Hello, my name is Markus Janitzek and I started a 42-month apprenticeship as a plant mechanic, concentrating on welding technology at Voith Industrial Services GmbH Mainhausen in August 2009. The company specializes in shutdowns and plant revision for refineries and power stations, engineering and the construction of off-road machinery and containers, plant and pipeline construction, as well as measuring and control technology.
A job advertisement in the local press awakened my interest in an apprenticeship at Voith, and during a visit at the Aschaffenburg Job Fair I made the first contact and was able to get an idea of the training contents, the people in charge and the apprentices themselves. The recommendation of an acquaintance and the renowned training facilities at Voith also spoke in favor of my decision to apply for the advertised vacancy.
After an entry test and a very friendly interview, I was accepted!
Training Phases – Training Year 1
During the first few weeks of their apprenticeship, all trainees get to know each other at a barbecue party. In our first training year we were taught the basic skills of metal working (filing, sawing, drilling) in the training workshop. During the apprenticeship, social contacts within the team also became stronger and it was noticeable how we gradually developed into a genuine team.
Training Phases – Training Year 2
During the next training year we intensified our knowledge and acquired new skills in line with the training plan. In addition we were allocated as assistants to the professionals in the workshop, which gave us an opportunity to use our new skills and actively help with production orders. We also spent a lot of time preparing for our first exam under the excellent supervision of our trainer Mr. Fischer. Additionally we attended further training courses focusing on health and safety issues.
Training Phases – Training Year 3
I am currently in my third apprenticeship year. It started with an assignment on a building site in Worms. I was able to gather experience in the field Onsite C&R and actively employed my new skills in plant and pipeline construction. After a short induction period I was able to handle orders independently. At the moment I am back at the training workshop in Mainhausen, where I can deepen and consolidate my skills in WIG welding and prepare for my state-approved certificate in welding. I really look forward to my final exams, for which I am currently studying intensively. Due to my very good results during my dual training I was allowed to shorten my training by six months to just three years.
What I Like
What I really like about my job is that it is so interesting and diverse. There are many different tasks, and there is no monotony or boredom. Processing materials by employing connecting, separating, milling and forming technologies is an exciting challenge. We are encouraged to work independently and also as a team. In this way we create solidarity among the apprentices and are able to swap ideas within the group. The theoretical basis for our training is provided by the vocational school in Offenbach and in-house lessons in the plant. Another plus are the events outside our actual training. For example the annual barbecue, the football tournament of apprentices from different regional companies and the opportunity to represent the company at graduate and career fairs. This promotes contact and exchange with apprentices from other companies. And finally I would like point out that we receive excellent support from our knowledgeable and farsighted trainer Jochen Fischer who assists us in every way and is always open for problems of any kind.
My plan for the near future is to finish my training with a really good grade. Perhaps I manage to continue the tradition, which offers special training in welding technology on state-approved basis at Voith in Mainhausen for the best apprentice. Of course I would like to join Voith full-time and pursue a career as a skilled worker, with a perspective on new tasks as a senior mechanic or manager of a small construction site or project. An important aspect for me are the further opportunities on offer, for example on-the-job training to become a master craftsman. It would be great if the company could support me here. All in all I can honestly say that I look forward to my professional future at Voith.