Farsighted personnel policy: Beckhoff Group employs 98 students
Considerable interest in practice-integrated courses at the University of Applied Sciences in Gütersloh
Farsighted personnel policy: Beckhoff Group employs 98 students

On 1 August, 2013, 27 freshmen began their studies with a first practical phase at the Beckhoff Group. They are studying for bachelors’ degrees in Mechatronics/Automation Technology and Industrial Engineering at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences branch in Gütersloh. Beckhoff currently employs a total of 98 students who are involved in specific projects in the company’s various divisions in order to gain practical engineering experience. The practice-integrated study programme is well-established at Beckhoff, as evidenced by the numerous applicants and the students’ high level of acceptance within the company.

Beckhoff Automation currently has 90 students, including 26 from the Industrial Engineering course and 64 from Mechatronics/Automation. Elektro Beckhoff has filled seven places for Mechatronics/Automation and one for Industrial Engineering. “This year’s intake is our fourth set of students, which completes the planned initial stage. In February 2014 the first students will complete their studies with a Bachelor of Engineering”, says Dr. Ursula Frank, Project Management Research & Development Cooperation at Beckhoff Automation.

Close integration of the theoretical knowledge acquired at university and its practical application in industry has proved very successful for Beckhoff. “In their first two semesters, our students go through the company’s production, systems engineering, hardware and software development and organisation departments to get an initial overview of the various business units. From their third semester on they are assigned to one specific department. Participating in product management, development, support, national and international sales, project management, organization and marketing gives them insight into the varied work carried out by engineers and allows them to develop in accordance with their interests. Our in-house engineers who supervise the students in their own departments also find the cooperation beneficial” says Dr. Ursula Frank, who is pleased with the acceptance of the integrated study courses in the company.

In view of the high dropout rates from engineering courses at German universities and specialist colleges, the company can take justifiable pride in the success of its “Beckhoff students”, with only one dropout in the past three years. To meet the demand for additional qualifications, there are also plans to set up a master’s course at Gütersloh.

Freshmen on the integrated bachelor's degree courses at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Gütersloh being welcomed by Hans Beckhoff, Managing Director of Beckhoff Automation. At the beginning of the winter semester 2013/14 a further 18 students of Mechatronics/Automation and 9 students of Industrial Engineering will start their education with a practical phase at the Beckhoff Group in Verl.

Freshmen on the integrated bachelor's degree courses at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Gütersloh being welcomed by Hans Beckhoff, Managing Director of Beckhoff Automation. At the beginning of the winter semester 2013/14 a further 18 students of Mechatronics/Automation and 9 students of Industrial Engineering will start their education with a practical phase at the Beckhoff Group in Verl.