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The cement industry provides excellent job opportunities for young engineers or scientists. Training schemes introduce these new employees to cement technology, taking their different professional backgrounds into account.

Learning outcomes

  • Compact knowledge with respect to all crucial aspects of cement manufacturing technology
  • Fundamental knowledge regarding the chemistry and mineralogy of clinker and cement
  • Familiarity with requirements on cement and cement compounds as well as cement performance in mortar and concrete
  • Familiarity with the possible ways to reduce the environmental impact of cement manufacturing

Target group

  • Recently recruited young engineers
  • Skilled specialists at the beginning of their professional career in the cement industry
  • Newcomers in the cement industry


Raw material handling

Clinker production

  • Main components of the rotary kiln plant
  • Raw materials and fuels
  • Burnings conditions and their impact on clinker performance

Cement production

  • Raw material and cement grinding
  • Common grinding systems
  • Particle size distribution and product qualities

Chemistry and mineralogy

  • Clinker formation reactions and clinker phases
  • Hydration of cement
  • Blended cements

Concrete technology

  • Mortar and concrete characteristics
  • Exposure classes of concrete
  • Role of admixtures in modern concrete production

Environmental issues

  • Energy consumption
  • Emissions / emission abatement

Product quality assurance

  • Quality control systems
  • Cement standards
  • Physical and chemical testing of cement

Plant visit


  • Classroom training:
    Morning sessions from 08:30 till 12:00
    Afternoon sessions from 13:00 till 16:30
  • Group discussion and experience exchange
  • Plant visit


The training course is led by experienced engineers and highly specialised researchers.


Upon successful completion of the training course the participants will receive a certificate of attendance.

How to find VDZ

Toulouser Allee 71
40476 Düsseldorf

From DUS Airport

6 minutes
from Düsseldorf airport take the S1 in the direction of Solingen;
from Düsseldorf Airport Terminal with the S11 towards Bergisch Gladbach;
in each case as far as the Düsseldorf-Derendorf stop

12 minutes
by taxi

From Central Station

6 minutes
take the S 1 in the direction of Duisburg or Dortmund;
with the S 6 in the direction of Essen;
with the S 11 in the direction of Düsseldorf Airport Terminal;
in each case as far as the Düsseldorf-Derendorf stop

15 minutes
by taxi

Arrival by car

Please note: The only reasonable way to reach us by car is from the north via the B1 (Heinrich-Erhardt-Straße). From there, you can turn towards the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf (HSD) into Toulouser Allee and follow this street for about 500 m until you reach the entrance to the new VDZ building (Toulouser Allee 71, 40476 Düsseldorf) on the south side of the building.

Are you interested in the training programme?

Register for the event now.

2.500,- € per participant


„Crash Course for Young Engineers“
07.12. - 11.12.2020

2.500,- €

Person to contact

Do you have questions regarding this course?

Julia Volchkova

+49-211-45 78-402

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