The second part of our report series "Trainees in Interviews" deals with the industrial mechanic, which is one of the most popular apprenticeships in Germany. During the three-years of training, the young people gain a comprehensive insight into the manufacture of components for machines and the use of materials. Michael Heßdörfer works at WEGMANN automotive and is already in his second year of training. In an interview, he told us what such a typical working day looks like and what he particularly likes about WEGMANN automotive.
Why did you decide to train as an industrial mechanic?
The training as an industrial mechanic is very practice-oriented and really promising. I find it exciting that there are a lot of opportunities for further training afterwards, for example training to become a technician or master craftsman.
And why at WEGMANN automotive?
There were various reasons for this. On the one hand, the working environment convinced me. The tools are always in the right place and all the machines needed for the training are available in sufficient quantities. This makes it particularly easy to try out new things. On the other hand, the benefits for employees are really good. Not only have I received a smartphone, but also the contract that goes along with it. WEGMANN also sponsors the Würzburger Kickers. This has the advantage that I can watch a game with friends for free after working.
What does a typical working day look like for you?
Typically, I start my work by carrying out maintenance work on machines. There are plans in which the trainees are entered. After that there are new orders from our department manager every day. Thus we produce various spare parts for the production machines. These can be bolts, bearings or guide rails made of steel or brass.
But you are not only in the company, you also have to attend vocational school. How often do you attend vocational school and what subjects do you study?
It's always a bit different. As a rule, I spend 7-8 weeks in the company and then 2 weeks in vocational school. In addition to the basic subjects such as German, English or social studies, I have the job-related subjects of components, production engineering and maintenance. These are very important and serve as a theoretical basis for what I then apply at WEGMANN.
What do you particularly like about WEGMANN automotive?
I particularly like the fact that 5S work design is used here. This is a method for keeping workplaces clean and tidy. This guarantees better processes, especially in production, because for example the tools are always in the right place, ready to hand, or material is sorted according to size, weight and type. The training courses offered are also great. I was already allowed to attend a training event on the subject of pneumatics - that was very interesting.
Thank you very much for the exciting interview, Michael!
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About WEGMANN automotive GmbH
With a production volume of more than one billion parts per year, WEGMANN automotive is the leader in the world market for balance weights designed for use in passenger cars, freight vehicles, buses and a variety of industrial applications. The company is a supplier to all the big names in the automotive world as well as to the leading spare parts retailer organizations in America, Europe and Asia.
WEGMANN automotive is a member of the Wegmann Group, which also includes Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Schleifring. The Group, which is based in Munich, has a global workforce of more than 5,500 employees.