From the Lower Saxony Technical Internship to MTU Maintenance Hannover
Originally, Pauline Riessler was going to study. But in the end, she decided to pursue an apprenticeship at MTU Maintenance Hannover.
12.2018 | Text: Thorsten Rienth
Thorsten Rienth writes as a freelance journalist for AEROREPORT. In addition to the aerospace industry, his technical writing focuses on rail traffic and the transportation industry.
Germany’s leading engine manufacturer offers a wide variety of apprenticeship opportunities. Part 3 of our series: Aircraft maintenance engineer Pauline Riessler (MTU Maintenance Hannover).
A few weeks ago, 22-year-old Pauline Riessler opened the letter containing the results of her apprenticeship and couldn’t believe her eyes: 93 percent. She had achieved the highest grade in the state, putting her ahead of all her male counterparts. “I knew I was among the best,” she says. “But the very best? That was a surprise.”
Riessler’s relationship with MTU Maintenance began back in 2014 through the Lower Saxony Technical Internship. This collaboration between the state and a host of universities aims to give interested female high school and vocational college graduates the opportunity to gain practical experience of scientific and technical careers. At the same time, the young women get a taste of studying one of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).
“It works like this: over six months female technicians spend one day a week at university completing a taster course,” Riessler says. “The remaining four days are spent at a company.” For her, that was MTU Maintenance Hannover.
Together with three other young women interested in technology, Riessler gained practical experience in the various fields of engineering. Following six weeks of basic metalwork training, the apprentices rotated through repair development, parts repair, quality control and operations scheduling. “The great thing about it is that you work closely with the engineers and can even perform smaller tasks on your own,” Riessler explains. “Being so directly involved naturally offers great insight into what it means to be an engineer.”
Riessler recalls that she originally intended to complete the technical internship and then go on to study. But after six months at MTU Maintenance, she had a different take on studying. “I decided to stay on and pursue an apprenticeship in aircraft maintenance engineering specializing in engine technology.” Thanks to her performance at that very same internship, Riessler can now celebrate being state-best. Since completing her apprenticeship, Riessler has been working at MTU Maintenance Hannover at the “special dock” for the PW1100G engine, one of the engine options for the A320neo.