I’m there when practical training triggers new ways of looking at things.

„Flexibility and the ability to learn from lots of experts is what makes First Sensor so special.“

Justin Riegel is studying mechanical engineering and working as a student trainee in the Supply Chain Management department. This experience is opening his eyes to how machinery and production equipment is supposed to work, which is giving him a good grounding for asking the right questions in his studies.

How did you end up at First Sensor?

I began my mechanical engineering studies at TH Brandenburg and later transferred to HTW Berlin. I would have come across First Sensor a lot earlier had I started out at HTW Berlin, because the company headquarters are right next to the campus. What actually happened is that I found a job advert online, and because I have an interest in semiconductor technology I applied.

What is the connection between mechanical engineering and semiconductor technology?

The connection is Industry 4.0. In other words, the digitalization and connectivity of machines and production equipment that are becoming increasingly intelligent, and can communicate with one another and transmit a signal when they need a service, which prevents downtime. Sensors are the basis for all of this. They are integrated into the machinery and equipment to basically give them a sense of touch, eyes, ears and the power of speech.

Does First Sensor know its stuff in this field?

Definitely. Sensors for industrial applications are the most lucrative business area. The fact that industrial sensors are right at the top lies not only in the number and diversity of applications, but also in the knowledge that First Sensor has about these applications. I find that impressive.

What sets First Sensor apart as an employer?

I’ve not been here that long, but what struck me immediately was the level of flexibility – whether it was regarding working hours or the tasks I was assigned. I was able to fit my working hours around my timetable to strike a good balance between my studies and my job. You don’t get this with every employer. What’s more, First Sensor employs lots of people who are experts in their field. These experts don’t work behind closed doors or in ivory towers; they are approachable and take the time to answer my questions. This is allowing me to put into practice a lot of the things I’m learning at university.

What are the most enjoyable aspects of your work?

The team I’m working in is great. I’ve never experienced such a sense of cohesion before. Everybody works together and rallies around to meet targets and satisfy customer requirements. You are allowed to ask questions and make mistakes because you can learn from them. We discuss any difficulties and work together to find a solution. And the whole team backs the solution.

What advice would you give to students?

Apply, even if the job advert only partly sounds like what you’d like to be doing. First Sensor offers a wide range of opportunities for professional development and changing roles once you’ve got your foot in the door. But you definitely need to be motivated and reliable.
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First Sensor is one of the world's leading suppliers in the field of sensor systems. In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific solutions for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. Our goal here is to identify, meet and solve the challenges of the future with our innovative sensor solutions early on.
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In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific sensors, electronics, modules and complex systems for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. As a solution provider the company offers complete development services from a first draft and proof of concept up to the development of prototypes and finally serial production. First Sensor offers comprehensive development expertise, state-of-the-art packaging technologies and production capacities in clean rooms from ISO class 8 to 5.
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In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific sensors, electronics, modules and complex systems for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. As a solution provider the company offers complete development services from a first draft and proof of concept up to the development of prototypes and finally serial production. First Sensor offers comprehensive development expertise, state-of-the-art packaging technologies and production capacities in clean rooms from ISO class 8 to 5.
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