Dual Study Program & Practical Semester

Are you looking for a combination of theory and practice? Then a dual study programme is just the right thing for you! The 3-month alternation between studies at the DHBW and the practical phase in the company allows you to directly implement the specialist knowledge you have acquired.

Students of surface technology, materials science or chemistry have the chance to spend a practical semester with us. On the one hand, of course, to get a taste of practical experience. On the other hand, to work on a Bachelor's or Master's thesis under the best possible conditions and qualified supervision.


We want to develop our apprentices, like our students, into truly sought-after professionals in the market. This means that we set high standards for our training and thus demand a high level of commitment.

We reward this commitment with various benefits that also go beyond the standard:

  • Individual training plan and support
  • Professional and personal development training courses 
    (performance-based English courses, various IT trainings, business etiquette, team-building units, etc.)
  • Travel allowance
  • Free lunch in the in-house canteen
  • Trainee and company excursions
  • Representation of apprentice interests by JAV (Youth and Apprentice Representation)
  • Very good social benefits
  • Training allowance according to collective agreement

Study programmes

Business Administration - Industry
International Business B.A.

Enjoy administrative tasks, such as the development and implementation of concepts in an industrial production environment.

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Business Administration - International
International Business B.A.

Enjoy administrative tasks in an international production environment using the English language.

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  • Collaboration on projects, project analysis, project implementation
  • Getting to know databases and operating systems
  • Internal and external, written and oral communication in German or English
  • Preparation of presentations and evaluations


Specialist departments

  • Sales
  • Communication
  • Accounting and controlling
  • Human Resources
  • Operations Offices of the Production Departments

Industrial Engineering
Chemical and Process Engineering

Combination of business aspects and elements from chemistry, process and environmental engineering.

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  • Combine knowledge of engineering sciences and business administration
  • Plan projects and develop products from both a business and technical perspective
  • Analyze, optimize and define performance characteristics and quality standards
  • Written documentation according to scientific standards for individual project reviews
  • Internal and external, written and oral communication in German and English
  • Preparation of presentations and evaluations


Specialist departments

  • Production areas: Bath and salt production, Electroplating, HTE
  • Sales
  • Technical Sales
  • Controlling

Duration of training
3 years
or 6 semesters


Higher education
DHBW Heidenheim / Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen - Chemie- und Verfahrenstechnik

Practical semester
Surface or materials technology, chemistry

Are you studying surface and materials engineering or chemistry? We have a wide range of projects waiting for you!

Task profile

  • During your practical semester, you will get to know the engineering work in the field of chemistry and surface technology in detail.
  • As a Bachelor or Master candidate, you have the opportunity to write your thesis with us. In our departments offer a wide range of scientific topics for independent work on your bachelor's or master's thesis. Experts from our company will assist you with the implementation.

Duration of practical semester
At least 1 semester
(or at least 3 months)

Practical semester (only 2023)
Communication / Personnel Marketing

Are you studying communication and would like to completely rethink and redesign recruiting communication with a small team? Here is your chance.

Task profile

  • The communication for personnel recruitment is being completely questioned. Is our approach to skilled workers and trainees still appropriate or is it simply outdated? So are the images and choice of words appropriate? Is the structure helpful? Are the channels the right ones? Is the workflow still efficient? Is the budget allocated sensibly? ...

  • The goal is to develop a concept that provides answers to these questions and shows initial elaborations - as a basis for further graphic and content implementation.

Duration of practical semester
At least 1 semester
(or at least 3 months)

More information

Contact & Application

Sounds interesting, but do you still have questions about the programmes on offer? Maybe a look at our answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) or our channels on Facebook or Instagram will help. Otherwise, Steffen Barth, our contact person for studies, is looking forward to hearing from you.

If everything is clear, we look forward to receiving your application!

More information

Our answers to frequently asked questions:

Our social media channels:


Steffen Barth
Manager Human Resources

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+49 7171 607 291 (Office)
+49 171 3054 094 (Mobile)



Either send documents:
Umicore Galvanotechnik GmbH
Klarenbergstrasse 53-79
73525 Schwaebisch Gmuend (Germany)

or by mail to:

or directly on our online platform:
DHBW Heidenheim / Business Administration - Industry
DHBW Heidenheim / Business Administration - International

Our goals for the next Years

Umicore RISE Strategy 2030