Vocational College of Mechanical and Wood Engineering

Who we are

  • SCHOOL CENTRE ŠKOFJA LOKA, Vocational College of Mechanical and Wood Engineering
  • study of mechanical engineering and wood engineering
  • full-time and part-time study
  • professional vocational education in Škofja Loka since 1889
  • vocational college since the academic year 2004/2005

Mission and Vision

  • being recognized as a quality institution educating young people and adults in higher vocational education in mechanical engineering and wood engineering
  • adapting to changes in the environment by updating and developing educational programmes
  • participating in development projects with companies
  • encouraging excellence in all fields of our activity

Why higher vocational education

Because you acquire new knowledge and competences.

Because you advance from service providers to process planners and supervisors, and you obtain:

professional knowledge which allows you to independently perform work processes

‘soft’ skills for process and project management.

Because you learn how to study: independent searching and studying of resources, analyzing data and making quality decisions.

Because you have a better chance of future employment.

Because you can pursue your studies in higher education programmes all the way to…

Course of study


presentation and interpretation of the study materials

Seminar exercises (compulsory)

  • seminar exercises: group work in lecture rooms involving a lecturer or instructor and students
  • laboratory work: practical examples with calculations, use of various computer software, laboratory and measuring equipment, machine tools and other devices 

Online classrooms

  • basic source for study materials: notes and summaries of lectures, instructions and materials for exercises
  • submission of seminar papers, reports and presentations


professional literature, manuals, journals, materials available online

Praktično izobraževanje


  • 40% of total study obligations
  • 400 hours of work in a company in each academic year


  • in a company and with the participation of a mentor.


  • implementing and upgrading knowledge and skills in the entrepreneurial environment
  • learning about key processes in a company
  • being able to transfer knowledge into practice.
  • meeting (potential) employers


  • selection and processing of the topic for the diploma thesis.
  • employment

Project work

Forms of practical training

  • is performed at school to the same extent as practical training
  • international projects in cooperation with schools, institutions and companies from Slovenia, Germany, Italy

Successful actual projects

  • VACIDE Project – the Thor robot
  • construction and manufacture of a six-axis robot
  • 3D scanner usage and reverse engineering

Knowledge assessment, progression to a higher year and completion of the study

Knowledge assessment

Exam: written or oral

Condition: completed exercises – attendance at exercises, positively assessed seminar papers, reports

Examination periods: three regular examination periods in each academic year

Grades: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

ECTS points: each exam is evaluated by ECTS points – 1 point represents 25 to 30 hours of study (lectures, exercises, independent work, exam preparation): 3 to 6 points per examination; 14 points for practical training

Progression to a higher year and completion of the study

Progression requirements for the second year: completed study obligations in the amount of at least 45 ECTS and completed practical training

Repeating a year: completed study obligations in the amount of at least 20 ECTS and completed practical training

Completion of the study: all exams and the diploma paper successfully accomplished

Diploma paper:  written diploma paper and a defence

Access to further study: first-cycle professional or academic undergraduate study programmes