Jumping in at the deep end
Although Steffen already had a solid foundation in theory and practical knowledge for his future job through his automotive engineering degree at RWTH Aachen University, holiday jobs and internships at TRUMPF (including in the USA), additive technology itself was initially unknown territory, even for him. "I applied for this Business Division at TRUMPF because I was impressed by the entire process chain – from data preparation, i.e. the software, to the manufacture of components, and even post-processing." Steffen needed to learn the technology from scratch in record time, and he succeeded. With the support of his colleagues, he familiarised himself with the technology using components as concrete examples and was able to gain international experience in sales. "The greatest challenge was to pass on this knowledge to the customer in a clear manner," says Steffen.