Career examples at Fresenius Medical Care

Mathias Sahlmüller, Electronics Technician for Equipment and Systems, Schweinfurt

Why did you choose to get trained in electronics?

In 7th grade I completed an internship at Fresenius Medical Care in Schweinfurt and quickly discovered that I would like to work with electronics. After graduating I applied to become an electronics technician at Fresenius Medical Care.

What does a typical day as a trainee look like?
New challenges were awaiting me all the time. However, there were always tasks that repeated themselves, too, such as repair work on our test benches and endurance test benches. Another important task was building new test benches. After discussing the purpose of the test stand with the customer, this involved preparing drawings and circuit diagrams and making decisions on the design and how everything should be documented.

How did you like your vocational training? What did you especially like about it?
I really enjoyed my vocational training. What I liked most was the fact that there was a lot of self-responsibility. I was able to design or repair under the supervision of a trainer or mentor and in the end I could see the results I had achieved. Being integrated in projects where I could work in other departments as well was also great.

What qualities should one have for this kind of vocational training?
You should have a general interest in all things technical, math and physics. A high degree of team spirit is also important.

What happened after your vocational training?
Afterwards, I received a contract in the Tooling/Training department. I would like to gain a university entrance qualification later and then study electrical engineering. Fresenius Medical Care would even support me in this. It is an excellent opportunity for me to remain in the company and continue my education at the same time.

What do you think is special about Fresenius Medical Care?
For me, there is a big difference between producing consumer goods and being able to contribute to improving the lives of dialysis patients.

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