examples include:

  • Work in industrial research, development and production laboratories (in the chemical, metal, mineral oil or pharmaceutical industries), at universities, in chemical research institutions, in the public service (environmental protection or material testing agencies) and in the (luxury) food industry.
  • With a higher education entrance qualification, you may study e.g. chemistry or food chemistry
  • After qualifying as a laboratory assistant, you may pursue many career paths. Through specialised or advanced training and by gaining professional experience you may qualify as a team leader. Another option is to qualify as a senior chemical technician.

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Bundesagentur für Arbeit BERUFENET
Berufsschule Hamburg

Precision machinist

Duration of training

3.5 years

Training locations

  • Practical training
    Experimental workshop of BSH Hamburg
  • Theory training
    Berufliche Schule Farmsen (BS19) vocational school in Hamburg

Syllabus

Training contents include:

  • Equip and operate machine tools
  • Manufacture, maintain and repair machinery or installations
  • Documentation of procedures
  • Quality assurance, occupational safety and environmental protection
  • Use of advanced information and communication technology

Requirements

Requirements include:

  • Satisfactory school-leaving qualifications, with a focus on German, maths and physics
  • Spatial visualisation ability
  • Ability to work in a team, openness of mind
  • Reliability, attention to detail

Job prospects

Examples include:

  • Work in the industry and skilled trades sectors
  • Study in various fields of engineering
  • Qualify as a master craftsman or technician

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Bundesagentur für Arbeit BERUFENET
Berufsschule Hamburg
Metall Innung

Geomatics technician

Duration of training

3 years

Training locations

  • Practical training
    Rostock and Hamburg BSH offices, traineeship on a survey vessel
  • Theory training
    Staatliche Gewerbeschule Bautechnik (BS08) vocational school in Hamburg, external training at joint vocational education and training centres in Koblenz and Kleinmachnow

Syllabus

Training contents include:

  • Surveying basics
  • Acquisition, processing, visualisation and presentation of data
  • Use of databases
  • Structure, conceptualization and application of geo information systems and geo infrastructure
  • Quality management and customer orientation

Requirements

Examples include:

  • Satisfactory school-leaving qualifications, with a focus on German and maths
  • Excellent marks in engineering, arts, geography and computer science
  • Deep interest in science and geography related topics
  • Ability to work in a team, openness of mind
  • Reliability, attention to detail

Job prospects

Unter anderem:

  • Work in the public service, the industry, or research institutions
  • With a higher education entrance qualification, you may study geomatics/geoinformatics, engineering surveying, or geodesy
  • Advanced vocational training and specialised training financed by the Federal Employment Agency or at your own expense

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Bundesagentur für Arbeit BERUFENET
Berufsschule Hamburg
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kartographie

Ship mechanic

Duration of training

3 years

Training locations

  • Practical training on the BSH’s surveying, wreck finding and research vessels ATAIR, DENEB, and WEGA, and the surveying vessel KOMET; internships of approx. three to four months on cargo vessels on an international voyage
  • Theory training at the Schleswig-Holsteinsche Seemannsschule vocational school in Lübeck-Travemünde

Syllabus

Training contents include:

  • Operation of ships (deck service, engine), watch-keeping
  • Loading and handling equipment
  • Ship’s safety
  • Auxiliary systems engineering, electrical engineering, control engineering, and electronic systems
  • Maintenance of machinery and installations (service, inspection, repair)
  • Metal-working
  • Environmental protection and efficient use of energy and materials
  • German and English communication skills for ship operation
  • Planning and preparation of work; inspection and assessment of work results
  • Use and preparation of technical documentation
  • Identify, choose, and use materials, auxiliary materials, fuels and lubricants
  • Operate and monitor auxiliary systems during engine operation
  • Bridge service and watch-keeping
  • Ropework
  • Unmooring and mooring
  • Preservation and paint work
  • Fire prevention and firefighting, maintenance and handling of fire protection gear, firefighting equipment and installations
  • Measures to be taken before and after the deployment of life-saving equipment, handling and checking life-saving equipment and other rescue gear
  • Emergency measures and casualty care

Requirements

Requirements include:

  • Satisfactory school-leaving qualifications, with a focus on German, maths, physics and English
  • Fitness for shipboard duty
  • Deep interest in hands-on work, e.g. on machinery and other technical equipment; ability to work in a team, openness of mind
  • Reliability, attention to detail
  • Ability to work autonomously and make decisions independently
  • High degree of flexibility and independence (changing places of work, longer periods of absence, no contact with home)

Job prospects

  • Employment as a ship mechanic on seagoing vessels
  • Study or undergo specialised training to qualify e.g. as a nautical watch officer, master of ship, officer in charge of the engineer watch or chief engineer officer
  • Work in international shipping, the public service, or industry

BSH job prospects

  • We seek to permanently employ our apprentices at the end of their successfully completed training as a ship mechanic
  • Permanently employed ship mechanics may qualify as a hydrographic survey technician or coxswain

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Bundesagentur für Arbeit BERUFENET
Berufsschule Hamburg
Berufsbildungsstelle
BSH ships

Additional Information

Contact

General questions

Lydia Böhmke
+49 40 3190-2233

Contact

Questions about apprenticeship as chemical laboratory technician

Christina Wehner
+49 40 3190-3326

Contact

Questions about apprenticeship as precision machinist

Dennis Hauck +49 40 3190-3243

Contact

Questions about apprenticeship as geomatics technician

Ulrike Kalendruschat +49 381 4563-797

Contact

Questions about apprenticeship as ship mechanic

Oliver Schneider +49 40 3190-4310