I am aware that in Germany if you get an equivalent of a British master's degree in engineering you get the title Dipl.-Ing..

I am also aware that in Germany that tends to precede the name, in much the same way as somebody in the UK with a PhD gets to call themselves Dr. Jones instead of plain old Mr. Is it acceptable to change this order from

Dipl.-Ing. Johann Schmitt


Johann Schmitt Dipl.-Ing.

Edited to answer questions:

We use a third party database for HR purposes. It is old and inflexible and does not currently support qualifications that go before the name. The Title field (Prof, Dr., Mr, etc.) is not free text and will not currently accept the German title. We are trying to decide whether it is acceptable for the German title to go at the end or whether it'd be enough of an excuse to reach into our pockets for a new HR database.

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    Why would you want to do that? Jun 2, 2014 at 12:20
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about German Language use not really specific to navigating the workplace. Jun 2, 2014 at 13:48
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    I can't remember seeing anyone use anything except "Dr." in front of their name. All lesser degrees are usually omitted. Jun 2, 2014 at 14:28
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    @Juha Untinen I see titles under "Dr." everyday, at least in Austria ;)
    – Étienne
    Jun 2, 2014 at 18:16
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    Don´t really understand the offtopic reason, but in Austria there is the Dipl.Ing. too and it is illegal to put it after the name.
    – deviantfan
    Jun 3, 2014 at 8:03

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A quick search shows that even the TU Dresden gets away with using "name lastname (Dipl.-Ing.)"

That is their default template for the profiles on their webpage.

I think you don't need to change the form.


  • Seconded, I saw the usag <Name>, Dipl. Ing. more often than the other way around.
    – mart
    Jun 2, 2014 at 14:53

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