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Women in technical professions

The Schütte staff is just as diverse as the career opportunities. What is still in its infancy for many people has been part of everyday life at Schütte for many years. So it is not surprising that women in technical professions are very common Schütte.  As in all other areas of the company, a heterogeneous team with different perspectives and approaches to solutions works more successfully.

Women approach tasks in a completely different manner, which can be a great advantage particularly to employees in mixed teams. In any case, the requirements in technical professions have changed considerably. Areas that previously demanded muscular strength now require logical and analytical thinking and well-structured working principles. Women with an interest in technology meet these requirements particularly well. It is precisely for this reason that we encourage girls and young women to decide on a professional career in our technical departments.

Carl Martin Welcker - CEO & Owner

Industrial mechanic

Aylin Bröcker started her training as an industrial mechanic at Schütte in September 2018 and was taken on in the component assembly department in January 2022.  Her daily routine includes assembling the headstocks of the CX series (see photo). These then go to final assembly and are installed in the machine there.  For Aylin, the special thing about her job is the variety and the fact that you have many opportunities for further training. Even if she wants to put learning on hold for the time being after her apprenticeship. When the time is right, there are many opportunities for further training. 
"After school I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do. During an internship abroad in metal construction in France, I worked on machines for the first time and realised that this work suited me. I then applied for an apprenticeship at Schütte."

I like my work and my colleagues and that is a good prerequisite.

Working in an environment still dominated by male colleagues is not new for Aylin, as she was the only woman in her training area during the 3.5 years of training. "I don't know it any other way and find the interaction with each other very relaxed. In my new department I am often asked if everything fits and I can only say that it does.

Aylin doesn't see any big disadvantages in a typical male job: "I'm included everywhere, even when it comes to tackling things. But everyone is also very helpful when I reach my limits somewhere."

Her tip to girls and young women who are interested in the technical field: "I can recommend an internship. It helped me make the right career choice".

Mechatronics technician

Maria Juliana Sanchez completed her training as a mechatronics technician this year and has since been working in the assembly of multi-spindle automatic lathes. "During my school days, I always liked maths and physics. Here you could learn in theory how the world works. I chose a technical profession to put this very theory into practice and to see how an idea becomes reality in mechanical engineering."
In addition to the advantages of a family business, the highly developed technology also spoke in favour of Schütte: "The machines built at Schütte are unique and highly interesting. The technology behind it all made the company very attractive to me, as the work is much more fun when you believe in the product."   

I especially like that you can see a result of your work at the end of the day and that you work very independently and are constantly intellectually challenged

Juliana also finds working with her colleagues very pleasant: "I am lucky to have nice and helpful colleagues. Whenever I have questions or need help, they are willing to help me. Moreover, we all work for a common goal, which increases the feeling of togetherness. This makes working with colleagues very pleasant". For young girls and women, Juliana has the following advice: "The world of work is changing, what was considered a man's job a few years ago is nowadays gradually being practiced by women.Any woman who is interested in technical professions should allow herself the opportunity to learn about the activities and not be scared away by social paradigms."

Technical auditor

Silvia started her apprenticeship at Schütte as an energy system technician in 2003, after graduating from high school. "Thinking logically and working with my hands instead of just sitting behind a desk has always been important to me!" In 2006 she completed her apprenticeship and was taken on in the assembly department of the multi-spindle automatic lathes. For years, her tasks ranged from wiring and programming machines to contacting customers during acceptance.

The assignments at the customer's were always interesting. Seeing where my machines go and the diversity of the individual customers at home and abroad.

This changed when Silvia met her husband at work in 2010. Four years later and 2 children richer, her view of the world changed and Silvia moved into technical revision of multi-spindle automatic lathes.
"Now I don't build my machines anymore, I put them through their paces. I get to play customer and push all possible and impossible buttons."  That Silvia is a woman has never been a problem or an obstacle at any time in her 20 years at Schütte. "I get the same pay and recognition for my work as my male colleagues!" 
Likewise, Silvia has been involved since 2007, first in the youth representation of the Schütte Group and then in the works council. There she is the contact person for the youth and, of course, for women. Since 2022, she has also been the deputy representative for severely disabled persons at Schütte.