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German Technical Translation

Online glossaries & resources for German technical translation

German technical translation is another very specialized translation field.

With sub-specializations in IT, manufacturing, engineering etc., many German translators who work in the field of technical translation do no other type of translation – they are in great demand in industry, science and IT.

Germany's reputation as a hotbed of technical innovation is both deserved and legendary, and “Made in Germany” is an accepted seal of quality worldwide.

Working as a German technical translator offers great career prospects for linguists with a technical background, or with a keen interest in science and technology.

Here are some useful links to good glossaries of German technical terms and technology lists for electrical, mechanical and civil engineering, maths, IT and other related fields.

I hope they help!


Industrial Engineering:

  • Dictindustry –  This glossary is great, a real in-depth source of specialised industrial terms compiled by translation agency Techni-Translate. Includes samples of each term in use taken from in-house agency translations. Draws on DG Translation database of technical translations.

Mechanical engineering:

  • Item glossary - Published by item Industrietechnik GmbH with around 26,000 keywords. Translates in both directions and gives very helpful detailed explanation of each term and its meaning. 
  • Wörterbuch Tiefbohren - Deep Drilling, Hosted by BGTB GmbH, this is a short glossary of terms used in deep drilling.
  • FEMFMFriction Materials. Published by the Federation of European Manufacturers of Friction Materials, German & English terms, as well as French, Italian and Spanish.


  • Fachlexikon Mechatronik - 250,000 technical terms, designed for students and those working in the field of mechatronic and related areas. Indicates context for use of each term.


  • Automobilindustrie Wörterbuch – Joint project by several companies in the automotive industry, covering 16-related automotive fields. Currently includes 2,650 German terms, translated into 6 languages,  and draws on respected range of lexographic sources in the industry. 
  • Vector Automotive Electronics. Vector is an established automotive electronics developer. Terms available in 6 languages including German.


  •  INIS– International Nuclear Information System, published by IAEA.org, and offering a multilingual database of terms used in the nuclear industry.



TIP! German technical translators often work with very similar texts - often in a fairly narrow niche. This makes translation programs or CAT tools invaluable. They help reduce translation time, enhance consistency & boost output.


  • dh Materialien - English/German and German/English maths dictionary .

  • Mathe Online Lexikon, for secondary schools, universities and distance learning - explanation of mathematical terms, only in German.

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