Back in Munich, my first station was cab assembly production. Here, I had the opportunity to help with coordinating the implementation of the new facelift in our medium and heavy truck series. This involved changing over to the new facelift design on the cab assembly line from one cab to the next – without any transition phase. MAN had never attempted a changeover like this before! Good preparation was absolutely essential, as well as cooperation across all production disciplines, from logistics to the planning departments, through to training the workers at the assembly line. This was a huge challenge, but one that was a lot of fun for me. Finally, we made it – at the end of the year, the first TG facelift rolled off the assembly line at the Munich plant. It was an amazing feeling to have been so closely involved. While working on this project, I also had the opportunity to learn about the issues and processes managed by related departments, namely the pre-production centre, engineering and purchasing.
As a MAN trainee, I get to contribute to exciting, forward-looking projects such as eMobility and digitalisation, as well as being able to work in new, innovative business areas. My personal mentor, who oversees my training for the duration of the program, provides me with specialist support and helps me to choose which stations to work at.
My trainee colleagues and I are currently spread across four countries and various brands in the VW Group. I am now almost halfway through my training, and am currently completing my placement abroad with our sister brand Scania in Sweden. On top of getting to work on exciting tasks and experience Swedish management culture, I have also met a great many lovely colleagues. I am certain that I will continue to benefit from this network even after my trainee program has ended.