Marvin Limbacher in an interview
Marvin Limbacher (23) successfully completed his apprenticeship as an industrial clerk at Hübner Giessen in January 2020. And he is staying with us – working in sales. There are three reasons why he chose this option: Stimulating tasks, super teammates and a job offer working in his favourite department.
How did you feel when you began your apprenticeship?
It was a huge difference in comparison with going to school. I attended vocational college two days a week for six hours at a time. On the other three days I worked full time in the company. In the first month I worked in the production department. That is where I first got to know the products Hübner actually manufactures. It was a fantastic start, because it enabled me to understand a lot of things much better.
What pleased you most during your apprenticeship?
I thought the team of trainers were super and I found the insights working in all of the departments to be invaluable. I worked in purchasing and sales as well as in the development and production departments. I also got to know marketing and accounts. And we apprentices did a lot together. I also made good use of the subsidized gym membership.
Why are you staying at Hübner Giessen?
I enjoyed the apprenticeship from the very beginning, plus I was given a lot of freedom to do my work. In my final year as an apprentice I was able to work in my favourite department for five months. I get along extremely well with my colleagues in sales. When my boss offered me a job working in-house in the sales office, I accepted immediately. And now, I have a lot of responsibility: I draw up quotes, look after customers and I am an integral part of the team.
Mirco Stanzel in an interview
Mirco Stanzel (23) successfully completed his degree apprenticeship Master of Engineering at Hübner Giessen in July 2020. Now, after having completed his studies he will be remaining with us. Mirco Stanzel will in future continue to work on exciting design and development projects.
Mirco, you completed your Bachelor's degree apprenticeship with us at Hübner Giessen. What are the differences to a Master's?
In addition to greater specialization, there are also differences in organizational aspects. The specialist content goes deeper into the subject matter covered during the Bachelor’s course. Of course there are whole new subjects that are only dealt with while studying for a Master’s degree. Above all, competences are expanded and deepened in the field of research and development of complex technical systems.
Master's courses in StudiumPlus are organized alongside vocational work. That means that in contrast to a Bachelor degree apprenticeship, lectures and practical work phases in the company do not take place alternately, but alongside one another. While studying for a Bachelor’s degree, the practical work phases take place during university vacations; during the semester, students attend university full time. During the Master’s course, the lectures, practical work phases and everyday working life are dovetailed. Lectures are held mostly every two weeks on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; the student/apprentice goes to work as normal in the company on the other days, while the content of the practical work phases benefit their academical studies.
What tasks did you have during your practical work phases at Hübner Giessen?
I worked on a total of three projects while studying for a Master’s degree, two for the practical work phases and one for the Master's thesis. All of the projects were chosen together with Hübner Giessen, so the topics were both of interest to me and also beneficial to the company. That also enabled me to become integrated in the practical work processes in the company. The projects fitted in well with my tasks during everyday working life in the development department at Hübner.
For example, during the first practical work phase while studying for my Master's degree I worked on a solution for monitoring the status of roller bearings based on an analytical model. When writing my Master's thesis, I examined monitoring bearing statuses in more detail utilizing measurement techniques such as vibration and acoustic measurements and also compared the measurement methods with one another.
My tasks while studying for a Bachelor’s degree included working on a manufacturing process analysis of an optical encoder; this gave me a broader perspective and enabled me to get to know and better understand the processes in the company. And, I was able to contribute towards improving company processes. During the practical work phases, I was also able to take a good look at typical topics in mechanical engineering. For example, they included optimizing vibration damping of adapter shafts as well as the development and construction of a bearing test stand.
How do you envision your future career after having successfully completed your Master’s degree?
There are of course many career opportunities open to a Master's graduate. From a personal perspective, I find developing, designing, calculating and verifying machines to be particularly interesting. Hübner Giessen offers me these opportunities in my position; and I also wish to continue working in this field. Topics that have now also become established, such as industry 4.0, are also part of my everyday working life that I wish to continue being involved with.
What advice would you offer the next generation of degree apprentice students?
Being passionate about what you want to learn is the single most important thing about studying for a degree apprenticeship. Then preparing for exams and also the practical work phases are something you do willingly. That is why it is particularly important to think long and hard before deciding what you want to study.
Why do you think studying for a degree apprenticeship at Hübner Giessen is precisely the right decision?
Because the content of the practical work phases of a degree apprenticeship depend on the company, it has a decisive influence on the focus of the practical orientation of the topics during the study course. The cooperation with the company in selecting the topics for the practical work tasks was very good. A variety of topics were put forward, from which I was able to choose my favourites. That allowed me to organize the practical work in a manner that was particularly interesting for me and complete important tasks for the company at the same time.