One of the best ways to understand Voith is by meeting our people. Students, graduates and professionals from across the company talk about what they do and what it's like to work at Voith.
Meet students at Voith
As a student at Voith, you can write your final thesis, join us as a working student or enter a dual-study program.
Students share their story
Tell us about your job at Voith
My dual study in mechanical engineering gave me the chance to learn about Voith as a versatile family business, to explore very different aspects of it and to find my place. Six months ago, I joined Voith Paper as a technologist.Trouble-shooting paper machines gives me the opportunity to put my knowledge of theory into practice. Cultivating relationships with customers plays a key role in ensuring a high standard of quality in my work. At the same time, I’m the contact for all technology topics that touch on paper finishing. I also evaluate test data and do patent research.
What do you like best about your job?
As a technologist at Voith, I have a varied job in a challenging field. For me, the combination of theory and practice that comes with the job is wonderful in its variety and I enjoy the contact with our customers. I don’t shy away from responsibilities because they make my job especially exciting.
How do you contribute to Voith’s success?
As a technology supplier, it’s our job to put out new innovative products and use our comprehensive expertise in technology to make sure our customers are successful. As a section technologist, I contribute ideas to the development of successful strategies.
What do you do at Voith?
I started as a working student in the HR/Talent Acquisition department at Voith in March 2017. In addition to studying business administration at Kempten University, I work at Voith two days a week. My time here gives me a better understanding of the strategic scope of personnel marketing. A stint as a working student is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience during the semester.
What made you choose Voith?
My history with Voith stretches back to September 2012, when I started my commercial vocational training here. When I was assigned to operative HR at Voith headquarters as an HR Specialist that was even better, because that was precisely what I had always wanted.
What do you like best about Voith?
The opportunity to look at HR from another perspective is a great experience. I get a more in-depth insight into the professional world after my university studies, and I can explore what I’m good at and discover what I enjoy. I love being part of the exchange of experiences through interviews with apprentices, students and professionals and making new contacts.
Why did you choose to enter a DHBW degree program at Voith?
I had already completed an apprenticeship as an IT systems electronics technician, and I didn't want to miss out on practical experience in my further education. A dual study program was just the right thing for me. Thanks to the proximity to the university in Heidenheim, I can put the knowledge I've gained into practice right away. Working in a global technology company also offers me many opportunities for the future.
How did you come across Voith?
I'm originally from Crailsheim, so I knew Voith from the location there. When I saw that dual study programs were advertised for Heidenheim, I immediately applied via the careers website.
Why did you choose this particular degree program?
During my high school years, I started to grow an interest in technology. I graduated from a technical high school with a mechatronic orientation. Accordingly, my interest in IT has been there for a long time, which is why the computer science degree is a great addition. Generally speaking, the study program is mainly about computer science, but also has electrical and electronic components. This link is becoming increasingly relevant, especially due to industry 4.0 – therefore, the program is a great overall package.
What fascinates you most about your studies?
I like the fact that we go beyond IT topics and are additionally supported in physics or electronics topics, for example. This creates the ideal conditions for us to participate in the digital future.
What qualities are favorable for the study program?
You should of course be curious about information technology topics and technical contexts. Good previous knowledge of mathematics and physics is also required. To build up or refresh this knowledge, the DHBW Heidenheim also offers preliminary courses before the start of the actual studies, which Voith is happy to let you participate in. In my view, knowledge in electrical engineering is also very helpful, but not necessarily required.
Which of your personal hobbies or traits help you in your job?
Since my interest in technology goes beyond my studies, it's easy for me to familiarize myself with topics and always remain curious. In my free time, I read IT news and deal with computer hardware. The knowledge I have acquired this way often helps me in the lectures.
What was it like when you started at Voith?
I started in September with a welcome event and an introductory week, during which I was able to get to know my fellow students and make initial contacts. There, we also had the opportunity to ask students from higher semesters questions, which was very helpful for us. After the introductory week, my studies began with the first theoretical semester at the DHBW. When we had our first practical semester at the company, we did an Excel course together and then took an electronics course at the Training Center for a few weeks, where we were able to gain first-hand knowledge.
To which departments have you been assigned so far?
So far, I have been working in the network department of the data center, where I primarily investigated wireless components. I also wrote a project paper on this topic. Since I liked it so much in the department and the team and I get along great, I will also spend my next practical phase there.
