The third part of our report series "Apprentices in Interviews" deals with the training as a machine and plant operator.
This profession is indispensable for production - for example, machines are set up, operated and serviced. The machines and plant operators are responsible for converting and maintaining machines. This is an elementary step with every new innovation. Kevin told us in an interview which tasks a machine and plant operator trainee will have to perform and whats special about WEGMANN automotive.
Why did you decide to train as a machine and plant operator?
Everything revolves around the machines in production with this apprenticeship. You get to know them down to the last detail during the two-year training. I think that's very exciting, because practice-orientation was important to me.
And why at WEGMANN automotive?
Many factors led me to WEGMANN automotive. My career counselor knew the company as an excellent training center. That sparked my interest. When I searched for more information, I found out that the company is the world market leader for balancing weights. I found that impressive. The opportunity to learn from a world market leader and the fact that WEGMANN is an OEM supplier with its products is very promising.
I was also convinced by the employee benefits. For example, I got a smartphone with a suitable contract. And the health of the employees is really important to WEGMANN - there are free tickets for the gym, sports programs and much more.
What does a typical working day look like for you?
At the moment I work in the tool shop and am trained on a turning machine. After such a briefing I then get exercises but also real jobs. I enjoy working on this machine very much - steel is clamped there and the material is slimmed down until it is exactly the right size to the millimetre.
In the next apprenticeship year, I will also be working in production, where I will use the produced spare parts.
But you're not only in the company, you also have to go to vocational school. How often do you attend vocational school and what subjects do you study?
Vocational school takes place in blocks. After 2 months in the company I attend school for 2 weeks - so the focus is clearly on practice. These job-related subjects include production engineering, maintenance and components. There are also basic subjects such as German, English or religion.
What do you particularly like about WEGMANN automotive?
What's great is that the 5S principle is applied. With this method, the tool is always in the right place and tidy. In addition, a friendly and open way of dealing with each other is lived out every day - I really like this work ethic.
I can also learn a lot from my instructor and he is always ready to help if I have any questions. I get my assignments from him and can then cope with them independently - so there is no strict division and processing.
Thank you very much for the exciting interview, Kevin!
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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.