What stations have you passed through since then?
The training started with a two-month basic course on the topic 'metal technology in the training workshop'. There I got to know all about centre-punching, filing, sawing and much more. Our group was divided after that. I learned about automated processes such as milling and lathing, attended a pneumatics course and learned in the building installation course how to connect a lamp and install a socket. There is also the vocational training college that we attend every third week. There we learn the theory behind our practical tasks as well as programming languages and how to deal with current circuits, for example. After the Bodyshop specialist unit, my next stop now is the customer centre.
What is a mechatronic engineer`s task in the customer centre?
The deployments in the specialist units are all about getting to know the different facets of Mercedes-Benz. I am sure I will still be learning about the technology of vehicles in the customer centre. At the same time, customer contact will be a completely new experience for me. We are exposed to different application fields and get an impression of what our future job may look like. After my training, I could also decide to become a foreperson or start a technical course. At the moment, I am sure that I would like to have a future career in what I am doing now.
What is good teamwork in your opinion?
Reliability is very important. Both when it comes to doing the legwork for each other and together achieving good results as well as being there for each other, if something does not work out. You have to be able to rely on each other. This ensures good mutual trust, something, which is very important to me.
How do you experience Mercedes-Benz as an employer?
I wake up in the morning and look forward to my work. For me, Mercedes-Benz is a very good employer that won me over even during my holiday job. Everything is very informal with my trainee group as well as with the forepersons and training supervisors. At the same time, I appreciate the opportunities that Mercedes-Benz is offering me and that I am very well supported.
Keyword: Advancement of women: You have appeared at trade fairs and schools for Mercedes-Benz to help win over others to a traineeship. Do you see yourself as an ambassador for STEM careers?
I do, because as a woman I directly address the female target group. For example, I was recently at a fair where I said that I was initially worried about choosing a technical career, as I thought I would physically not be able to do it. But I work much more with my head than with my body. When I asked my audience at the end, whether what I said made a difference, a girl came to me and said: 'That all sounded really exciting, I am now interested in this area. I always thought that the career would be very physically demanding.' I am delighted to be able to win over girls to a STEM career. I notice that there is a big difference between how people imagine such careers and how the job actually is like in reality. The profession of a mechatronic engineer is still dominated by men, but the number of women is constantly increasing. This is great!