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The hydraulic engineering is the designation of a profession that can only be learned in Germany in the waterways and shipping administration of the federal government and in the water associations of the states. Hydraulic engineers build, inspect and maintain federal and state waterways , as well as their structures and systems in inland and coastal areas. These include revetments (bank reinforcements), locks , weirs , dams , dykes and control structures such as groynes and stabilizers. They are also responsible for maintaining the so-called routes. On these stretches they are responsible for tree controls, felling work, mowing and painting work as well as signs and fairway buoys.


The training to become a hydraulic engineer usually lasts three years. The school-based and inter-company training takes place in blocks in the 2 vocational training centers of the water and shipping administration in Koblenz and Kleinmachnow.


  • Qualified secondary school leaving certificate or secondary school leaving certificate (depending on the employer)
  • good knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics and German
  • Health certificate and swimming certificate (German youth swimming badge bronze / free swimmer)

Promotion and further training opportunities

  • Shift supervisor in the lock service
  • Building supervision
  • foreman
  • Hydraulic engineer
  • Procurement specialist
  • Barge operator (sailor doing labor on watercraft)
  • Tree controller
  • Construction technician specializing in civil engineering
  • Engineer civil engineering and water management (with high school diploma)

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