I'm there when small becomes something big.

“I’m training with First Sensor because sensors are the future.”

Why did you opt for vocational training?

My teachers advised me to get an academic high-school diploma, but I’m more of a practical learner. Once I’d completed my compulsory education, I decided to apply for a traineeship as an industrial business manager, and I was accepted. Various aspects of the role appealed to me during the training, and my interest continued afterwards. I decided to join First Sensor because sensors are the future.

What was your first impression of the company?

The first day was a welcome day for all trainees starting on that day. We were shown around the site and introduced to colleagues, and we were all given a welcome pack, which was a nice touch.

Where did you start your traineeship?

For the first month, I worked in production. The team here manufacture the minutest sensors – but despite their size, they are capable of big things. Parking assistance systems and computed tomography machines are so commonplace these days that we don’t even think about the sensor technology that they rely on, even though this technology in itself is actually really impressive. My first job was to glue tiny chips into place under a microscope. At first, the parts I was working on were all rejects for me to practice on, but eventually I was able to work on real components. I’ve also worked in the human resources department. I was made to feel like part of the team and I was given lots to do. When you first join a department, it can be difficult to get involved and ask questions, before you get to know your colleagues. But it quickly gets easier because your colleagues all look out for you and help you settle in.

What do you like most about your training?

I’m now in my second year of training and I’m very happy with how it’s going. First Sensor offers a great package of extra help for trainees – the company pays for all the learning materials you need, for example. I like the atmosphere here: I like the way people talk to each other, everyone is always friendly and greets you with a smile. I get to work in various departments and learn about how the whole company works. It’s great that First Sensor offers flextime too, because I have a relatively long commute to work. If my train is canceled or delayed, I can use flextime.

What would be your advice to future trainees?

Keep working at it, give it your all, and don’t give up. In the first year in particular, it’s easy for things to get on top of you. If you end up doing the same thing for a long time, you can get bored quickly. But the more you learn, the more you can contribute, then there will be more tasks you can get involved in. And it’s important that you’re approachable and friendly – even in difficult situations or if you’re not enjoying a particular task, it’s important to handle the situation in a calm, relaxed way.

Company
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.
Investor Relations
Our investor relations activities aim at raising the international publicity of First Sensor AG and at consolidating and extending the perception of our share as an attractive growth stock. This means we keep our online communication transparent, comprehensive and continuous in order to enhance your trust in our share.
Tailored Solutions
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.
Competencies
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.
Career
Innovation, excellence, proximity – these are our values, our ambition, our drive. Anything less is not an option. Our sensor solutions stand for technical innovation and economic growth. As such, they form the basis for the development and application of new technologies in almost all areas of life. We aim to shape this future together with you.

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