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Historical Background:
Around the turn of the 19th century, some 140,000 watches were produced annually in the northern “Waldviertel”, a region of Austria near the Czech border. These watches were made primarily by cottage industry. They were then sold by itinerant traders throughout the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. In 1873, the Imperial and Royal School for the Watch and Clockmaking Industry was founded in Karlstein.

Today the school features four divisions:


The Vocational School for Watchmakers

The Vocational School for Watchmakers is for watchmaker apprentices who come for vocational training for 10 weeks each in their first three years of training and for 5 weeks in their last 6 months of training. Because many students attending the vocational school come from all over Austria, they take advantage of the opportunity to live in our nearby boarding school.


The Technical School for Precision and Timekeeping Technology (age: 14 - 18)

Our school is the only full-time school for  precision and timekeeping technology  in Austria. The students we train learn how to make and replace watch parts. They learn how to repair old clocks and watches as well as how to restore and renovate their casings. Our students are not only enthusiastic about assembling impressive masterpieces but also enjoy using computers and electronic measuring devices.  After four years at our school students take the “skilled worker exam”. It is quite easy for our graduates to find good jobs because there is a great demand in Switzerland, Germany and overseas.



The Technical School for Mechatronics (age: 14 – 18)

The Technical School for Mechatronics trains specifically for industry. In times of rapid technical progress it is even more important to provide our students with a sound understanding of mechanics and electronics, because each step in automation requires both skills. Furthermore, general education plays a significant role in our training. Our students gain a lot of practical experience, because they have approximately half of their lessons in our well-equipped workshops and laboratories. After four years at our school students take the “skilled worker exam”.



The Secondary College for Mechatronics (age: 14 – 19)

In close cooperation with industry we have established a modern curriculum which meets its needs. As in practice, the interconnection of mechanics, hydraulics and electronics is important as each step in automation requires all three. Great importance is attached to both practical and theoretical knowledge (e.g. CAD, CNC, SMD,  SPS) and quality assurance which are all part of the curriculum. After five years this training concludes with final examinations called “Reifeprüfung” (technical A-levels/university entrance exam). After graduates have obtained three years of practical work experience they may receive the degree of engineer (Ing)


In order to enable students from more distant regions to attend our institute, a boarding school is attached. Qualified personnel are on duty for the students around-the-clock. The in-house kitchen offers delicious home-made meals.

For further information on programmes and enrolment, please contact us:

Phone: +43/2844/202

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