RWTH Certificate Course Chief Technology Manager (Aachen)

Sucessfully Designing Strategic Technology and Innovation Management

Identify successful approaches to technology and innovation management for the effective identification, evaluation and development of new technologies. On this basis, design a consistent strategy and derive your future fields of action. Test the knowledge gained in practical exercises to develop innovative business models for your individual market success on this basis.

Study format:
Certificate Course
5 Days
20.-24. Februrary 2023
Credit Points:
2 ECTS (60 Hrs. Workload)
Course fees:
4,200 € incl. lunch, course materials & social program, excl. overnight stay/arrival & departure
RWTH Executive Certificate

You will learn:

  • Field-tested methods for the systematic design of a strategic technology and innovation management
  • Interfaces to business model innovations and agile technology development
  • Solidification of newly-acquired knowledge in practical exercises on the basis of a continuous case study
  • Best practices from industrial practice

Contents of the Training

You will be enabled to implement successful approaches of technology and innovation management in your own company. Our lecturers from science and consulting explain theoretical foundations and present successful approaches from science as well as from industrial practice: From the creation of a consistent technology strategy, the identification of new technologies and their targeted development to the development of business model innovations for the successful implementation of products in the market.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Technology and Innovation Management as a Success Factor

  • Arrival Welcome and Introduction
  • Success Factor Technology & Innovation Management
  • Interaction of Innovation & Technology Management
  • Understanding Your Own Business Model

Competence Analysis and Competence-based Diversification

  • Systematic Recording and Analysis of own Abilities and Competencies I & II
  • Technology & Competency-based Diversification
  • Analysis of Market &Technology Environment & Aligning the Technology Future I

Environmental Analysis, Development of New Business Models and
the Technology Strategy

  • Analysis of Market & Technology Environment & Aligning the Technology Future II
  • Development of New Business Models
  • Development of a Technology Strategy I & II

Technology Scouting and Monitoring, integr. Technology Planning and Agile Technology Development

  • Technology Scouting and Monitoring
  • Integrated Technology Planning I
  • Integrated Technology Planning II
  • Agile Technology Development

Outlook Technology and Innovation Management and Exam

  • The Aachen Vision of Technology and Innovation Management
  • Exam
  • Final Discussion
  • Awarding of Certificates

Methods used:

  • The focus is on case studies and exercises in which participants concretize and apply the theoretical principles.
  • In addition to lectures and practice-oriented exercises, there are numerous opportunities for professional and personal exchange as well as networking during the course during joint evening events.

The professionally organized and compactly structured course combines the theoretical background knowledge with the practical application very clearly. The applied case study as well as the numerous practical examples deepen the understanding of models, tools and methods enormously. Already during the course, some aspects became apparent that I would like to implement immediately in my company. The course can therefore be clearly recommended as a preparatory or further training measure for anyone working in the innovation environment.

Raoul Bierwirth, Zentis Holding GmbH

Lecturers of the Certificate Course Chief Technology Manager

Chief Technology Manager Lecturer Dipl.-Ing. Toni Drescher

Dipl.-Ing. Toni Drescher
Head of Department Operational Technology Management of the Fraunhofer IPT

In addition to his work at the Fraunhofer IPT, Dipl.-Ing. Toni Drescher is head of the Invention Center at the RWTH Aachen Campus and CEO of KEX Knowledge Exchange AG, which provides scanning, scouting and monitoring of technologies and markets for companies by means of extensive access to information sources and subject matter experts as well as an intelligent knowledge management system.

Chief Technology Manager Lecturer Leonard Cassel M.Sc.

Leonard Cassel, M.Sc.
Project Manager Strategic Technology Management of the Fraunhofer IPT

Leonard Cassel has been working at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT since 2019 and is responsible for the topics of technology management and the use of data-driven technologies in manufacturing companies as a project manager for strategic technology management. He is also doing a doctorate on the topic of implementing artificial intelligence in production.

Scientific Lead

Scientific director Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Günther Schuh

Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Günther Schuh is director of the Fraunhofer IPT and the WZL Machine Tool Laboratory at RWTH Aachen University.
His research focuses on innovation management, technology management, production management, factory planning and corporate development.

Participation Requirements and Target Group

  • The Chief Technology Manager certificate course is aimed at specialists and managers from technology-oriented companies.
  • The following areas are of particular interest: research and development, technology and innovation management, new business development & strategy, production, and technical purchasing and management.
  • The number of participants is limited to 20 persons, so that an efficient knowledge transfer in the dialogue between the participants and lecturers is guaranteed.

Course Completion

You will receive an officially recognized executive certificate "Chief Technology Manager" from RWTH Aachen University. The achievements within the certificate course are consistently marked with the Europe-wide valid instrument "European Credit Transfer Systems" (ECTS): It is possible for these to be credited to other certified courses or even to subsequent university studies.

Certificate handover

After the Course Completion

In addition to the Fine Blanking course, we offer a variety of other certificate courses, seminars & workshops in different subject areas - e.g. Technology Management, Quality Management, Electrification & Mobility and Robotics & Industry 4.0.
We would be happy to advise you regarding your next RWTH continuing education!

Further Certificate Courses, Seminars & Workshops

Why take the Course Chief Technology Manager at the RWTH International Academy?

  • Imparting practice-relevant and applicable knowledge in technology management as well as for the systematic development of business model innovations.
  • In-depth knowledge of methods and tools for the sustainable implementation of processes in your company
    Reference to current problems of companies from practice
  • Projection of what you have learned to your own professional field or your own company
  • Learning from best practice examples from industry as well as through the interdisciplinary exchange of experience
    in the network


Looking for a place to stay during your continuing education with us in Aachen? Why not check in at our boarding house at Elisabethstraße 13:

  • close to the City-Center
  • very good connection to us in the cluster production technology
  • room approx. 20m², completely furnished with kitchenette and private bathroom
Housing Elisabethstraße

Funding Opportunities

If you live/work in Germany, there are some opportunities for government funding of your continuing education. Financial and time support is offered, for example

  • the individual federal states (e.g. through Bildungsscheck or QualiCheck)
  • the education premium
  • the educational leave
Grant application

Inhouse Possibility

The course, or parts of it, would also be interesting for your entire team/your company? Then applies: our team for your team! We would be happy to advise you on the possibility of an inhouse course. Give us a call or write to us - we will tailor your further training to suit your needs!

Tanja Lux Business Development

Tanja Lux
Head of Business Development
+49 241 80 97860
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Juliane Wiemann Business Development

Laura Noske
Program Manager
Tel.: +49 241 80 97865
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