Young professionals

Engineering traineeship Hoboken

About the traineeship

Holders of a technical Bachelor’s or Master’s degree are eligible for a traineeship at Umicore Precious Metals Refining. Trainees enrol in an 18-month program, giving you the opportunity to get to know the Hoboken site on different levels. At the end of your traineeship we will decide together where you can be most useful within our organisation. The two key objectives are:

  • building a valuable network both within the production services and with your colleagues from the technical support services in Hoboken

  • getting to know the production services and installations inside and out

What will you be doing

Consider it a combination of working and learning. The first 18 months you are enrolled in a trainee program requiring you to deliver a project every 3 months. Trainees from chemical areas of study are usually assigned to projects in the production services. Trainees with an electromechanical background or architecture, for instance, usually end up in maintenance or technology.

Trainees alternately work on a project one week and take a week of formal training the next e.g. leadership training, Hoboken’s flow sheet, Umicore technology, etc. In addition to your network inside Hoboken this means you will also be part of a great community of fellow trainees.

Human Resources will assign a Young Talent Manager to ensure the necessary follow-up. This person will act as your contact as well your coach throughout the program.

What are we offering

Engineering trainee in Technology and Maintenance

Holders of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Electromechanics or Architecture can join Umicore as a Trainee in our Technology and Maintenance department.

You will learn all about planning and work preparation and you’ll be initiated in the design, project preparation and implementation of our installations. Through training and your work as part of the team on the shop floor you will hone your practical skills as a versatile technician and become a work planner, maintenance coach, draughtsman/designer, ...

Engineering trainee in Operations

Trainees with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Chemistry or Process Chemistry work in our Operations department.
You build experience in our production departments by working in several teams. You learn how to implement different technologies for the recycling of precious metals, you get to know the workings of a production department and build a strong network. In addition, you will be trained in different areas such as environment, health and safety, HRM, logistics... After your traineeship you can work as a team coach or as process/production employee.

What’s next

The program starts in September 2021 but don’t wait too long because the number of places is limited. We are looking to recruit 3 new colleagues for every vacancy.


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