A day in the life of a mechatronics specialist
Training always begins with a "trainee trip" for all new trainees and students, allowing them to get to know one another and make new friends. Trainees and students are also given an introduction to the airports and the company, facilitating their entry into the world of work. Once the introductions are over with, all new mechatronics technicians start their basic training The training programme to become a mechatronics technician began in August 2008. Every year from the very beginning, the company has taken on a number of motivated young applicants. In January and February 2012, the first four mechatronics technicians successfully completed their three-and-a-half-year training and subsequently received a contract of employment. Training always begins with a "trainee trip" for all new trainees and students, allowing them to get to know one another and make new friends. Trainees and students are also given an introduction to the airports and the company, facilitating their entry into the world of work. Once the introductions are over with, all new mechatronics technicians start their basic training – at the moment, still in Berlin-Tegel. This is also where we gained an initial understanding of electrical engineering, which has been deepened through various projects such as building power supplies and line locators. In addition, we learnt how to solder, so we could build our own sequential light circuits and measure currents, resistances and voltages. Furthermore, we learnt how to handle different metals, starting with exciting processes such as filing, sawing and drilling, then making parts on the turning and milling machine, to sheet metalworking, e.g. on the sheet metal folder and forge. Basic training is also given in various welding processes. This includes making different parts and us having to put our newly acquired knowledge to the test. Theoretical training was simultaneously given in the vocational school. As up-and-coming mechatronics technicians, we also received training from our cooperative partner AEG Signum. Besides pneumatic, hydraulic and PLC training, we were trained in how to use the CNC milling machine and the CNC turning machine, which also prepared us for our exam. The first part of the final exam was held in the second year of training and the second part at the end of the training period. Each trainee could reduce their training time to three years by achieving very good grades.
But before that, we were taken on a tour of the technical workshop. Besides the lighting and metalworking shop, we were also able to gain an insight into the work of the electrical workshop. Working on a variety of tasks, including the baggage conveyor system, lighting, jetways and the root zone wastewater treatment plant, demonstrated our versatility as a mechatronics technician. We were employed in each of these areas for an extended period, so that we could get a good idea of the tasks carried out by the relevant department and thus have the opportunity to decide where we might eventually want to work.
The final exams were upon us much faster than expected. This called for a lot of dedication from us mechatronics technicians. For it was time to choose an exam topic in the form of a company assignment from one of the respective areas of work and write a comprehensive report on the practical work to be carried out, which was also part of the final exam. A contract of employment with Berlin Brandenburg Airport should provide sufficient motivation for the final hurdle in the training.
Qualified trainee mechatronics technician