Bachelor of Engineering (DH) Manufacturing Systems (f/m)

Roles and responsibilities in overview

Mechanical engineers develop, calculate, design and build all types of machines and systems for extremely varied applications. This includes not only machines in the narrow sense, but also machine tools, complex production systems or processing machines. For example, depending on the particular focus the role could cover agricultural machinery, rail vehicles, environmental technology or precision engineering products.

Depending on their professional specialisation mechanical engineers are involved in development, quality assurance and testing, in calculation, design and production. They will also take a managerial role in production, assembly and maintenance, work in technical sales, in applications in customer service or the management of industrial companies. They could also work as a freelance consulting engineer for a public body.

In addition to keeping abreast of the latest scientific and technical developments, mechanical engineers must also take account of commercial considerations, statutory requirements, health and safety regulations and environmental aspects when fulfilling their role.

Mechanical engineers primarily work in the machine and system construction industry and for engineering consultancies. They also work in servicing, maintenance repair departments for manufacturing and production operations in extremely varied sectors as well as for public sector bodies.

In addition to office-based activities, e.g. in design offices, they coordinate and monitor work and manufacturing processes in workshops and production halls or carry out tests on materials and function tests in test laboratories or on test benches.

They may also have a role in customer service, in installation supervision and in technical applications consulting as part of a field service at different sites.


  • General qualification for university entrance
  • Preferably advanced course in mathematics and/or physics and/or technology

Training content, practical phase

  • Basic metalworking and electrical training
  • Production process and CNC technology
  • Quality assurance
  • Design office
  • Testing and development
  • Materials planning centre and technical scheduling
  • Additional on-the-job tuition

Training content, study phase

  • Design
  • Engineering design
  • Technical mechanics
  • Mechanics of materials
  • Mathematics
  • Production engineering

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) and practical training at ZIEHL-ABEGG SE, each lasting 12 weeks

Future roles

  • Development
  • Testing & metrology
  • Project engineering
  • Application engineering
  • Technical sales
  • Technical procurement

Further training opportunities (in-service)

  • Assessor aptitude test
  • Specialist courses and workshops

Further information