Dieffenbacher Provides Students with Career Guidance

For the fifth year running, 16 pupils from Hartmanni High School in Eppingen have had the chance to be involved in the Student Engineer Academy (SIA). SIA is a cooperation program bringing together schools, universities and industry. It is run by Südwestmetall (The Baden-Wuerttemberg Employers’ Association of the Metal and Electrical Industry). The cooperation program gives senior high school students with an interest in technology and science an insight into the world of engineering and provides assistance in choosing courses of study and careers.


On Thursday 2 October, 2014 in the assembly hall of Hartmanni High School in Eppingen, a ceremony took place to honor the graduation of 16 SIAmese (as the students of the SIA group are also known) and to welcome another 16 students for the new school year. Principal Uwe Wittwer-Gärtner welcomed the students and guests and expressed his great appreciation for the support provided by the industry. He also expressed the hope that many of his charges would be taken on by Dieffenbacher, the main sponsor of the SIA group in Eppingen. Dr. Ralph Weber, Personnel Manager at Dieffenbacher, subsequently confirmed during his speech that two former SIAmese started their careers at the plant manufacturer this autumn. The youngest participant of the previous year's program to join Dieffenbacher is Philipp Ziegler (17) from Ittlingen. In September 2015 he will begin a cooperative study program in mechanical engineering. This type of course consists of an apprenticeship and a subsequent study course. "Most of all, I was impressed with how Dieffenbacher treats its employees," says the high school student, when explaining his reasons for applying to the global machinery and plant manufacturer. Both his great grandfather and mother were previously employed by Dieffenbacher and always spoke positively about the company.

During their presentations, the graduating students expressed the demanding nature of the agenda during the last school year. The students visited the facilities of various industrial companies in the Heilbronn region and gained practical experience using metal-processing machinery in Dieffenbacher's training workshop. Dieffenbacher also arranged a visit to the Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences, where wood engineering and many other subjects are taught. During the three-day field trip, the students manufactured an OSB panel themselves from chipping the wood and gluing the chippings to finally pressing the wood-composite panel.