You can study machine technology at RWTH Aachen University, in combination with a vocational or instructional subject. The Machine Technology course of study encompasses a broadly laid out basic education in engineering, mathematics, the natural sciences, and the systems sciences. The course of study is also composed of a founded training in didactics, for example didactic studies for theoretical reflection on actual work in the field, the basics of curriculum training in industrial-technical fields, and the development and creation of a teaching-learning arrangement. The course of study also includes educational components including an orientation internship at a school. Furthermore, a career field internship of four weeks must be completed. This can be recognized as a co-op. In order to be admitted to student teaching, students must have completed 52 weeks of field training.

Programme Structure

Training for vocational school teachers includes studying two subjects. In course of study Model I, both subjects are equally studied. In course of study Model II, one of the subjects is studied in a broader scope.

The subject Machine Technology is a vocational subject and offers the following combination possibilities:

1. In course of study Model I:

  • Balanced combination of the instructional subjects: biology, chemistry, German, English, Catholic religious education, math, physics, and economics/political science. A combination with “political science” is not possible.
  • Balanced combination with the vocational subjects: electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, textile technology, and economics.

2. In course of study Model II:

  • Unequally balanced combination with the following small vocational subjects: automotive technology, manufacturing technology, and supply technology.

Combination Recommendation: We recommend combining Machine Technology with one of the small vocational specializations: automotive technology, manufacturing technology, or supply technology.

Entry Requirement

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB
  • Proficiency in German

Career Prospects

With the Bachelor degree, students are qualified for work in the following fields:

  • Human resources development, vocational further training and education, vocational continuing education
  • In institutions and associations for professional education and further development (professional associations or chambers)
  • Professional education institutions and institutions for professional rehabilitation
  • Development of teaching and learning media

The Master of Education qualifies an individual to enter teacher training for vocational schools during the teaching practice period and to become a teacher afterwards. Students who study machine technology have good employment opportunities in public teaching service.

Teachers of machine technology at a vocational school teach apprentices for careers including plant mechanics, precision machinists, industrial mechanics, metal constructors, cutting machine operators, and toolmakers. A further field of occupation are fulltime training courses (assistant) and further training (technician, master) such as the state certified technician machine technology assistant, technicians in machine technology with a specialization in plant mechanics, or industrial masters with a focus on metal.

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