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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” 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!


1.   Dictindustry – Industrial Engineering  

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.

2.  Transcom - Metrology and automation

Published by Endress + Hauser and unfortunately in PDF format - use PDF search function. Over 2600 terms and definitions in English and German. Published 2000.

3.  Item glossary - Mechanical engineering

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.

4. Tranzmatic technical dictionary - Automation

40,000 terms taken from the fields of automation, controls, optical scanning devices, RF devices, software and diesel motors.

5. Dictionary of Structural Engineering - Structural Engineering

Published by the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences in Konstanz, Germany.

6. Dictionary of Civil and Construction Engineering - Civil & Construction Engineering

Published by the University of Applied Sciences in Deggendorf, Germany.

7. FEMFM – Friction Materials

Published by the Federation of European Manufacturers of Friction Materials, German & English terms, as well as French, Italian and Spanish.

8.  Fachlexikon Mechatronik - Mechatronics

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.

9.  Automobilindustrie Wörterbuch Automotive

Joint project by several companies in the automotive industry, covering 16-related automotive fields. Currently includes 3,000 German terms and draws on respected range of lexographic sources in the industry.

10. INIS Nuclear

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

11. Vector Automotive Electronics

Vector is an established automotive electronics developer. Terms available in 6 languages including German.

12.  Wörterbuch Tiefbohren - Deep Drilling

Hosted by BGTB GmbH, this is a short glossary of terms used in deep drilling.


1. Microsoft’s terminology database - the official translation for all your German and English keyboard commands. A vital resource!

2. A dictionary of common computing terms - only English to German.

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.


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

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

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