IHK Summer Academy visits Max Planck

August 18, 2014

How rigid is the Duesseldorf Carnival Medal? Can it cope with coins from all over the world? How can you form metal? And what in the world has all of that to do with the apprenticeship of a material tester at the Max-Planck Institut für Eisenforschung in Duesseldorf?

Participants of the Duesseldorf Chamber of Commerce and Industry Summer Academy were looking to answer exactly those questions while visiting
the Max-Planck Institute für Eisenforschung in Duesseldorf. The material testers to be here at the institute showed pupils their wide range of tasks and challenges. Traction engines, dilatometers and even the 3D-Atomic Probe all came to play. The apprentices explained how to test coins regarding their rigidity and why this can be important when developing new steels, for example for the automotive industry. 

The Max-Planck Institut für Eisenforschung offers four recognised occupations requiring formal training:

- Chemical Laboratory Worker

- Technical Software Developer

- Industrial Mechanic with specialisation in precision mechanics

- Material Tester

The Research Coordination Office is happy to answer your questions concering apprenticeship at the MPIE:

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