Cooperative Study Electrical Installations (f/m)

Cooperative study model

You would like to study, but you would like to understand the practice too? You can do both:
The cooperative study model combines the Electronics Technician for Units and Systems apprenticeship (IHK) with the normal undergraduate course in electrical installations so that you don't have to decide between an apprenticeship or study.
Initially, you learn a trade in practice and then extend your theoretical knowledge while studying at Heilbronn University, Künzelsau Campus. When you are not at lectures you will use this theory in your day-to-day work. In return you will receive an attractive allowance, including while you are studying.
By following these two strands, in less than five years you will have acquired a double qualification, making you ideally suited, both from a theoretical and practical point of view, to a role as an engineer.

Roles and responsibilities in overview

As a Bachelor of Science Electrical Installations you will resolve technical problems and issues related to practice in electrical installations using appropriate procedures and in the most cost-effective way possible. You will normally specialise in a technical area of electrical installations/electronics. Four main areas are available to choose from:

  • Information technology
  • Electrical energy technology
  • Metrology, control engineering and automation
  • Microelectronics and microsystems technology

Typical roles for electrical installations engineers (f/m) are:

  • Research and development: Simulating, calculating, designing and testing new electrical/electronics assembly parts, units, machines, installations and systems
  • Process technology: Product manufacturing processes, creating test systems, assembly, commissioning, maintenance and operating electrical installations and systems
  • Sales/product management: Technical customer service and support, identifying trends in technology and implementing these with the administrative departments
  • Purchasing: Technical procurement, interface to the development team and production areas
  • Operations scheduling and quality assurance, business organisation and management
  • Further training

Your role also encompasses the application and further development of engineering skills, taking into account commercial considerations on the one hand and statutory and safety regulations and standards on the other.

The role is predominantly based in research and development laboratories, design offices and other office environments, but also on the production or manufacturing floor.


  • General or specific qualification for university entrance or advanced technical college entrance qualification
  • Good to very good grades in mathematics, physics and/or science
  • Good English skills

Training content, apprenticeship

You can find information on the training content under the "Electronics Technician for Units and Systems (f/m)" apprenticeship

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Training content, study phase

  • Electronic switchgear design
  • Laboratory practical
  • Computer-controlled product development
  • IT and software development
  • Mechanical design, CAD
  • Drive technology
  • Energy and environmental technology
  • Communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Foreign languages
  • Specialisation: Control and drive systems or mechatronics

Length of apprenticeship

  • 4 1/2 years

Alternating semesters

  • 18.5 months apprenticeship
  • 1 semester (total 4 months) basic study
  • 2.5 months apprenticeship, completion of Electronics Technician for Units and Systems apprenticeship (IHK)
  • 1 semester (total 4.5 months) basic study
  • 4 semesters main study period with practical phases when not at lectures
  • Dissertation during the final study semester

Future roles

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

Further training opportunities (in-service)

  • Assessor aptitude test
  • Specialist courses and workshops