Woodworking engineering

Short-cycle Higher Vocational College, Study programe: Woodworking engineering

Short-cycle Higher Vocational College is part of the Educational Centre Novo mesto and it is a distinctive and recognized educational institution. It focuses on the excellence of studies and on the quality of professional and research work. This has been an important factor for the development of the local economy and the service sector in the regional and in the global space for more than 20 years. Vocational college works closely with employers: our main goal is to provide high quality education by establishing solid partnerships with the companies that participate in carrying out practical training and help put theory into practice.  Such partnerships are comparable to the European standards of good practice and are particularly welcome in the field of vocational education which is to train students for practical needs. Planning, developing and modernizing study programs is based on the needs of the labor market, thus ensuring the modernity of the study, and high employability of graduates. Together with well-experienced lecturers and training experts our objective is to adapt the educational programme to the needs of the labour market and the economy in Slovenia.
This study program is based on the knowledge of technology in various woodworking fields.  Students are provided of generic and professionally-specific competencies, but also in the field of personal development: decision making, self-confidence and professionalism in solving professional problems. Students learn to plan working timetables and organize the necessary activities for effective work. They also learn how to plan, organize and manage the technological processes linked to the use of timber. As a graduate of this program, student  will be able to guarantee the quality of work processes and to select and analyze products. They will also learn how to rationally use energy, material and time. As part of the compulsory subjects students will get competencies and knowledge from the basic areas of woodworking, work organization, business communication, basics of economics and entrepreneurship, marketing and application of information technology. These skills help students to develop entrepreneurial skills, and develop the competencies needed to manage administrative processes related to the organization of activities in wood industry and the maintenance of working tools and equipment. Optional modules make students gain in-depth knowledge in specific areas. The module Primary processing and building in wood  focuses on the areas of energy processes and technologies in woodworking and on the design of timber constructions. In the Final Tretament module, students deepen their  knowledge in the areas of computer-aided design of products and artistic wood.

Form and duration of the study

Full-time studies

They last two years and students get awarded by 120 credits (ECTS). The courses are organized on weekdays. The academic year involves 34 weeks of educational work, of which 24 weeks of education at school and 10 weeks of work placement in companies or in inter-company education centers.

Part-time studies

These studies are custom-made to meet the needs of adult students ; they last two and a half years and students get awarded by 120 ECTS credits. The courses are carried out twice or three times a week in the afternoon using a system of successive subjects (max. two subjects in parallel.)

Benefits of taking our courses

Courses designed to provide students with the practical skills required to pursue a career

Study programs are based on professional standards and  designed and developed with the co-operation of  local employers.

The study focused on gaining  practical competences

40 % of the study programme is carried out in enterprises as a work placement.

Excellent employment prospects for our graduates

Designing and updating study programmes are in accordance with the requirements of the labor market, which enables our graduates to have high chances of employement.

Excellent and experienced teaching staff

Not only  lecturers and tutors who are employed full-time at Higher vocational college but also lecturers with professional experience, employed in industry and service sector are assigned to  deliver lectures and tutorials.

Providing practical and useful in-depth knowledge

In all of our programmes, the diploma work is focused on problem solving and real-life situations  prospective employees are expected  to tackle in enterprises.

Excellent facilities and encouraging study environment offering a tutorial system.

A tutor/lecturer provides students with different  skills needed to successfully finish the studies and to pursue a career.

Custom-made short courses to meet specific needs of incoming students/freshmen

In September short courses are delivered in order to revise certain contents to enable students to easily follow the courses.

The study/courses  supported by e-classrooms encouraging mobility of students in EU projects 

We encourage student mobility to accomplish their work placement abroad.
Providing accommodation
Providing accommodation in a Student Hall of Residence located in the vicinity of the college.
Convocation the college encourages the  transfer of knowledge and experience of all the generations of graduates.
Working closely with the labour market
Thanks to the cooperation with employers, the College is able to provide work-based training and to respond to the requirements of industry.

Employment prospects

The employment prospects of our graduates are excellent, since they can be employed in all  sectors of wood industry. A wood engineer may, on the basis of acquired generic and specific vocational knowledge and skills obtained in the course of studies, be employed in the following positions and working areas:
  • Design and preparation of manufacturing processes and technology,
  • Design and preparation of wood products,
  • Planner and designer of wood-processing technology,
  • Designer, manufacturer and administrator of databases,
  • Designer, developer and implementor of comprehensive software solutions,
  • Manufacture documentation preparation,
  • Marketing products and raw materials in timber industry,
  • Management of higher levels of processing technologies (CAD, CAM CNC, etc.),
  • Preparation of analyses and planning manufacturing processes,
  • Development of special furniture for hospitals, homes for elderly people,
  • Advising clients in the field of equipment, ergonomics, homes and specific buildings,
  • Testing and certificating products.