Adhesive Bonding Technologist


Eight week course for decision-makers

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In order to realise competitive advantages from the advantages of adhesive bonding technology also in industrial practice, it requires professional application by qualified personnel. Experts must know and understand the special features of bonding technology.

Fraunhofer IFAM offers the eight-week course »Adhesive Bonding Technologist« based on the European Adhesive Engineer course, which trains participants to think, act and decide responsibly in an interdisciplinary manner and to take into account requirements from the entire product life cycle.

Course dates

Detailed Information


302 hours (three sections, two of which are conducted onsite in the course rooms of Fraunhofer IFAM (Bremen, Germany) and one is carried out as remote web based training)

Course fees

The current course fees are shown by clicking a course under »Dates and registration«.

Dates and registration

Course language:

The further training »DVS Adhesive Bonding Technologist« takes place as part of the further training for »DVS-EWF Adhesive Engineer«. Therefore, please simply register for one of the dates for the "DVS-EWF-Adhesive Engineer".

You will find the dates on our DVS-EWF-Adhesive-Engineer website.

Course language:

Wenn Sie diesen Kurs in englischer Sprache buchen möchten, dann besuchen Sie bitte unsere European Adhesive Engineer Webpage.

Course content

Fundamentals of adhesive bonding technology; Bonding properties of the substrate materials; Adhesives, bonding mechanisms, and application properties; Analysis of adhesives and surfaces; Adhesion; Surface treatment; Manufacturing technology; Joining techniques; Design of bonded joints; Quality management, test methods, and ageing; Health & safety at work and environmental protection

Preconditions for taking the course

For admission to the DVS examination, the following minimum requirements apply in addition to successful participation in the DVS Adhesive Bonding Technologist course:

  • Passed final examination at DQR level 4 (e.g. Abitur, completed vocational training) and successfully passed the DVS-EWF-Adhesive Bonding Specialist examination


  • Passed final examination at DQR level 6 (e.g. technician, master craftsman)


  • Passed final examination at DQR level 4 (e.g. Abitur) and 5 years of professional experience in adhesive bonding technology with a (supervisory) management function


The course ends with examinations (practical, written, oral). A prerequisite for taking the examinations is regular attendance at the course sessions.

Certification and accreditation



According to DVS® 3304 guideline --- course is recognised according to DIN 2304, DIN 6701 and TL A-0023.


Rail vehicle manufacture, automotive, machinery and plant construction, transport, wind energy, and many others

Fundamentals of adhesive bonding technology

This course module covers fundamental aspects of bonding technology. This includes knowledge about primary and secondary structures of polymers and other materials.

Bonding properties of the substrate materials

This module covers the bonding properties (bulk and surface) of metals, plastics, fiber reinforced plastics, and glass substrates. This is a key aspect for understanding the necessity for and effects of material-specific surface treatments.

Adhesives, bonding mechanisms, and application properties

The processing characteristics and curing mechanisms of different types of adhesives and their properties in the solid state are key topics here. The composition and formulation of adhesives are also covered. This module closes with a practical session to consolidate the theoretical knowledge that has been learned.

Analysis of adhesives and surfaces

This course module discusses commonly used techniques for analyzing adhesives in the liquid and cured states and for monitoring the curing process. Also covered are methods for characterizing material surfaces. This includes the following analytical methods:

• Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)

• Thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA)

• Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA)

• Thermomechanical analysis (TMA)

• Infrared spectroscopy (IR)

• Liquid, gas, and gel permeation chromatography

• Electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA)

• Auger electron spectroscopy (AES)

• Scanning probe microscopy (SPM)

• Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)


In this module the participants are given detailed insight into adhesion. Aspects of current adhesion research are also covered. The understanding of the fundamental forces and principles, which are the basis of bonding technology but which also set limitations, is used for critical appraisal of many established models, proposals, and processes. Practical assignments consolidate the theoretical knowledge.

Surface treatment

This module covers the specialized cleaning of different surfaces as well as the effectiveness and areas of application of material-specific pretreatment and post-treatment techniques.

Manufacturing technology

This course module covers the rheological behavior of adhesives as well as application and curing techniques. This includes the construction and performance of the individual components of manual, semi-automatic, and fully automatic equipment..

Joining techniques

An important aspect of the European Adhesive Engineer course is knowledge about other joining techniques that are used in combination with adhesive bonding. This module covers welding, clinching, punch riveting, and blind riveting. The aim is to identify synergies when these techniques are combined with bonding, thereby opening up new applications for which the individual techniques alone would be inadequate.

Design of bonded joints

The advanced development of design and calculation methods for bonded joints is currently a key area of research. These aspects are hence an integral part of the European Adhesive Engineer course. This course gives an insight into the fundamental analytical and numerical models that are used and describes their practical relevance. Using specific examples from industry, the procedure for solving a variety of design/constructional tasks is explained and practiced. Attention is also focused on matters relating to the evaluation of bonded joint design and the consideration of knock down factors.
In the further training to become a Adhesive Bondering Technologist, the topic of design is only relevant to the examination at EAS level.

Quality management, test methods (destructive and non-destructive), and ageing

To supplement a general quality management system, the course provides an adhesive bonding perspective on QM. The entire process chain, from the conception stage right through to the end of the service life of the product, is considered from a quality assurance perspective. The focus is also put on non-destructive test methods and the ageing of bonded joints.

Health and safety at work and environmental protection

The area of responsibility of an EAE also involves participation in decision-making on matters relating to work safety and environmental protection. The course therefore covers relevant health and environmental aspects of working with adhesives, statutory regulations, and effect protective measures for users.

This course is aimed at interested persons and participants from all disciplines and sectors who already use adhesive bonding technology or intend to use it in the future and who do not fulfil the participation requirements for an adhesive bonding engineer. The further training to become an adhesive bonding technologist makes it possible to nevertheless take on the adhesive bonding decision-making function.

With successful participation in the course, the course participants acquire the title DVS® Adhesive Bonding Technologist. This qualifies them to take over the tasks and powers of the responsible bonding supervisor (according to DIN 6701, DIN 2304, TL A-0023 or DVS® 3310 and 3311 guidelines) in a company. The participants are qualified to supervise all bonding-related matters from product development to production and repair. The learning objectives of the course that are relevant for the examination are the same as those of the Adhesive Bonding Engineer course with one exception: Only the topic complex of design and construction is relevant for the examination at the level of an adhesive bonding specialist. The further training DVS Adhesive Bonding Technologist fulfils the requirements of DIN EN ISO 9001 for specially qualified personnel for the responsible supervision of »special processes«.