Marcel, you have been an apprentice at Bölling for 3 years now. How did you become aware of Bölling back then?
I had finished my training as a lacquer laboratory technician and was looking for an apprenticeship in another more practical and less theoretical field. I was in contact with Mr. Mansour and thus became aware of the profession of precision mechanic and of the Bölling company.
What particularly attracted you to start training at Bölling?
The opportunities offered by the company and the work as a precision mechanic itself.
What are typical tasks that you carry out as an apprentice at Bölling GmbH?
Conventional turning and milling work, planning and reworking. Production path: from drawing to packaging. Writing programs on the CNC milling machines, setting up and running programs, checking workpieces and adjusting parameters.
What do you enjoy most in your work or what do you like best?
What I enjoy most is the variety at work. You have a new job with different requirements almost every day.
How are you looked after during your training at Bölling?
If necessary, I can get help for all areas. All parts of the curriculum are worked through and there are intensive exercises / training periods for intermediate and final exams.
How long does your apprenticeship last?
How are practice and theory combined?
E.g. create drawings yourself and calculate points. Then the workpiece is manufactured. Explained test equipment or tools are also directly applied in practice.
What subjects do you have at vocational school?
Subject Metal / vocational mathematics and applications, economics and business studies, German and English (also vocational).
To what extent have you developed personally during your training?
I have become more independent and have managed to keep my concentration longer. I also learned to think things through in advance and only then to implement them.
Which interests and characteristics should one bring to your profession?
Manual skills and precise work are mandatory. You should be able to count mathematics and continuous precision among your strengths and be able to work in a concentrated manner.
What would you give a new trainee to take along with you?
Be steadfast and don’t let yourself be beaten down even if something doesn’t work out the way you want it to!