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.

2020W, VO, 1.5h, 1.5EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 1.5
  • Credits: 1.5
  • Type: VO Lecture
  • Format: Distance Learning

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

15:00 - 18:0023.11.2020 - 25.11.2020 (LIVE)Nutz- und Sonderfahrzeuge
15:00 - 18:0030.11.2020 - 02.12.2020 (LIVE)Nutz- und Sonderfahrzeuge
Commercial and Special Vehicles - Single appointments
Mon23.11.202015:00 - 18:00 Nutz- und Sonderfahrzeuge
Tue24.11.202015:00 - 18:00 Nutz- und Sonderfahrzeuge
Wed25.11.202015:00 - 18:00 Nutz- und Sonderfahrzeuge
Mon30.11.202015:00 - 18:00 Nutz- und Sonderfahrzeuge
Tue01.12.202015:00 - 18:00 Nutz- und Sonderfahrzeuge
Wed02.12.202015:00 - 18:00 Nutz- und Sonderfahrzeuge
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

Written, two-hour exam on three dates. The dates will be announced in the lecture (usually the exams will be held in the months of January, March and December, but that may vary from year to year!)


Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
17.08.2020 08:00 19.11.2020 12:00 19.11.2020 12:00


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 445 Mechanical Engineering STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management STEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


Script (in German) available for download on TISS for registered users only.