You can only study manufacturing technology for the vocational school at RWTH Aachen University, in combination with machine technology for the vocational school. This course of study combination with both machine technology and manufacturing technology encompasses a broadly laid out basic education in engineering, mathematics, the natural sciences, the systems sciences, and manufacturing technology. Building on this foundation, studies in machine and manufacturing technologies will be intensified. In an elective area, additional specialized manufacturing-technical content may be studied, for example Introduction to Laser Applications, Coating Technology, Process Analysis in Manufacturing Engineering, NC Programming of Machine Tools, or Introduction to Optical Systems for Production.

Programme Structure

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 lasting 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.

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 manufacturing and machine technology have good employment opportunities in public teaching service.

Teachers of manufacturing technology at a vocational school teach apprentices for careers including industrial mechanics, manufacturing technology, plant mechanics, metal construction, cutting machine operation, and toolmakers.

A further field of occupation are fulltime training courses and further training (technician, master) such as the state certified assistant for machine tool technology, technicians in machine technology with a focus on plant mechanics, or industrial masters with a focus on metal.

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