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Testimonials by experienced professionals at Festo

Festo provides you with an amazing opportunity to put your ideas into practice. Together, we keep the world moving. Find out the prospects that we can offer you and your professional development by reading this selection of testimonials by our employees.

Eileen Kaluza: Development Human Machine Interaction PA

Eileen Kaluza (right) thinks that close teamwork is important
Eileen Kaluza (right) thinks that close teamwork is important

Eileen Kaluza has been working and learning at Festo since 2011. She began by completing an integrated degree (duales Studium) in information technology at DHBW, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Over this time, she has already had placements in several departments. Since 2014 she has been working as a software developer in process automation in Denkendorf.

Excellent development prospects

‘As I’m from Esslingen-Berkheim, Festo was my first choice for an integrated degree course due to its good reputation. Even during my studies, I was able to see for myself just how seriously Festo takes the vocational and advanced training and development of its employees. We were very well prepared for our future working life. Even now, as a software developer working in process automation, I’m able to take part in a whole range of internal and external development opportunities such as training, extra technology classes and language learning.

Developing embedded software for remote I/O

The information technology course comprises computer science and electrical engineering. After I had gone through a few departments at Festo, it became clear to me that I would like to work in product development. I enjoy working directly with a product and having something tangible in my hand at the end.

Programming also falls under my remit, of course, but even here the focus is always on the product. I work primarily on projects that relate to human–machine and machine–machine interaction. I also help to develop modules for our remote I/O. Ultimately, these have to be compatible with external products. As such, I make sure that our products are capable of being integrated into the automation systems used by different manufacturers.

My remit also includes competition analysis and regular tests on our products. This means that I have a lot of contact with other companies. But that’s not the only thing that brings variety to my job – I also have the range of different working environments to thank for that: I don’t just work at a PC, but can also be found in the laboratory, where I set up and conduct trials. In this capacity I work closely with the testing section.

Up until the point when a product reaches the market, a few things are of paramount importance: planning, technical approval, specifications and testing alongside the development process. Even though I might be working as part of a team, I’m responsible for my own tasks and their execution. This requires good time management and a structured approach.

Creativity and teamwork

Software development is a very dynamic area of the profession, and I’m able to use my own ideas in my work. Every project presents some sort of challenge. My work gives me the opportunity to really come into my own and develop further, not only as part of a team but also due to the wider sense of cooperation within the whole company. Overall, Festo really makes teamwork a top priority. This is apparent in the regular team-building initiatives, for instance.’

Yannick Schilly: Product Supply manager NAFTA/RSC Mason Ohio, USA

Yannick Schilly: from installation specialist to international area manager
Yannick Schilly: from installation specialist to international area manager

Yannick Schilly has been at Festo for many years. It all started back at the Rohrbach site. Since then, his work has always taken him abroad. Having had a post in China for several years, he is now a site manager in the USA.

From Rohrbach to the big wide world

‘In 1994 I began working as an installation specialist in the production unit at Rohrbach. I was soon given more responsibility, first as a fitter, and then as an innovations planner for customer-specific products. As I gained more skills I acquired more responsibilities and became a team leader for planning new elements at the plant. Alongside this, I completed a training course as a supervisor, followed by a distance learning course in business engineering, specialising in industrial engineering and company management.

This period wasn’t exactly a bed of roses: trying to achieve a balance between my career and my family was a major challenge, but we managed to get through it thanks to Festo’s full support.

My first international posting: Festo China

In 2009 I was offered a position assisting with the site development of the new Global Production Centre in Jinan. Specifically, it was a case of supporting the director and the local management team. The focus was on introducing new processes, and on new products and technology. I took up the offer and moved to China with my family.

All in all, my work in China was diverse and very demanding: I helped to set up a regional service centre, introduced new production and monitoring concepts and founded a training centre with its own vocational training programme. Alongside my professional activities, I completed my MBA in general management during this period. Overall, the years that my family and I spent in Asia were a time of great cultural enrichment.

Off around the world again: an exciting opportunity in the USA

In late 2013 I received another exciting offer: to take part in the establishment of a new regional service centre in Mason, Ohio. I was immediately enthused: building a plant literally from scratch really appealed to me. And I wasn’t disappointed, as the project continues to be immensely exciting. Together with a new building, the complete infrastructure for logistics and production, including an automated warehouse management system, had to be created for a new site. Our Mason site has now opened.

As the head of the Product Supply NAFTA/RSC area, I am now responsible for our business in North and Central America – in other words, the USA, Canada and Mexico. A key part of my job is working closely with our Sales department to ensure the ongoing improvement of our business processes in relation to our customers. This requires a lot of communication, both internally and externally.

Thanks to Festo’s fantastic support, my family has also integrated well in the USA – the children go to a publically funded school and are already speaking fluent English.’

Daniel Ritter: Engineering project manager Scharnhausen

As a project manager, Daniel Ritter (right) enjoys the combination of responsibility and appreciation
As a project manager, Daniel Ritter (right) enjoys the combination of responsibility and appreciation

Daniel Ritter obtained his master’s degree in industrial engineering, with a focus on mechanical engineering, before starting a traineeship in 2011 as an assistant to the plant management at what is today the Scharnhausen Technology Plant. Since then he has worked as a project manager on a wide range of assignments, from standard assembly optimisation to order management.

Festo: still a leading name in engineering

‘It goes without saying that you hear a lot about Festo during your engineering course. But I only came into proper contact with the company when I was looking for a job. I was won over from my very first impression at interview: this was a place where the focus was on people.

Understanding the overall context of the company

As an assistant to the plant managers, I obtained a valuable insight into the overall context of the company. My projects involved lots of challenges and meant that I had a steep learning curve. Past work included coordinating cross-disciplinary project teams, overseeing and helping to shape strategy for the plant, and working on the production line.

After two years, I moved up to the next stage by making the transition to project management. In this role, I was able to take on responsibility for assembly optimisation, production and major plant projects. One particular highlight for me was taking part in the planning for the Scharnhausen Technology Plant.

Joining Festo was a real stroke of luck

My decision to join Festo was a real stroke of luck. The essential foundation for successful collaboration is interpersonal relationships, and this is a notable aspect of everyday work at Festo. Trust and appreciation foster a high level of motivation.’