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Co-op

An education program that provides hands-on experience as the foundation for a career.

We offer motivated and high-performing students a wide variety of study programs. We know that our students from today are our experts for tomorrow. A qualified and practical education awaits you at IKA which prepares you for a professional life and expands your personal development.

Aside from the traditional educational framework, dedicated guidance and friendly work environment, there are other benefits. You will spend time at the beginning of your co-op in our lab (application center) and assembly. This will enable you to have a comprehensive overview of the company and learn about our laboratory and process equipment from the start.

Our apprentices and students also profit from vacation pay, holiday bonus, travel reimbursements, retirement contributions and the potential to intern in one of our international subsidiaries.

You can find detailed information to all apprenticeships IKA offers here.

  • Bachelor of Engineering: Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering: Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science: Refrigeration and Airconditioning
  • Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration – International Business (engl.)
  • Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration – Human Resources

Bachelor of Engineering: Electrical Engineering

Requirements:

  • General or subject-related university entrance qualification with emphasis on math and physics
  • Exceptional understanding and knowledge of IT and English
  • Logical and analytical thinking as well as creativity
  • Interest in technical and electrical workings
  • Ability to work alone and in a team environment

Co-op at IKA

Organization of co-op:

  • Co-op with three-month long semester phases in the company as well as the university
  • Combination of theoretical knowledge, hands-on experience and qualifications
  • Theory and hands-on phases are connected in content through established frameworks
  • Attend classes at Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Lörrach

Curriculum content:

  • Development of hardware (devices) and software (methods)
  • Curriculum focus of the 2 year basic course of study: general engineering, (math, physics) electronics, micro-processor technology, programming
  • Curriculum focus of the 1 year specialized course of study: software development and operating systems, business systems, measured value processing, sensors and actuators, automation systems, control technology, microprocessor technology

Practical phases in the company:

  • 1st practical semester: Overview of business operations and gain fundamental knowledge of all devices built at IKA
  • Individual work in the following departments: apprenticeship machine shop, circuit board manufacturing, as-sembly, quality testing, applications laboratory and service
  • Tasks for the practical semesters include: assist in electronics development department, gain insight into developing tools for the implementation of hardware/software and measuring technology
  • Individual work on project thesis with increasing difficulty, i.e., construction to automate prototypes for analytical test units or development of a micro-controlled vacuum control with display

Length of the study program:

  • 3 years
  • Required coursework:

    • 1st year: practical report
    • 2nd year: one or two project reports
    • 3rd year: two research projects, bachelor thesis

    The practical, project and bachelor thesis are generated while in the company. In comparison, the research projects are written while at the university and are the final grade during the semester.

    For more information, please visit: www.dhbw-loerrach.de


    Bachelor of Engineering: Information Technology

    Requirements:

    • General or subject-related university entrance qualification with emphasis on math and physics
    • Exceptional understanding and knowledge of IT and English
    • Logical and analytical thinking as well as creativity
    • Interest in technical and electrical workings
    • Ability to work alone and in a team environment

    Co-op at IKA

    Organization of co-op:

    • Co-op with three-month long semester phases in the company as well as the university
    • Combination of theoretical knowledge, hands-on experience and qualifications
    • Theory and hands-on phases are connected in content through established frameworks
    • Attend classes at Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe

    Curriculum content:

    • Information Technology deals with the business oriented application of IT and programming
    • Similar to majoring in automation technology in electrical engineering – stronger emphasis on the IT aspect
    • Software development and operating systems

    Length of the study program:

  • 3 years
  • Practical phases in the company:

    • 1st practical semester: Overview of business operations and gain fundamental knowledge of all devices built at IKA
    • Individual work in the following departments: apprenticeship machine shop, circuit board manufacturing, as-sembly, quality testing, applications laboratory and service
    • Tasks for the practical semesters include: assist in electronics development department, gain insight into de-veloping tools for the implementation of hardware/software
    • Introduction into instrumentation technology
    • Individual work on project thesis with increasing difficulty, i.e., develop a GUI to display measured data, develop PC software to automatically check pressure, develop an application for Android OS to control Laboratory equipment via Bluetooth

    Required coursework:

    • 2nd semester: practical report
    • 3rd and 4th semester: project report
    • 5th semester: project report and research project
    • 6th semester: research project and bachelor thesis

    The practical, project and bachelor thesis are generated while in the company. In comparison, the research projects are written while at the university and are the final grade during a semester.

    For more information, please visit: www.dhbw-karlsruhe.de


    Bachelor of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering

    Requirements:

    • General or subject-related university entrance qualification with emphasis on math and physics
    • Exceptional understanding and knowledge of IT
    • Interest in technical and electrical workings
    • Logical and analytical thinking
    • Ability to work alone and in a team environment

    Co-op at IKA

    Organization of co-op:

    • Co-op with three-month long semester phases in the company as well as the university
    • Combination of theoretical knowledge, hands-on experience and qualifications
    • Theory and hands-on phases are connected in content through established frameworks
    • Attend classes at Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Lörrach

    Curriculum content:

    • Curriculum focus of the 2 year basic course of study: basic scientific and technical courses
    • Practical relevance with multiple laboratory teachings while providing knowledge on business topics and per-sonal competencies (teamwork, communication, learning ability)
    • Curriculum focus of the 1 year specialized course of study: construction and development with the emphasis on equipment and systems

    Length of the study program:

    • 3 years

    Required coursework:

    • 1st year: project report
    • 2nd year: project report
    • 3rd year: two research projects, bachelor thesis

    The project and bachelor thesis are generated while in the company. In comparison, the research projects are written while at the university and are the final grade during a semester.t.

