It became clear to him during his time at the vocational college that he definitely wanted to learn this profession. "I'm fascinated by working with CNC machines (CNC = Computerized Numerical Control) and working with hairline precision. I like to create something myself, find it exciting how a block of iron ends up becoming something that is important and useful", he describes. "The technical progress, the different ways of achieving something - all of that has cought me", he reports with enthusiasm.
The tasks at work
A typical workday for Luca starts at 6 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.. At around 10 a.m., he takes a half-hour break together with his colleagues. The budding machinist takes on a wide variety of tasks as they arise, starting with assembly work, metalwork such as filing, sawing and drilling, and metal-cutting activities such as turning and milling, the weekly cooling lubricant monitoring, and programming the CNC machines and their operation. The apprentices pass through various departments during their training, and are deployed in mechanical production, vulcanization, assembly and other areas, for example. Luca most recently worked in testing and tool dispensing. "The different work locations help to get to know the overall operation and to understand the path of individual parts all the way to shipment to the customer", he reports. Special experiences that he remembers from his first year of training were, on the one hand, the installation of a new machine and the trade show appearances in which he participated. For example, he helped set up everything on the stand at the Bochum career information fair and informed students about his apprenticeship. "Those were real highlights for me", he says.