A worthwhile experience
Hello, my name is Diana, and I am currently studying industrial engineering on a cooperative study program. When I graduated from high school, I knew that I didn’t want to just study at a university or university of applied sciences. I wanted to combine theory and practice. This was the reason I opted for a cooperative study program. I immediately enjoyed the variety of moving between practical tasks in the company to lectures at the Cooperative State University. It is also advantageous to have a foot in the door at the company, and to have your own income, and thus be able to become independent more quickly.
I chose the industrial engineering course because I didn't want to complete a purely technical or a purely commercial study program. I was interested in combining the two, and this course appealed to me as a result. My decision was also influenced by the fact that this is a course with a future.
My primary motivation for choosing SEW-EURODRIVE was that it is a large family-owned business that can offer me a range of opportunities. Companies like this offer everyone the chance to find a field that suits their own requirements and skillsets. Even at the many information events before I started studying and in the early days of my course, I was impressed by the atmosphere in the company, and I felt right at home.
"What I like about the projects we undertake during our practical placements is that we are given concrete targets, and we can actively change something. The solutions that come out of these projects are generally implemented in the company rather than just being thrown out."
As an industrial engineer your assignments at SEW-EURODRIVE can be extremely varied and you therefore have the opportunity to take on a wide range of projects. These frequently relate to optimization projects, where you analyze an existing internal process and devise solutions for improvement. You develop solution proposals and then implement these in practice. The projects frequently have a technical background. However, they can also relate to issues in sales or marketing, which are less technical and involve more commercial aspects.
Examples of projects I have been involved in at SEW-EURODRIVE include conducting tests on SEW-EURODRIVE's international websites and optimizing them, creating an intranet portal for students and trainees, research on the pioneering field of Industry 4.0 and a project for processing cutting-edge components in SMD production for electronics manufacturing.
In the first semester of the industrial engineering study program you complete six weeks of basic training in metalwork at SEW's own training workshop in Graben-Neudorf. This training includes both basic manual skills, such as filing, sawing, scribing and thread tapping as well as metalworking using milling machines, drills and lathes. It is a great experience, and is essential to understanding how small the tolerances are when producing certain workpieces, for example.
All in all, I have to say that SEW-EURODRIVE is a great company that sets a great deal of stock in helping young people. You become part of a larger community, and gain experiences that are most definitely worthwhile.