Combined Vocational Training and Degree Programs
This page offers an overview of the different combined vocational training and degree programs available at Manz after finishing high school.
A three-year combined vocational training and degree program at Manz offers a one-of-a-kind combination of theoretical knowledge and real-world application. Every three months, you alternate between attending classes at the university and gaining practical experience at our company. In this context, you will spend time in various departments according to your field of study and, in addition to technical and methodical knowledge, you will acquire the necessary expertise and social skills by completing varied and challenging assignments. Moreover, you will be financially independent right from the first day of the program. In the fourth semester, you will have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad. You can select the country yourself, and Manz will even bear a portion of the costs.
Florian W., DHBW student (mechatronics):
"Mechatronic systems have become a staple of high-tech equipment manufacturing. We get a theoretical background in the subject at the DHBW in Horb in the mechatronics course, which serves as a link between the traditional degrees of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and IT. At the very start of the course I learned how closely theory and practice are connected. I learned the basics in the training workshop at Manz, which was very useful when it came to understanding the course content. The practical phase also includes working in various departments. I've already been able to use the technical knowledge I gained in the different departments where I've had experience."
Combined Vocational Training and Degree Programs at Manz
DHBW – Mechatronics
This degree program is offered at the DHBW in Stuttgart (Horb campus). After successfully completing the program, mechatronics engineers are employed in departments such as Development, Software/Control Technology, or in Final Inspection and Commissioning/Service.
DHBW – Computer Science
This degree program is offered at the DHBW in Stuttgart (Horb campus). After successfully completing the program, computer scientists are employed in departments such as Software/Control Technology or Development.
DHBW – Business Information Systems
This degree program is offered at the DHBW in Stuttgart. After successfully completing the program, business information systems specialists are employed in departments such as IT, Controlling, or in Process and Project Management.
Combined Vocational Training and Degree Program at Manz – Reutlingen Model
The Reutlingen model is a combination of an advanced vocational training program in industrial engineering and a mechanical engineering degree program at Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences.
During the first three years, participants will complete an entire advanced vocational training program in industrial engineering including attending classes at Ferdinand von Steinbeis vocational school, as well as the first semester of the degree program at Reutlingen University of Applied Sciences. After an additional three-year degree program, participants will have earned two full-fledged certificates: a craft certificate in industrial engineering and a bachelor’s degree in engineering (with the ability to pursue a subsequent master’s degree). The immediate application of knowledge at the university of applied sciences combined with the practical phases at our company allow you to efficient utilize the theoretical skills gained in a real working-life setting.
In addition, you will receive assistance and support in developing social skills, the ability to work in a team, rhetorical, and international language skills during the degree program, since professional life today does not only require a high level of knowledge in your field, but also the ability to integrate into a team and work with your coworkers cooperatively. The degree program also conveys all of these fundamental skills with the goal of helping you get your career at Manz off to a good start and to build a broad foundation for your later professional activities.
Detailed requirements and descriptions of the individual combined vocational training and degree programs can be found in our vocational training brochure, which can be downloaded from this page.
Eric K., student on the "Reutlingen Model":
"The combined "Reutlingen Model" degree course is really varied and is a great combination of theory and professional practice. The mix of training in the company, at the college and at the university makes the week interesting and varied. Thanks to Manz's close cooperation with the college and the university, I'll already be getting ideal preparation for my exams and essays during my two-year apprenticeship. If I have any questions I can contact my trainers at any time, and they're really supportive. Choosing the "Reutlingen Model" at Manz was a very easy decision because it gives me the opportunity to work on new technologies and lets me follow my personal interests."
Opportunities at Manz after Completing a Combined Vocational Training and Degree Program
Manz offers training to cover its own needs. As a result, in most cases our goal is to offer an open-ended employment contract to college students who have earned their degree and have impressed us with their performance and dedication. However, we cannot offer any guarantees in this regard.
Opportunities for College Graduates at Manz
- Temporary part-time employment while attending university: For example, when you plan on remaining in school to earn your master’s degree
- Pre-master’s program: Simultaneous master’s degree program and part-time employment as well as subsequently writing your master’s thesis at Manz
- Take on a position at Manz directly after college: In this case, we strive to employ the graduate in their preferred department