“High-Tech Meeting” in Schwieberdingen: Applicants’ day at Bosch for young engineers
Bosch staged its High-Tech Meeting at its engineering center in Schwieberdingen near Stuttgart. This was the ninth time this applicants’ day for engineers and scientists had been held. Of the roughly 1,000 graduates who applied to attend the event, 500 were invited – mainly graduates and final-year undergraduates studying engineering, computer science, physics, and industrial engineering, but also graduates with a few years of work experience. “For us, the High-Tech Meeting is an excellent opportunity to recruit qualified young engineers. Last year, we signed employment contracts with more than 100 participants following the event,” said HR director Dr. Philip Mannhart.
With lectures and product presentations, seven Bosch divisions, the corporate sector research and advance engineering, and the two subsidiaries Bosch Engineering GmbH and ETAS informed participants about the latest developments in automotive technology. The stop-start system, which recently went into series production, was also presented. This automatically switches off the engine as soon as the vehicle comes to a halt – at a red traffic light, for example, or in a traffic jam. In urban traffic, stop-start systems can reduce fuel consumption, and thus CO2 emissions, by up to eight percent, depending on the model. In addition, participants had the opportunity to drive on the test track as passengers, or to have a look at laboratories and test benches, such as the engine test bays and climatic testing chambers.
More than 300 vacancies for engineers in the Stuttgart area
The company currently has more than 300 vacancies for engineers and scientists at five locations in the greater Stuttgart area. “We are convinced that we will be able to recruit a large number of highly qualified associates for our company at this year’s High-Tech Meeting,” Mannhart said. “We see the constantly high number of applications for the High-Tech Meeting as confirmation that people are very strongly interested in our company.” All in all, Bosch plans to take on roughly 800 graduates in Germany in 2007, 80 percent of them engineers and scientists. In the following year, it is expected that demand for qualified young talent will remain equally high.
Acting early to counter the impending lack of engineers
To kindle children’s and young people’s interest in technology at an early age, and in this way to take long-term action to counter the impending lack of engineers, the company has initiated numerous joint activities with kindergartens and schools – both as a member of the Wissensfabrik (Knowledge Factory) and in the framework of initiatives launched by a number of Bosch locations. For 22 years now, for example, the company has sponsored the Baden-Württemberg heat of Jugend forscht, the German competition for young scientists.
In addition, Bosch has stepped up its personnel and university activities. The number of internships, undergraduate assignments, diploma dissertations, and doctoral theses has also been increased steadily over the past years. The student retention program “students@bosch” also helps to tie qualified young talent to the company at an early stage. The program fosters contacts with students who have shown outstanding promise while working at Bosch. Up to now, Bosch has been able to cover its requirements for young engineers. And in the years to come, the company forecasts that it will be able to find qualified candidates for jobs that become vacant.
With its High-Tech Meeting, Bosch also aims to give budding engineers an insight into one of Germany’s most innovative companies: in 2006, the number of first-filed patents rose to 3,056. To preserve its technologically leading position, Bosch spends considerable sums for research and development. The figure in 2006 was 3.3 billion euros. This is 7.7 percent of total sales of 43.7 billion euros.
Bosch in Schwieberdingen
Lying just north of Stuttgart, Schwieberdingen has been a major research and development location of the Bosch group since 1969. A good 5,000 associates work here for Bosch, on a site covering 45 hectares. More than half of them are engineers and scientists.
Starting a career at Bosch
Experienced department heads, young engineers, and the human resources department were on hand at the applicants’ day to answer questions about careers and promotion prospects at Bosch. Members of the board of management were also present. For more information, visit www.bosch-career.de.
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