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315.734 Commercial and Special Vehicles
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2023W, VO, 1.5h, 1.5EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 1.5
  • Credits: 1.5
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to:

  • understand and explain the essential characteristics and functions of a commercial vehicle and its main assemblies (frame, cab, powertrain, axles, suspension systems, brakes, steering and driver assistance systems).
  • describe the differences to the car in regard to heavy vehicles.
  • describe the commercial vehicle-specific components in detail.

Subject of course

Systematics and design concepts of commercial and special purpose vehicles. Discussion about main components of commercial vehicles, e.g. frame, axes, springs, powerpack, cab, brakes, steering and driver support electronics.

Teaching methods

As part of the block lecture, the assemblies will discussed in an interactive dialogue between the students and the teacher on the basis of an illustrated script. Typical examples of the different uses e.g. construction sites, agriculture, military wheeled and tracked vehicles as well as rally trucks are being discussed in detail and made understandable with videos. Following the course, a complete script will be distributed to the participants in the lecture and an excursion to a leading military vehicle manufacturer in Vienna will be offered in order to put the teaching content into practice.

Mode of examination




Course dates

09:00 - 17:0009.10.2023 - 11.10.2023Seminarraum BA 10B - MB Nutz- und Sonderfahrzeuge
Commercial and Special Vehicles - Single appointments
Mon09.10.202309:00 - 17:00Seminarraum BA 10B - MB Nutz- und Sonderfahrzeuge
Tue10.10.202309:00 - 17:00Seminarraum BA 10B - MB Nutz- und Sonderfahrzeuge
Wed11.10.202309:00 - 17:00Seminarraum BA 10B - MB Nutz- und Sonderfahrzeuge
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Written, two-hour exam on three dates which will be announced in TISS!



DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Fri08:00 - 10:0027.09.2024HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL written18.06.2024 08:00 - 25.09.2024 12:00TISSPrüfung "Nutz- und Sonderfahrzeuge" - 4. Termin WS2023/24

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
22.08.2023 08:00 08.10.2023 17:00


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 445 Mechanical Engineering Mandatory electiveSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management Mandatory electiveSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


A script (in German) will be available for download in TISS for registered students.