Spare parts, diagnostics, workshop equipment, workshop concepts

Anniversary of advanced automotive-technology training For 10 years now, the Bosch Service Training Center in Plochingen teaches versatile workshop knowledge Practical trainings about more than 100 topics

  • Every year, more than 4 000 participants make use of the range offered by the Bosch Service Training Center in Plochingen
  • The range of courses is updated regularly in order to adapt it to the needs of automotive workshops
  • Groups of a maximum of 16 participants on up to four vehicles allow effective trainings with a high amount of practical content
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  • May 11, 2015
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Plochingen/Germany – Ten years ago, the modern new building of the Bosch Service Training Center (STC) in Plochingen near Stuttgart was inaugurated. On an annual base, up to 4 000 participants from automotive workshops and trade take part in diverse Bosch trainings at the technically well-equipped training rooms and workshops. In addition, some 2 000 automotive mechanics participate in the advanced trainings wholesalers offer all over Germany on behalf of Bosch. These trainings are also coordinated by the Service Training Center.

In 2010, an extension building was added to the Service Training Center which is since used to complement the program by theoretical and practical trainings of workshop-relevant topics concerning wheels, tires and chassis. Besides the trainings at the STC in Plochingen, Bosch also offers trainings for automotive workshops in 41 Bosch Service Training Centers in 35 countries around the world.

Practical advanced vocational training with latest learning methods
Throughout the last years, the demand for highly qualified cross-manufacturer advanced training has risen constantly. The Bosch Service Training Center looks back on a success story lasting for ten years already. During this time, it has constantly been enhanced. This includes the continuous expansion of the range of trainings offered by the STC – e.g. by adding truck trainings – thus complementing it by recent workshop-related topics such as latest e-learning methods as well as the alignment with the needs of both automotive workshops and participants by means of the online booking platform.

Cross-manufacturer system trainings with a lot of practical examples
Highly qualified Bosch experts teach technical and workshop-oriented know-how closely linked to the daily business at the workshop. The trainings cover topics concerning vehicle systems such as injection systems or exhaust gas treatment – in a manner which is completely detached from individual vehicle makes. In addition to the theoretical part, more than half of the trainings consist of practical work on the vehicle. For this purpose, the STC has a special vehicle fleet at its hands, which includes vehicles from several manufacturers. On these vehicles, a maximum of 16 course participants can train and practice systematic troubleshooting as well as maintenance and repair tasks. For that, the trainers use realistic cases from everyday work at the workshop. The trainings in Plochingen are complemented by e-learning possibilities – such as web-based trainings, multimedia presentations or the Virtual Diagnosis Simulation – allowing the participants to further deepen the theoretical knowledge at home.

Range of trainings is updated continuously
In 2015, new trainings such as motorcycle technology with Bosch Esitronic Bike, CP4 testing and maintenance as well as high-voltage technology were included in the program offered. The range also contains commercial trainings – for instance, for sales of passenger-car tires and services to end consumers –and trainings concerning customer communication for complaint management. Including Bosch vehicle technician for high-voltage technology, a recent apprenticeship series was also integrated into the program. In addition, during the anniversary year, there is also a new multimedia presentation about diagnostic systems in Mercedes vehicles on the example of a Class A Mercedes. The complete range of courses and the online registration for the respective trainings are available online at

The Automotive Aftermarket division (AA) provides the aftermarket and repair shops worldwide with a complete range of diagnostic and repair shop equipment and a wide range of spare parts – from new and exchange parts to repair solutions – for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Its product portfolio includes products made as Bosch original equipment, as well as aftermarket products and services developed and manufactured in-house. More than 18,000 associates in 150 countries, as well as a global logistics network, ensure that some 650,000 different spare parts reach customers quickly and on time. In its “Automotive Service Solutions” operations, AA supplies testing and repair-shop technology, diagnostic software, service training, and information services. In addition, the division is responsible for the “Bosch Service” repair-shop franchise, one of the world’s largest independent chains of repair-shops, with some 17,000 workshops. In addition, AA is responsible for more than 1,000 “AutoCrew” partners.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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