How is the study program structured and what have been your tasks to date?
The program is divided into theoretical and practical phases that alternate in three-month cycles. This sequence is specified by the DHBW and also requires us to write a total of three project reports during the course of our studies. As already mentioned, I have so far mainly been involved in the study of wireless components and was therefore more involved in projects than in day-to-day business.
What have you enjoyed the most during your studies so far?
Before the Covid-19 pandemic started in January 2020, all students were invited to a joint carnival party. The evening was totally fun with a relaxed atmosphere, and I had the opportunity to make many new contacts from other study programs and semesters. Especially because of current social distancing, it is even nicer for me to look back on such moments now.
What would you like to do after completing your degree?
As of now, I would love to stay at Voith as a permanent employee. I have the feeling that there are many opportunities in the company for me to build up and deepen my expertise in the future.
How would you describe Voith as a training company in three words?
Innovative – global – dedicated
What other advice would you like to give to future students?
If you are interested in computer science, then definitely apply! The field is in demand more than ever and it definitely has a promising future. Before you start studying, I can recommend the preliminary math course at the DHBW. I was able to refresh my knowledge and take a few things with me for my studies. (There is also a pre-course in physics.)
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Professionals share their story
Ahmed Arous was a participant in the Hydro Development Program (HDP). He has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and currently resides in Brossard, Canada. Ahmed shared his great impressions in this interview. HDP is an internal development program for young professionals, which have been working within Voith Hydro for at least 18 months and have been showing potential for a leadership position or expert career.
Please tell us something about your background
I moved from Tunisia to Montreal 12 years ago, where I finished my master’s degree in mechanical engineering. In 2011, I began working as a mechanical engineer for another company. Since 2014 I have been working as Site Quality Manager at Voith Hydro. Now I am part of the Voith Field Service department, which I joined in February 2019.
What were your Hydro Development Program assignments?
The assignments were very interesting. I was able to be part of a new department at Voith Hydro and that helped me to reach a new position. The first assignment was in Canada where I was able to train many people in our processes. The second one in Brazil helped me to gain valuable knowledge about manufacturing. And the third one in York gave me the opportunity to come into contact with people from higher management, something I still benefit from.
How do you see your future at Voith? Do you have any plans?
I see a bright future for me at Voith. Rotating through the departments was very interesting and I had the chance to learn a lot from the different disciplines. Someday I would like to be in a higher management position, like CEO.
What is your attitude to life? What drives you?
I am always ambitious, positive, happy and very energetic.
Anything to add?
Thank you to Voith for believing in me and offering me this opportunity to acquire invaluable knowledge and obtain a leadership position. I am now the manager of a Field Service team and am looking forward to my future career at Voith.
Tell us about yourself
I’m married with two kids and I work part-time. In my job, I prepare tax returns, support and accompany audits, and coordinate the annual financial statement.
What do you like about Voith?
The international character of Voith and the diversity of its people fascinate me, as do the international perspective and variety of activities and the friendly working environment.
Voith places great emphasis on employee friendliness and a good work-life balance. When I returned after my maternity leave, Voith made it possible for me to work part-time.
Can you tell us a little about your job?
As a commissioning engineer, you spend your life at construction sites. In my eight years on the job, I have put machines into service all over the world. I work in Asia a lot, especially in China South Korea and India. But there are also projects in Europe – in Sweden, Great Britain, Russia and the Czech Republic. For the customer, commissioning new machinery often represents an enormous leap of innovation – it’s not every day that an entire new facility is put into service. Commissioning on-site is a lot of work, but it’s stimulating and there is a lot of variety.
Why do you like about working for Voith Paper?
It fascinates me that these huge machines, in a highly complex process, produce something as delicate as paper! I’ve had the opportunity to gain a lot of experience in an extremely short period of time, and I was allowed to take on responsibility pretty early on.
What is your experience with team work?
Co-workers from very different departments and, frequently, different countries come together when we commission a medium-sized facility. At the last site I was working on, the team comprised people from eight nations that’s both interesting and challenging. It’s an ideal opportunity to grow your soft skills, your collaborative skills and build your problem-solving expertise. After all, in commissioning everything has to be a perfect fit, down to the last screw. And each and everyone has the responsibility to contribute.