Student industrial placements abroad

In the Tollenaar Group there are four companies, which have specialised in machining metal sheets and plates and the production of pipes, profiles and sections. The supply of customised machine components is also an important core activity of our companies. Our group operates internationally and has branches in the Netherlands, South Africa and Germany.

Participate in an interesting industrial placement abroad in the Tollenaar Group!

What do we want to achieve?

Our customers develop advanced machines, which are to be placed on the market quickly. For this reason, we must revolutionise the processes in our companies so that we can become faster. This is the only way to support our customers optimally in the development process.

What we offer:

We offer industrial placements abroad in the Netherlands and South Africa. Acquire valuable practical experience abroad and extend your skills and knowledge. You will receive good support from experienced employees on site. We also pay a remuneration for the industrial placement and reimburse your travelling costs. You will also be issued a reference with a contact in Saxony, Germany. If you do well it is possible to start in a permanent position in South Africa, the Netherlands and/or Germany.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for 6 students in total, who want to acquire practical experience abroad as part of the higher education course. As the industrial placements are practical, it is not possible to use these openings for dissertations. Students can also experience the adventure of working abroad with us in pairs or threes.


If you are interested in one of these industrial placement positions, please send your application to this address!

Our offer of industrial placements abroad for the academic year 2014/2015

Task 1: IT / Programming

Our sister firm Tosec B.V. in Zwolle offers 2 industrial placement positions lasting 3 months for the following area of work:
Development and programming of a basic module for individual company software. As the software can be divided into additional modules, the objective will be defined individually according to your knowledge. The content of the project will be defined in joint discussions and following completion will be inserted in the basic module. In this way we can align our objectives with your own study objectives. You can also check the results of your work in practice while you are still on your industrial placement.

For this work you need:

  • Sound knowledge of at least one of these programming languages ( Java,, C#, C++)
  • Knowledge of SQL (MSSQL)
  • Additional knowledge of C++/QT is not a requirement but is an advantage
  • Good English skills are required (knowledge of Dutch is an advantage but not a requirement for an application)
  • Passion and pleasure in programming and developing

Task 2: Mechanical engineering

Tubecon, our sister firm in Pretoria, offers 2 industrial placements lasting 5 months for these tasks:
In our factory in South Africa we produce pipes, profiles and sections. We aim to develop and build our own straightening machine in order to improve the production processes still further. The content and objectives will be agreed individually on site, in order to achieve optimum learning success and to drive forward development of the machine.

For this industrial placement abroad you will need:

  • You are currently in higher education and are studying mechanical engineering
  • You are fully fluent in English
  • Enthusiasm and commitment

Task 3 – tailormade

Because we are a small group of companies, we can define a tailormade project for individual students (both in IT and in mechanical engineering). We take into account your passions and talents and together with you we organise a project that is in line with your skills and learning objectives. We have 2 openings for this. The industrial placement location and duration can be agreed individually.

Last edit: June 9th 2016