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Engineer for sanitary, heating and air-conditioning systems

Engineers for sanitary, heating and air-conditioning systems lay the basis for fitting heating and air-conditioning systems as well as water pipes, sinks and toilets. This involves planning, building and maintaining pipes and connections.

Course contents

At the beginning, trainees choose one of the following specialisations: water, ventilation, heating, environmental engineering or renewable energies. All trainees learn how to work with metal and plastics, i.e. drilling, screwing and welding techniques. This will not only enable them to maintain and repair systems, but also to give confident advice to customers. Upon completion of their training, they will also be able to operate control systems and deal with system disruptions.

Special requirements

This training programme requires good numeracy skills because you will have to calculate material requirements and technical parameters. Drawing skills are also required because you will have to draw design plans. Additionally, you should also be able to deal with customers and focus on service.

Places of study

This is a dual vocational training course. The theory is taught at a vocational school (Berufsschule), while practical training takes place at a craftsman’s workshop or an industrial company.

Duration: 3.5 years

Year of training and pay in Euros (craft business)

1st year     400 - 755

2nd year     450 - 835

3rd year     500 - 905

4th year     550 - 955

Year of training and pay in Euros (industry)

1st year     936 - 1.010

2nd year     987 - 1.056

3rd year     1.056 - 1.149

4th year     1.094 - 1.211

Pay: gross salary before tax and deductions for social contributions; source: Federal Employment Agency (BA); last update: January 2018.

Sector of activities

  • Supply and installation
  • Electrical installations

Your perspectives after completion

  • Employment at companies fitting sanitary, heating and air-conditioning systems
  • Specialisation in e.g. quality assurance, customer service, maintenance or production
  • Acquiring additional qualifications such as IT or foreign language skills
  • Continuing vocational training to become a master craftsman or fully qualified engineer

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Beroobi

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    Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB)

    Profiles of several occupations requiring vocational training (English, German)

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