Department of Engineering

Production Technology and Organization

My Studies

Degree Programme 1


Studying on the co-op programme means studying on the job. From the second semester students alternate between three months’ theory at FH JOANNEUM and three months’ hands on in an industrial firm. In addition to extensive practical experience our students receive appropriate financial remuneration and are usually employed by the company throughout the whole period from the third to the sixth semester. Of course it’s also possible to spend the whole practical period, or part of it, in a company abroad.

The content of the practical training in the company is geared to the theoretical content at the university. Students choose the company and the relevant departments and divisions themselves and can thus tailor their training to their own interests. During their training they make valuable contacts within the company where they will generally continue their professional career after graduating.

Orientation Practice: after 2nd semester (August to October)
Company Practice 1: February to April (3rd semester)
Company Practice 2: August to October (4th semester)
Company Practice 3: February to April (including first Bachelor's thesis, 5th semester)
Company Practice 4: July to September (including second Bachelor's thesis, 6th semester)

  • Duration: 12 weeks of 40 hours each

Taking the practical period as a whole, students either undertake a kind of trainee programme in various production-related departments or work in cross-departmental projects, in line with their increasing knowledge and experience. In the fifth semester, students decide on an assignment together with the training company and a lecturer and choose the topic of their second Bachelor's thesis which they complete in the sixth semester at the company.

Well-known companies in which our students spend their practical period include:

  • Admonter
  • AL-KO
  • Alpla
  • Andritz AG
  • Anton Paar
  • Atomic
  • AVL
  • BMW
  • Böhler
  • Bosch
  • Brau Union
  • Knapp
  • Magna
  • Mondi
  • Palfinger
  • Post Logistikcenter
  • Saubermacher
  • Siemens
  • SSI Schäfer