Jana, to what extent did your dad influence you to become a production engineer?
Jana: He showed me just how much fun this profession is. It started early on, I think I was about six years old. Sometimes I’d come with dad on Saturdays and help him. At the time it was more like a game. But the older I got, the more interested I was in natural sciences. That’s why during my time at school I did two internships here. The engineering work was so much fun that I decided to study mechanical engineering at university. During my time as a student trainee at WEINMANN, we always joked about how I could take over dad’s job.
Harry: And then the joke wasn’t that much of a joke anymore. Because the year when Jana graduated was my last year before retiring.
Jana: Unlike dad though I started out as a production engineer and didn’t slip into his role as a precision engineer. So it wasn’t actually his job that I took over. But it’s the same team.
What’s it like working together with your father or your daughter?
Jana: I’m still learning a great deal from dad and got to know the company well before I joined. What’s great is that we can talk about everything – even if our opinions differ sometimes.
Harry: I really enjoy working with Jana. It’s great to see how quickly she grasps things. It’s also fascinating to see just how much she learned at university.
Jana: This family relationship isn’t something though that only the two of us share; it’s something you actually find throughout the department. We talk to each other about lots of things and share our opinions.