Automotive Technology B.Sc., Vocational School Teacher
- Bachelor of Science
- School Type:
- Vocational School
- Start of Studies:
- Winter Semester
- Standard Period of Studies:
- 6 semesters
- ECTS Credits:
- 180Mehr Informationen
What does that mean?
ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies. A Bachelor in Teacher Training encompasses 180 ECTS, which are distributed over both subjects, pedagogical studies, and the Bachelor thesis.
Abitur or equivalent HZB
What does that mean?
General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)
Proficiency in German
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What does that mean?
You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.
Admission to First Semester
Admission to Higher Semesters
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RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.
Dates and Deadlines
You can only study automotive 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 automotive technology encompasses a broadly laid out basic education in engineering, mathematics, the natural sciences, the systems sciences, and automotive technology. Building on this foundation, studies in machine and automotive technologies will be intensified. In an elective area, additional specialized manufacturing-automotive content may be studied based on students' interests, for example motorcycles, automotive acoustics, commercial vehicle development, mobile applications of fluid technology, manufacturing engineering, theory of design, or machine tool programming.
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.
An overview of degree content is available in the curriculum plan. (de)
The Faculty has several international partner universities with which it has well-established links, such as collaborations in teaching and research as well as exchange programs such as ERASMUS+. An overview of all RWTH Aachen exchange programs can be found at: Overview of Exchange Options. Information on the feasibility of stays abroad provides the Study Abroad Counselling of the Faculty or the Departmental Advisors.
Training for vocational school teachers includes studying two subjects. In course of study Model I, both subjects are equally studied. In course of study Model II, one of the subjects is studied in a broader scope.
Detailed information on both course of study models
Textile Technology is a "small vocational subject" and only offers the combination possibility in course of study Model II: the unequally balanced combination with the "big vocational subject" Machine Technology.
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Fit für den Lehrerberuf
The RWTH Aachen "Lehramt" Self Assessment is an enrollment prerequisite for this course of study. You will need to submit your participation certificate when you enroll, but not in order to apply.
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 automotive and machine technology have good employment opportunities in public teaching service.
Teachers of automotive technology at a vocational school teach apprentices for careers including automotive mechatronics, mechanics for agricultural and building machinery, vulcaniser and tire mechanics, coachbuilding and automotive mechanics, and metal constructors for commercial vehicles.
Within metal construction, the following vocations are taught: industrial mechanic, metal construction worker, cutting machine operator, and toolmaker.
A further field of occupation are fulltime training courses and further training (technician, master) such as the state certified technician – automotive technician, automotive technician or master, state certified assistant for machine tool technology, and technicians in machine technology with a focus on plant mechanics, or industrial masters with a focus on metal.
You can find information from the NRW Ministry of Schools about the career prospects for various fields of teaching through 2039/40 in the brochure Prognoses on the Job Market for Teachers in North Rhine-Westphalia (de).
Master's Degree Prospects
The Master of Education (4 semesters) can be pursued after this Bachelor course of study. Only after completing the consecutive Master of Education, will graduates receive the admission qualification for the teaching profession. During the Master course of study, professionalization for a teaching career at a vocational school is placed at the focus, through an advanced studies in education, further technical classes, and a school internship semester.
Since your Bachelor degree opens up various futher education possibilities, you can - depending on your subject combination - persue other Master's programs. The respective exam board will decide whether or not you are qualified for a Master's that is not in the field of education.
Exam regulations regulate academic goals and prerequisites, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.
General Regulations: Comprehensive Exam Regulations of RWTH Aachen Bachelor Teaching Training for Gymnasien, Gesamtschulen, and Berufskollegs
Special Regulations: Subject-Specific Exam Regulation for the Small Vocational Specialization in Automotive Technology (Part of the Exam Regulation of the Corresponding Big Vocational Specialization in Machine Tool Technology).
The Automotive Technology course of study is offered by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.