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Dual studies in wood technology

Wood is one of the most natural, diverse and widely used materials there is. With a combination of engineering, forestry and natural science aspects, the dual course of study gives you the know-how you need to work in the wood industry. In addition, you have the opportunity to apply this theoretical knowledge in practice right from the start. In this way, you quickly learn what is important when working with the material and later entry into the profession is made easier because long training periods can be dispensed with.

As a graduate of a wood technology degree, you will have in-depth knowledge of how different types of wood can be used in different application contexts, you can plan and manage projects and have an overview of all costs.

Studying wood technology requires both professional and personal prerequisites. Before you decide on a dual course in wood technology, you should therefore check to what extent the course and its requirements suit you.

Requirements of companies and universities

The first requirement for a dual degree in wood technology is usually the (specialist)University entrance qualification. In rare cases, a completed apprenticeship as a carpenter or wood mechanic may also be required before the apprenticeship starts, but this varies from company to company.

When you start a dual course of study, you spend part of your training in a company either as part of additional training or in the form of long-term internships. So you should have a certain Structure not be a stranger - after all, you have to balance the workload for the courses and exams at the university with the intensive practical phases in the company. In addition, you should work prudently and carefully. Good grades in math or physics are not a must, but it certainly helps if those subjects weren't your weakest in school and you have some basic knowledge.

Personal requirements

If you decide to study wood technology as a dual study, you should get real ones on a personal level Enthusiasm for the material Bring along, because the course content mainly revolves around wood and consistently relate to the upcoming professional practice. Interested parties should also have an enthusiasm for science and technology as well as for design. A creative hand and a sense of aesthetics are at least as important when working with wood as manual dexterity, a certain level of physical resilience and enjoyment of working with the material.

As diverse as the material is, as diverse are the contents of your dual degree in wood technology: You will learn both production and mechanical engineering know-how relating to the processing of the material, and you will learn everything about the properties and properties of wood.

Since the content of the course goes beyond the technical training of the carpenter, you will also learn the basics of business administration as well as the organization and management of projects. Technical subjects are also on your schedule. In the theoretical and practical phases you will gain insights into various companies, industries and areas of responsibility.

During the practical phases in the company, the main focus is on design, production or sales: Depending on the training company, you will be integrated into different work processes and get to know different departments and projects. In the theoretical part at the university, you can expect mainly technical and scientific subjects. These include the basics of chemistry and botany, building and materials science, production management or statics and strength theory.

Depending on the company, or at the latest during your studies, you usually focus on a certain field within the wood industry. For example, you can concentrate on the business aspects of the wood industry, furniture construction or plastics technology. Ultimately, the content of your wood technology degree depends heavily on the company in which you are completing your dual training.

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Salary (during the dual study)

Since you can complete your dual degree in wood technology in different (time) models as well as in different companies, the salary in the dual degree varies from case to case. Before you decide to study, you should find out in advance what your salary prospects look like in the respective company. In principle, the remuneration for a dual study program in the field of wood technology is based on traditional apprenticeships such as carpenter or carpenter, which on average are staggered as follows:

Apprenticeship1 year2 years3rd year
Carpenter640 €745 €844 €
Carpenter849 €1.199 €1.473 €

Source: Training compensation database of the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training

The figures refer to the collectively agreed training allowances for 2019 in West Germany.

In addition to the salaries, there may be other additional benefits, but whether and what these are is at the discretion of the companies where you are employed in the dual study program. Additional benefits are, for example, the assumption of tuition fees, meal allowances, travel allowances, company pension schemes or even a 13th salary.

Dual studies are not just dual studies. There are different study and time models offered by companies and universities. If you are not yet familiar with it, you should definitely read our detailed guide Study models and our article too Time models read.

Career and professional prospects

Once you have completed your studies in wood technology, you will be well equipped, both theoretically and practically, to start a career in the wood industry. The possible uses are in the wood, furniture, pulp and wood construction industries, the wood and wood energy industry and related fields of activity.

As the industry grows year on year, your job prospects are very good. Wood is always one of the most widely used materials, and the international working environment is constantly gaining importance through imports and exports. Specific jobs for wood technicians can be found in the paper industry, in furniture manufacturing companies or in the wood trade. But as a wood technician, you are also in demand as an expert or in quality and environmental management. A subsequent master’s degree improves your chances of finding a management position.

Did you know that ...

... the phrase "on the wrong track" comes from the Middle Ages and referred to the path that emerged when the wood was removed, invited to follow, but mostly led to nowhere?

... the oldest tree at 9,550 years old is a Swedish spruce?

... various constructions in Venice actually consist of piles made of larch wood? The wood was used because of its particular stability. In contact with the water, it hardened and over the years became as hard as stone.