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Partnerships and work-study courses

General information:

Companies and universities work together in the form of partnerships. The practical (company) and theoretical (university) elements of this course type are of equal value and importance. In the work-study system, each term involves an approx. 1.5 to 3-month study phase and a practical phase of the same duration. Within the scope of the cooperative degree, the students complete the multi-week practical phase during the non-lecture period.
The work-study course takes 3 years, the partnershipcourse 3.5 years. Once they have completed their studies, the graduates have the necessary theoretical knowledge for their area of expertise, as well as basic and advanced practical professional experience and important key qualifications that cannot be acquired in this specific form in any other course.

Advantages of partnershipand work-study courses:

Thanks to the concept of switching between theory and practice phases, partnershipand work-study courses are characterised by excellent practical relevance. The practical side is not an ‘unknown quantity’ for students as it is an integral part of their course from the outset. By taking personal responsibility for projects within the company, they enhance their understanding of professional requirements even during their training. In addition to specialist expertise, the students also acquire important skills such as decision-making and social and teamwork skills. Seminar-like courses with a maximum of 30 participants make it possible to provide students with intensive, personal support and encourage the success of their studies. Throughout their courses, the students receive a monthly training allowance from their company. This enables them to concentrate fully on their studies, usually without having to rely on part-time jobs.


Partnerships and work-study courses

Bachelor of Arts in Business Information Technology


Business IT specialists plan and develop business information and communication systems in line with analyses of the internal organisational structures.

Typical activities:

Where business administration and information technology come together, business IT specialists research a company’s structures and workflows. They analyse the existing IT systems in terms of their effectiveness, security and efficiency. They check whether these can be modified to meet the latest requirements. If this is not possible, they adapt standard software to the current needs or design new programs. Before a software solution can be presented to the company management or the customer, business IT specialists hold in-depth planning meetings and consultations with their client and IT specialists. They work with future users to test new or modified programs by carrying out typical tasks that arise during actual business usage. Once a system has been approved, they coordinate the programming, integration, support and maintenance of the new software. Business IT specialists also construct databases and create web-based information and knowledge management systems. They optimise internal information and communication processes and take on data management and archiving tasks.


Subject-specific secondary school leaving certificate (IT/business college) or general secondary school leaving certificate with good grades in Mathematics, German and English as a minimum, plus excellent IT skills.

Course duration: 6–7 terms


Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering


Mechanical engineering deals with the design and manufacture of all types of machines and systems. The engineers develop, build and operate both individual, simple elements and highly complex systems such as production lines and entire factories. Mechanical engineering combines basic research with the development and application of the latest production techniques.

Typical activities:

Within the field of production engineering, production engineers are involved with production technology (production methods) and control (process development). Further areas of responsibility include maintenance as well as operational factory and production planning. Typical positions include: workshop manager, production technology specialist and maintenance and operations planning engineer.

Within the field of design and development, mechanical engineering graduates can work in all of a company’s design- and testing-related areas as part of their first job. This can be within, say, the design department, testing department, development department, project planning, sales or equipment design.


General higher education entry qualification with good grades in Mathematics, Physics and English as well as a pronounced love of technology.

Course duration: 6–7 terms


Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering


Industrial engineers are found wherever technology and management come together. In companies, they are mainly responsible for value creation processes from product development, production and logistics through to marketing and sales, as well as the interdisciplinary areas of controlling and project management.

Typical activities:

  • Planning and managing interrelations between operational processes
  • Designing, selecting, optimising and procuring products, processes and systems
  • System planning
  • Project engineering
  • Controlling
  • Customer service and support, technical management


General secondary school leaving certificate with good grades in Mathematics, Physics and English.

Course duration: 6–7 terms


Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering

Electrical engineers resolve practical technical problems and tasks in the electrical field by using suitable procedures and the most economical methods possible. They generally specialise in a specific sub-area of electrical engineering or electronics. Sub-areas of this kind can be divided into four main groups:

  • Information technology
  • Electrical energy technology
  • Measuring, control and automation technology
  • Micro-electronics and micro-system technology

The field of electrical engineering covers a broad range of activity areas:

  • Research and development: simulation, calculation, design and testing of new electrical engineering and electronic components, devices, machines, equipment and systems
  • Process technology: procedures for manufacturing products, creation of test systems
  • Installation, commissioning, maintenance and operation of electrical equipment and systems
  • Sales and product management: technical customer support, and the identification of trends as well as their implementation in cooperation with specialist departments
  • Purchasing: technical specialised purchasing, interface to the development and production departments
  • Work preparation and quality assurance, operational organisation and company management

The area of responsibilities also includes the use and further development of engineering knowledge, taking not only economic aspects, but also legal and safety-related regulations and standards into consideration.


Subject-specific secondary school leaving certificate (electrical engineering) or general secondary school leaving certificate with good grades in Mathematics, Physics and English. IT skills are advantageous.

Course duration: 6–7 terms

Pre-study internships

Admission requirements for many Bachelor’s degrees include a course-related pre-study internship. The type and duration of the necessary pre-study internship depend on the selected course and the intern’s previous school education and vocational training. Pre-study internships generally have to be completed by the start of the third term.

Hager Group offers commercial and metalworking pre-study internships at several sites. The aspects covered depend on the specific site. The metalworking internship, which takes place in the site-specific training workshop, can cover the following areas:

  • Manual processing of metallic materials (filing, sawing, bending, sculpting, straightening, welding, soldering, forging, hardening, measuring and testing)
  • Machine-based processing of metallic and non-metallic materials (turning, boring, milling, grinding and forming processes)

At the end of the internship, the interns receive a certificate indicating the areas covered.

Interim internships

For many students, interim internships are a great opportunity to combine the theoretical knowledge acquired during a degree with practical expertise and to get a glimpse of potential areas of work for the future. Such internships are also a good opportunity for acquiring soft skills (e.g. problem-solving, teamwork, independence, precision, etc.).

A further advantage is that an interim internship can provide an excellent reference for a later job application, e.g. for the practical study phase or when writing Bachelor’s and Master’s dissertations.

The practical study phase and the final dissertation

Towards the end of a degree (usually from the sixth term onwards), students should take the knowledge they have acquired over the previous terms and put it into practice. This is the purpose of the practical project (officially ‘practical study phase’).
Within the scope of the practical study phase, the students should receive not only an introduction to the relevant occupational field by working in a company, but also stimuli for career-related topics for their dissertation.

In writing their Bachelor’s or Master’s dissertation, students should demonstrate that they are able to address a practice-oriented issue independently by applying practical and academic knowledge and methods.

Hager Group Germany offers opportunities for practical projects and dissertations in several specialist departments at various sites.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our broad range of placements/internships:

+49 68 42 945-1853 (industrial/technical work placements for school pupils)
+49 68 42 945-4833 (other placements/internships and dissertations)
Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to  perspectives@hager.de

Further information about the site-specific placement/internship options can be found under  ‘Sites’.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Further information on cooperative courses can be found at:

Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences
htw saar

Further information on work-study courses can be found at:

ASW Neunkirchen
 DHBW Mannheim
DHBW Karlsruhe
DHBW Mosbach

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