An affinity for technology and enjoying working with your hands – these are two very important qualities needed for this profession. Furnace and chimney builders have to build fireproof walls to the exact millimetre to protect them against heat and fire so that they can withstand temperatures of up to 1,000°C. You may find yourself working on industrial furnaces, flue gas systems and chimneys at power stations, foundries and steelworks and not only in Germany but in other countries as well. Specialists are needed here who really are experts in their field. The temperatures are often very high inside the buildings and, if the work is outside, you may have to work high above the ground and in all weathers.
During this 3-year apprenticeship to become a furnace and chimney builder, you get to learn all the different tasks needed for this profession. This includes bricklaying, processing refractory concrete and calculating the volumes of materials needed. Other job-related skills that you acquire as part of your course are reading architectural drawings, learning about the different types of equipment and managing stocks.
A good understanding of technology and spatial awareness are just as important for becoming a furnace and chimney builder as is a fundamental interest in skilled manual work. You have a 'Hauptschulabschluss' [school leaving certificate (age 16)] with good grades in Maths and German. A basic knowledge of English is also an advantage. You should be interested in learning new things and able to work independently. What's more, you must be mobile and happy to work at a variety of locations.
Having successfully completed your apprenticeship, there is a whole range of options open to you in this future-oriented industry. If you get good grades in your final exams, then there is a good chance that you will be taken on by this family-run business. There are many different routes that you can take to build on what you learned during your apprenticeship, for example training to become a foreman. But that's not all – you can move further up the career ladder to take on other positions such as site manager.
I'm very happy as an apprentice at SCHLÜSSLER Feuerungsbau GmbH. I've been given the support I need right from the very start. The working atmosphere is great and there are many opportunities to do further training courses here. What's more, the job never gets boring as I have such a wide variety of tasks to do and travel to so many different locations. The best part of my apprenticeship so far has been the construction course at the training centre and the actual construction work at the building sites. If you're thinking of doing this apprenticeship, then I would certainly recommend doing an internship first.
Would you like to train to become a furnace and chimney builder (m/f) at our company? Then simply follow this link to see what vacancies we currently have on offer and send us your application.
Please note that the information given here only refers to our vacancies in Germany.