Practical training is a regular part of the study programme, building on the theoretical content. It enables students to transfer their acquired knowledge and theoretical skills into practice. In this way, students learn which knowledge is fundamental to their studies, gain an insight into real working conditions and the tasks they will perform in the field they are specialising in or pursuing. This gives students the opportunity to explore possible career paths and to assess their actual and necessary competences and skills within their field of interest.
Students of the Applied Electrical Engineering higher professional degree programme undertake a 3-month practical training course at the beginning of the 6th semester. The practical training is conducted under the guidance of faculty tutors and mentors in selected companies with predominantly electrotechnical fields of work, or in companies that need electrotechnical staff due to their infrastructure activities.
What are the most important objectives of practical training?
- Gaining practical experience and connecting education and work,
- building on the skills acquired and transferring theoretical knowledge into practice,
- training and developing specific skills and competences for the profession,
- coming across new learning situations and technological processes,
- learning about new working tools, equipment, gadgets and materials,
- learning how to work together and as part of a team, and how to communicate and present in front of clients,
- developing responsibility for work, for the quality required in professional work, and for compliance with health and safety regulations at work and environmental protection regulations,
- making graduates employable,
- enriching and upgrading the quality of studies
- linking the faculty with the wider social environment, research institutions, businesses and representatives of the non-business sector at home and abroad.
Course of obligations and deadlines
The first step in practical training is for the student to find a mentor at the faculty. Then, either on your own or with the help of a coordinator, find a company to do your practical training with. The company assigns a mentor that has at least a level VII education and experience in the relevant field of electrical engineering to each student. The company confirms its willingness to participate by means of an application form.
Deadline: 1 February
You can apply for practical training through the STUDIS study programme. The student fills in all missing information in the online PRACTICAL TRAINING form, prints out the form and delivers it to the practical training coordinator, validated (signed and stamped) by the company. On the basis of the validated acceptance certificate for the compulsory study practical training, the coordinator prepares a contract on the mutual obligations of the student, the company and UL FE.
Deadline: 15 February or until the start of practical training
As a rule, practical training starts between 1 March and 31 May. The postponement of the start of practical training (after 1 May) requires the approval of the Board of Studies. At the end of the practical training, the student will produce a final report.
After the practical training, the student delivers an evaluation sheet to the coordinator, which is signed and approved by the company mentor. The student will produce a final report and submit it via STUDIS no later than 15 days after the end of the practical training, according to the instructions. On the basis of the final report and the evaluation sheet, the mentor assesses the success of the practical training. A student who fails to submit the final version of the practical training report within three months after the completion of the practical training shall be required to undertake the practical training again.
Deadline: 3 months after completion of practical training
Tasks of the Participants
Each student chooses the practical training according to his/her possibilities and interests. The practical training coordinator or a faculty mentor can help.
The student's tasks are:
- choosing the content of the practical training that suits their interests and the external organisation where they will do their practical training,
- choosing a faculty mentor,
- completing the internship to the required extent,
- following the instructions of the company mentor, the faculty mentor and the practical training coordinator,
- carrying out the tasks entrusted to him/her in a responsible manner,
- submitting all the necessary documentation on their work to the faculty mentor within the agreed deadline and keeping the relevant documentation on the course of the practical training (a training diary),
- working in compliance with workplace safety regulations and using appropriate protective equipment,
- protecting any business secrets of the practical training provider tha he/she learns of during the training,
- preparing the final report.
Tasks of the faculty mentor
- Together with a mentor in a company, he or she coordinates the execution of the programme,
- supervises the student's work from time to time,
- reviews the final report and assess the student.
Tasks of a company mentor
- Familiarises the student with the company and its field of work,
- informs the student of his/her rights and obligations during the training,
- ensures that the student's working conditions are appropriate (e.g. nutrition, occupational safety),
- ensures that the training is carried out in accordance with the agreed programme (assigning tasks, checking results),
- guides, directs and advises the student during practical training,
- works with a faculty mentor,
- issue an assessment of practical training.
- Accepts applications from students for practical training,
- chooses suitable companies willing to take students on for practical training,
- draws up training contracts between companies, students and FE,
- monitors the fulfilment of contractual obligations,
- maintains contacts with the companies where students are training,
- reviews the practical training report.