    Practical phases in the company:

    • 1 year: Overview of the fundamentals in mechanical processing and gain knowledge of all devices built at IKA
    • Individual work in the following departments: apprenticeship machine shop, assembly, quality testing, applications laboratory, electrical workshop, service and production planning
    • The 2nd and 3rd years consist of involvement in the daily operations in assembly and engineering. Individual projects will be assigned.
    • Tasks/projects for the practical semesters include: develop test equipment, using CAD software to learn 3D applications, construct components, dimension sheets, develop blueprints and bill of materials, assemble components and modify operating instructions

    For more information, please visit: www.dhbw-loerrach.de


    Bachelor of Science – Refrigeration and Airconditioning

    Requirements:

    • High School Diploma or other accredited form of university eligibility, displaying strength in mathematics and physic
    • Professional computer skills and familiarity with common software application
    • Capability to think analytically and logicall
    • Interest in technical context
    • Excellent English skill
    • Ability to work both, independently and in a team

    Co-op at IKA

    Organization of co-op

    • Co-op with three-month long semester phases in the company as well as at the European Academy of Refrigeration and Airconditioning in Maintal (EsaK)
    • This structure allows the students to experience the practical application of acquired, theoretical skills and to gain additional professional qualifications
    • The curriculum is designed to link the studies to the hands on applications

    Curriculum content

    • The student will gain extensive knowledge of engineering, mathematics and science in regards to refrigeration
    • The terms at the EsaK mainly consist of lectures in technology and economic
    • The program is completed by studies of English and project management

    Length of the study program:

    • 3 Jahre

    Required coursework:

    • 1st – 3rd semester: Co-op review
    • 4th semester: research project
    • 5th semester: Co-op review
    • 6th semester: bachelor thesis

    The co-op reviews, research projects and bachelor thesis are prepared while at the company.

    Phases in the company

    Students are active in HR during all practical semesters. Students will gain insight in the individual day-to-day operations throughout all business relevant departments throughout the co-op with the following tasks:

    • During the first co-op, students will gain a general understanding of the company and its’ products and the processes within
    • With regards to the studies at EsaK, the students will be able to apply their knowledge to the practical applications during the remaining co-ops
    • This includes the business admin departments (Marketing, Sales, Accounting) as well as the technical areas (Production, R&D, Service)

    For more information, please visit: www.esak.de/german/index.php.


    Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration – International Business (engl.)

    Requirements:

    • General or subject-related university entrance qualification
    • Interest in business, foreign cultures and languages
    • Ability to work alone and in a team environment
    • Big picture and analytical thinking as well as exceptional comprehension skills
    • Excellent English and ability to communicate effectively

    Co-op at IKA

    Organization of co-op:

    • Co-op with three-month long semester phases in the company as well as at the university
    • Combination of theoretical knowledge, hands-on experience and qualifications
    • Theory and hands-on phases are connected in content through established frameworks
    • Attend classes at Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Lörrach

    Curriculum content:

    • All classes, seminars, workshops and exams will be in English
    • A combination of professional and language competencies as a solid foundation to work in the international market
    • Curriculum in the first two years: business management, accounting, finance and investment, con-trolling, marketing, economics, law, math, intercultural skills, HR and project management
    • During the one year specialized area of study: Choice of two electives

    Length of the study program:

    • 3 years

    Required coursework:

    • 1st year: project thesis
    • 2nd year: project thesis
    • 3rd year: bachelor thesis

    Phases in the company:

    Individual work in day-to-day operations throughout all business relevant departments, i.e. with the following tasks:

    • Production Logistics and Purchasing: preparation of supplier ratings
    • Marketing/Sales: development of competition comparisons
    • Accounting: cost accounting and calculations
    • Information Technology: development of IT security processes within the organization
    • HR: assistance with personnel planning, recruitment, retention and development
    • Administration: preparation and implementation of internal audits
    • Independent work on projects

    For more information, please visit: www.dhbw-loerrach.de.


    Bachelor of Arts: Business Administration – Human Resources

    Requirements:

    • General or subject-related university entrance qualification
    • Interest in business components
    • Diplomatic skills and empathy
    • Big picture and analytical thinking as well as exceptional comprehension skills
    • Exceptional English skills and ability to communicate effectively
    • Ability to work alone and in a team environment
    • Ability to provide services and communicate effectively

    Co-op at IKA

    Organization of co-op

    • Co-op with three-month long semester phases in the company as well as the university
    • Combination of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience and qualifications
    • Theory and hands-on phases are connected in content through established frameworks
    • Attend classes at Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University in Lörrach

    Curriculum content

    • General Business Management: cost/performance accounting, marketing, economics, bookkeeping, organization, etc.
    • Specialized Business Management: personnel management in all six semesters with employment law, personnel planning, talent management, etc.
    • Required qualifications for staffing companies and HR consultants as well as code of conduct for the demo-graphic change

    Length of the study program:

    • 3 years

    Required coursework:

    • 1st year: project thesis
    • 2nd year: project thesis
    • 3rd year: bachelor thesis

    Phases in the company:

    Students are active in HR during all practical semesters. Students will gain insight in the individual day-to-day operations throughout all business relevant departments throughout the co-op with the following tasks:

    • Assembly: planning production orders
    • Marketing: assist with the product catalog
    • Controlling Department: cost/performance accounting
    • HR: correspondence with patent attorneys in administration or personnel marketing 
    • Independent work on projects

    For more information, please visit: www.dhbw-loerrach.de.

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