Schmersal tinkers

Project management for trainees

Working in projects and cross-departmental teams is becoming more and more important in our company. Therefore, self-organisation, team skills, time management, but also the use of tools from the “Modern Workplace” are helpful to achieve project success.

Within the framework of “Schmersal tinkers”, trainees and students may learn and develop project management skills not only theoretically, but also by means of a real project. Based on our sixth core value, the intention of ‘Schmersal tinkers’ is to challenge and encourage young people to strive for excellence and be solution oriented by enabling them to take ownership for their own tasks.

But not only is “Schmersal tinkers” closely related to our core values, the first project which started within this program last year is as well. For the first “Schmersal tinkers” project team the practical project scope includes the conception, development, production, and organisation of the distribution of a cover for Schmersal’s business mobile phones.

Like any other new product, our mobile phone covers must meet many requirements: Special attention has to be paid for instance to internal production, costs and – referring to our core value number 5 – also to the sustainability of the product. And, since the new phone covers will protect our business mobile phones, the project also perfectly fits to our first core value “To have safety as our #1 priority”.

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Where we are today

Essential questions about the tool design could be clarified, the design of the cell phone case as well as the construction of the tool have recently been finally released.

Currently, the injection molding tool is being manufactured by Annika Bauerdick in the toolmaking department.

The next step is to erode the inserts, which reproduce the shape and inscription of the phone case as a negative.

Simultaneously, the packaging concept is developed by Charlotte Wylach in coordination with the respective departments. Once the mold is ready, Dimitrios Tzortzis will injection mold the phone cases.

The team

Das Projektteam besteht aus 4 Auszubildenden und Studenten verschiedener Berufsrichtungen, die in ihrer regulären Ausbildungszeit in dieser Konstellation nicht zusammenarbeiten würden.