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Qualification: Civil engineering worker – specialising in rail track construction work

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Civil engineering worker – specialising in rail track construction work

Qualification Information

Type of qualification

This qualification is a dual vocational education and training (2-year training course). The vocational education and training system is highly significant in Germany. Central importance in this regard is attached to training within the dual system, which facilitates access to many areas of occupational activity. The system is described as “dual” because training is conducted at two independent training venues, the company and the vocational school. Training combines the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practically related competences with company practice. Successful completion of training confers the right directly to exercise the occupation in question as a qualified skilled worker in a state recognised training occupation. It also leads to the subsequent opportunity to access a wide range of upgrading training.

Those completing training hold the professional skills, knowledge and competences (employability skills) necessary for the exercising of a qualified occupational activity. They are in possession of competences for the autonomous fulfilment of professional requirements within an area of learning or field of occupational activity which remains clear whilst being openly structured in some areas.

Description of the qualification (learning outcomes)

Build drainage for railway substructures,
Carry out measurements relating to rail track construction,
Carry out surface works including laying sleepers, laying and setting track,
Lay ballast, lift, set and tamp track,
Make fish joints,
Carry out excavation works, fill in and compress earth and build embankments,
Carry out related works for the creation of sett, slab and asphalt surfaces,
Carry out related tasks in building construction trades,
Work autonomously either alone or in conjunction with others to execute works on the basis of technical documentation and work orders ,
Plan and coordinate work ,
Set up construction sites ,
Stipulate stages of work and initiate measures to safeguard the work process and ensure safety, health and safety at work and environmental protection at the construction site ,
Check the quality of the work for any errors in execution, document works and clear the workplace,
Use equipment and machinery,
Erect work, load bearing and protective scaffolding and calibrate plant components and construction machinery sub-assemblies

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Chamber of Crafts and Trades, Chamber of Industry and Commerce

Access requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements. Compulsory schooling of nine or ten full-time school years have to be completed. The training relationship is constituted via conclusion of a vocational education and training contract with a private sector company or comparable institution.

Ways to acquire: 

Training takes place at a company and at a vocational school. During company-based training, trainees acquire practically related competences within a real working environment. On one or two days a week or during blocks of one to two weeks’ duration, trainees attend vocational school, where general and occupationally related contents of a theoretical nature are imparted in a way that is linked to the practical training provided at the company. Training concludes with a final examination conducted by the examination board of the competent body.

Persons who are able to demonstrate that they have been employed in an occupation or in another relevant training occupation for a period at least one and a half times as long as is prescribed for the period of initial training or who are able to produce certificates or other evidence to prove that they have acquired sufficient employability skills may also be admitted to the final examination (so-called “external examination”).