I was very much impressed by the openness and kindliness of my colleagues,
My combined engineering and business course, majoring in mechanical engineering, requires a practical internship in various areas. The aim is to underpin the theoretical knowledge gained from study with practical activities. When looking for a suitable company to join, I came across Viega, which is a top name worldwide in the sanitary and heating technology field.
Just a short time after I had submitted a written application to the Human Resources department, the Technical Training Manager called me in person to discuss the details.
In the early stages of my five-week internship I was able to experience complete production cycles, from the blank through to the finished product. Do you know how many hours it takes to complete an order in its entirety? Or did you know that a press applies several hundred tonnes of force to shape a heated bolt? I found out those things, and much else besides, in the first department I worked in.
In the tool shop, the theoretical subjects such as CAD or machine design that I knew from university took on a practical function. It was great to see that often difficult theory is indeed put into practice. I was allowed to do some things myself, under observation, writing some simple single program blocks for milling machines, and machining core strikes using different equipment. You soon realise that every employee bears responsibility, and that everyone shares in the company's success.
The Maintenance department brings new challenges every day that demand a creative response. Is a lathe in the machining section faulty, or has a robot malfunctioned? A crane is used to remove the complete unit, which is then dismantled in the workshop. Interns are allowed to do plenty more than just watch! Commitment is key, because everyone joins in finding a solution to the problem. If the solution is not immediately obvious, a degree of creativity is called for – including from the interns!
What made a very positive impression on me was the friendly and open way in which all the staff at Viega treated me. My ideas were considered where feasible, and all my questions were answered. The general climate in all the departments, and among them, was respectful and family-like. During my five weeks in the Viega team I felt respected, and that I belonged there, so leaving was quite difficult.
An internship at Viega not only helps college students put their theoretical knowledge into practice. School pupils can also discover what kind of career might be right for them by engaging in practical activities.