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"At Mercedes-Benz, I gather experience for life."

Following his intermediate school examination in 2021, Eike Kappenberger started his vocational training to become a vehicle mechatronic engineer with a focus on system and HV technology. In his interview, he tells us what he likes most at Mercedes-Benz and what experiences he has gathered so far.

Hi, Eike. Three years ago, you started your vocational training as a vehicle mechatronic engineer at Mercedes-Benz. Why did you choose this vocational training?

I've always loved tinkering around with machinery, so an apprenticeship in the area of motor vehicles was perfect for me. I like the fact that I now know as much about conventional drives as I do about hybrid and electric vehicles.

What are your tasks right now?

I'm currently working in the specialist department responsible for the final assembly of major assemblies. This is where the chassis is positioned and then joined with the body at the wedding station. This requires manual dexterity. I find it particularly exciting to see how vehicles with different drive types run on the same line. At the same time, I'm also preparing for my theory and practical exams coming up soon here in Rastatt.

What has been the highlight of your time here at Mercedes-Benz so far?

Right when I started my apprenticeship, we had the chance to take an engine apart and then put it back together. That was really cool because it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and there was a real sense of success when the engine was working again afterwards.

When you think of Mercedes-Benz as your employer, what's the first thing that comes to your mind?

There are many things. Above all, the conditions for salary and holidays are great and we have flexible working models. Here at Mercedes-Benz, I also have lots of opportunities to developmyself. I can imagine becoming a manager one day, for example.

What is the most valuable experience you have gained so far as a trainee here?

I'm proud that I can work independently in many areas and that I've already gained so much knowledge, which is good – after all, a vehicle mechatronic engineer shouldn't have to take their own vehicle to the workshop [laughs]. Another valuable experience is having the opportunity to work alongside my colleagues, because we always help each other and have also become friends. And our trainers are also there to help and advise us, which is really great. I have learnt the importance of mutual respect to ensure that we can work together effectively. I was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago, so I was a bit worried at the start of my apprenticeship how well I would cope with this. But I have the full support of all my colleagues, line managers and teachers both in the plant and at the vocational college, and they all show consideration for me when it counts.

"I like the fact that I now know as much about conventional drives as I do about hybrid and electric vehicles."
"I like the fact that I now know as much about conventional drives as I do about hybrid and electric vehicles."
"I'm currently working in the specialist department responsible for the final assembly of major assemblies. This is where the chassis is positioned and then joined with the body at the wedding station."
"I'm currently working in the specialist department responsible for the final assembly of major assemblies. This is where the chassis is positioned and then joined with the body at the wedding station."
"Here at Mercedes-Benz, I also have lots of opportunities to develop myself. I can imagine becoming a manager one day, for example."
"Here at Mercedes-Benz, I also have lots of opportunities to develop myself. I can imagine becoming a manager one day, for example."
"I like the fact that I now know as much about conventional drives as I do about hybrid and electric vehicles."
"I'm currently working in the specialist department responsible for the final assembly of major assemblies. This is where the chassis is positioned and then joined with the body at the wedding station."
"Here at Mercedes-Benz, I also have lots of opportunities to develop myself. I can imagine becoming a manager one day, for example."
Eike is a vehicle mechatronic engineer through and through, so his vocational training choice was a natural step for him. When he's not spending time with friends tinkering around on a lawn mower, his car or his motorcycle, Eike enjoys going to the gym.