“Industry 4.0” means that mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and information technology are growing closer together to form an intelligently networked production method. The interlocking of the analogue and the digital world requires a lasting change of attitude not just in companies, but also in universities.
WalterAG in Tübingen is one of the pioneers in the field of Industry 4.0. As a manufacturer of precision tools for the machining industry, Walter is in a key position for optimising component machining. And as a solution provider with a view to the bigger picture, the company is supplementing its range of tools with digital components and apps, which make it possible to continuously monitor the machining process. Digital transformation is currently one of Walter’s most important company objectives. This path calls for digital experts, which is why the company is also actively involved in training for the Industry 4.0 professions of the future. Walter AG is now offering a specific opportunity in cooperation with Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Villingen-Schwenningen.
The new cooperative Bachelor of Science in Business Information Studies will commence in autumn of 2018
The Business Information Systems degree at DHBW Villingen-Schwenningen uniquely combines scientific study with practical experience in one of the internationally leading companies in the tool industry: Students will switch between the university and Walter AG every three months. In this way, they will gain knowledge, professional experience and so-called soft skills in equal measure. After a three-year study programme and a thesis, graduates will complete their education with the academic title Bachelor of Science. As with all other degrees offered by DHBW, the new Business Information Studies degree is recognised both within Germany and internationally and classed as an intensive study programme culminating in 210 ECTS credits.
The DHBW degree has key advantages
Students receive a fixed salary throughout the entire duration of the course –even though, in purely mathematical terms, they only spend half their time on-site at Walter. In addition, they enjoy all the privileges of a Walter AG employee. The practical experience is just as diverse in its content as the career will be later on. An internship abroad with one of Walter’s subsidiaries, lasting several weeks, is also a planned section of the course. The study programme itself is more engaging and more clearly structured than at a regular university. A secondary qualification equivalent to the German Abitur or Fachabitur is required, but this alone does not guarantee you qualify for a place: Candidates have to submit an application in advance and complete at least one interview. This selection process may be one of the reasons why the dropout rate at DHBW is very low and the sense of achievement accordingly high on both sides.
In addition to the cooperative degree in Business Information Systems, Walter AG also offers cooperative degrees in Mechanical Engineering at university sites near Walter locations in Tübingen, Frankfurt and Zell am Harmersbach. Furthermore, Walter trains school graduates in different professional fields: For example, as industrial mechanics, machine and system operators, electronic technicians for industrial engineering, cutting tool mechanics and metalworking specialists.
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