Bachelor of Engineering (DH) Industrial engineering (f/m)

Roles and responsibilities in overview

Due to their versatile training, industrial engineers gain the skills to manage an organisation as a whole, to complete responsible tasks or coordinate processes that may bring about problems and issues at the point where the technical and commercial sides of the business cross over.

Four different specialisations are open to those taking the industrial engineering degree course:

The industrial engineer specialising in "International technical sales management" acts as the connection between the organisation and the market and the customer. The role engages the interest of and wins over potential customers for the organisation's technical products and services. In the role of sales representative, he or she caters to the special needs and requirements of the customer.

The "International production and logistics" specialisation provides key inter-disciplinary competences to meet the requirements of international production and logistics. This will involve technical and commercial expertise as well as methodical, language, social and inter-cultural skills. This is important in particular for interdisciplinary tasks in the areas of technology, organisation and management that play a central role in the effectiveness of processes in production and logistics.

Industrial engineers specialising in "Innovation and product management" may play a crucial role in the success of a new product. They are involved both in the development of new products and in their launch on new markets. Typical roles include in innovation management, product management, technical management, project management, sales, marketing or quality management.

"International technical project management"
is the fourth specialisation. This specialisation offers inter-disciplinary training that provides an introduction to engineering fundamentals and selected applications in the areas of manufacturing systems, electrical installations and information technology. Students also gain a good grounding in finance and accounting, controlling, marketing, project management, etc.


  • General qualification for university entrance

Training content, practical phase

  • Basic metalworking and electrical training
  • Production processes
  • Quality assurance
  • Testing and development
  • Materials planning centre and technical scheduling
  • Sales
  • Production process planning
  • Additional on-the-job tuition

Training content, study phase

  • Fundamentals of manufacturing systems
  • Fundamentals of electrical installations
  • Fundamentals of information technology
  • Fundamentals of business administration
  • Technical English
  • Mathematics
  • Technical physics
  • Project management
  • Law
  • Quality management

Length of apprenticeship

  • 3 years

Alternating semesters

  • The six study semesters are split into theoretical and practical training phases, study at the Duale Hochschule Mosbach (Mosbach University for dual study) – partly at the Bad Mergentheim campus – and practical training at ZIEHL-ABEGG SE, each lasting 12 weeks

Future roles

  • Project engineering
  • Application engineering
  • Technical sales
  • Technical procurement
  • Production planning and management

Further training opportunities (in-service)

  • Assessor aptitude test
  • Specialist courses and workshops

Further information