Vocational Education

SBVTC cooperates with technical colleges in middle and higher vocational schools to provide dual-system vocational education projects by combining mould machinery, CNC lathes milling machines and mechatronics with German industrial standards. In the mould machinery project, for example, students get a training of 3 years under the guidance of Chinese and german experts. After the theoretical part, the students will do a 3-month internship at international enterprises and then return to school for a 3-month intensive training. The students can obtain the certificate issued by AHK after passing the final exam.

Sbvtc has provided dual system education support for 26 vocational schools and more than 65 dual system vocational education programs.


Mold Mechanic

China's industrial enterprises are developing rapidly and are facing a shortage of skilled labor. Modern production methods require skilled workers to have a great sense of responsibility and understand complex work processes in order to cope with the ever-increasing demand for quality and efficiency.

Since 2007, Shanghai Bavaria Vocational Training Consulting Co., Ltd. has provided mold mechanics training courses in a training workshop in Jiading, Shanghai in accordance with German standards. Participants in our training include students from technical colleges and vocational schools and skilled workers in the metal processing industry.

After passing the final exam, students can obtain a certificate issued by the Shanghai branch of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Our students work for internationally renowned automobile and machinery companies in the production and maintenance fields in Shanghai and surrounding areas.

The training lasts for 3 years. Under the guidance of our experienced training experts, trainees will conduct small-team, basic professional training. The trainees should learn to analyze technical drawings, make work plans, and use different tools, measuring tools, methods and materials to perform conventional fitter turning, milling and grinding, as well as complex assembly assembly. The trainees also need to make daily training records and understand the relevant quality inspection procedures.

The trainees will have 3 months of internship in an international company to gain work experience under actual production conditions.

In the final stage, the trainees returned to our training workshop for a three-month intensive training and preparation for the final exam of the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Part 2 of Die Mechanics).

Training content

- Technical drawings

- Material technology

- Measurement technology

- Professional calculation (calculation of area, volume,
volume, speed and intensity)

- Safety instructions

- Work plan writing, work process record

- Fitter processing: sawing, filing, drilling, reaming, tapping (set) thread

- Machining: turning, milling, grinding
- Assembly and stamping die processing and assembly debugging

- Basic knowledge of CNC technology

- Introduction to the working principle of mechatronics equipment

- Quality inspection


Training objectives

CNC is a key technology for industrial production. During the last ten years the Government has invested heavily in up-to-date equipment at vocational schools and technical colleges all over China. Although the equipment of many schools is fine there is still a gap regarding suitable training contents and methods which satisfy the demand of the industry for highly qualified and self responsible operators.

sbvtc helps to bridge this gap and to improve the CNC-education in short time and at relatively little cost. We implement modules‘CNC-turning’ and ‘CNC-milling’ of six weeks duration and according to German industrial standards at our partner schools and colleges in China.

In a first step sbvtc qualifies the teachers of partner schools and help them to get familiar with German CNC-training curricula. Afterwards sbvtc sends experienced CNC-experts who assist the partner schools to implement the modules. Finally sbvtc arranges an exam ‘CNC-operator turning/milling’ basing upon the standards of German Industry. Successful participants who pass the exam will get a certificate by the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Shanghai Chapter). sbvtc modules are excellent tools which help to pave the way from vocational school to internship and employment in the industry.

Training description

Participants of our modules are vocational school or technical college students who have already concluded the second school year and got some basic knowledge and abilities about CNC-technology. During the six weeks training duration for each CNC-module the participants get familiar with professional and methodical working processes. They learn 

-   to read technical drawings and to assemble technical information about a project

-   to write working plans, including choice of suitable tools, machine speed and so on

-   to write of short CNC-programs and programming of CN Control systems

-   to manufacture complex single components on CNC-milling and CNC-turning machines

-   to check tolerances and surface quality by professional use of different measuring tools measuring methods and assessment tools

-   to write daily quality reports and training proceedings
The modules do not only improve practical skills in handling CNC-machines, tools and measures but they enforce at the same time also the theoretical understanding of CNC-technology. The final AHK-exam comprises therefore a practical as well as a theoretical part.

Training contents

Preparation course Conventional
turning and milling (2 weeks)
- rigging of conventional turning
and milling machines

- reading of technical drawings

- turning and milling of single

- quality check proceedings

- safety instructions

- maintenance

CNC-turning (6 weeks)

- rigging of 2-axis CNC-turning machines

- programming of CN Control systems

- processing of external surfaces

- processing of inner parts

- drilling

- cutting of threads

CNC-milling (6 weeks)

- rigging of three axis CNC-milling machines

- programming of CN Control systems

- milling of external surfaces

- milling of of inner parts

Dual Vocational Education in Mechatronics

Project objectives

Employment of sophisticated equipment in modern industrial plants and shortage in qualified manpower are fueling the demand for highly qualified maintenance technicians. Mechatronics comprises mechanics as well as electronics. Professionals in mechatronics are able to identify and fix technical defects within complex automation systems.

Mechatronics has therefore become a key subject within the frame of vocational education in China. However, the requirements of the subject are extremely challenging. Vocational schools and technical colleges are not always able to catch up with most recent technological developments. They need active support by industrial enterprises. The government encourages therefore close cooperation between vocational education institutes with industrial enterprises as it is common in Germany (Dual Vocational Education).

The challenges of Dual vocational education are manifold. They comprise permanent improvement regarding teachers’ qualification, adjustment of training curricula, updating of hard- and software, introduction of quality management procedures and implantation of examination standards which satisfy the need of the industry.

Due to more than 40 years experience of cooperation with German industrial enterprises bbw and sbvtc can provide all the assistance which is required by our Chinese partner schools and colleges. Since 2011 we cooperate closely with Yizheng Technician College and assist it with the implementation of a Dual Vocational education system in mechatronics for Shanghai Volkswagen.

Project description

Dual Education for students in mechatronics lasts three to three and a half years, with around half of the time spent at vocational school or technical college and the rest of the time within industrial enterprises. The combination of vocational education at school and technical training in companies faces both parties with demanding challenges: schools and enterprises are operating within different legal and administrative framework. They focus upon separate main objectives. And they master quite different material resources. Employment of qualified independent vocational service providers like sbvtc helps to remove obstacles and to pave the way for smooth cooperation between schools/ colleges and industrial plants.

Our service for our Chinese partner institutes comprises

-    Kick-off-workshops with experts from German vocational schools and companies

-   Teachers training in Germany and China

-    Employment of German and Chinese experts in mechatronics

-    Regular coordination meetings with partner schools, companies and AHK

-    Implementation of examination by the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Shanghai Chapter)

Project contents

-    Further qualification of Chinese trainers, teachers and administrative staff in Germany and China

-    Development and adjustment of curriculum by German experts

-    Recommendations for teaching material

-    Introduction of practical projects like ‘Handhabegeraet’ by experienced German trainers

-    Setting up of detailed equipment list, including all mechanic and electronic equipment, measuring technology, tools, measures, consumable material and so on

-    Preparation, execution and analysis of Mechatronics Exam Part I (mid term) and Part II (final exam) of The German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (AHK Shanghai Chapter)