„Das Coolste an meinem Job ist, dass ich verschiedene Sprachen reden kann, dass ich reisen kann. Jeder Tag ist eine Herausforderung, das finde ich super“, erzählt Linda Munz, Process Engineer bei Bühler. „Ich helfe, den ganzen Prozess auszulegen, damit man nachher spezifische Produkte herstellen kann.“
Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!
Enjoy your life, go outdoor to play football or actually just be. And if you ever have the chance to go abroad later, to get to know other languages and cultures then you should definitely do that. The beauty of Switzerland is that no matter what you do and no matter what you learn, there are so many shortcuts, that you could get any position you want. Your background is not so important for most jobs. That means that you could also get to a specific job in an unusual way.
Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?
My name is Linda Munz. I am a process engineer at Bühler.
Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?
The coolest thing about my job is that I can speak different languages, travel around the world and get to know other cultures. I think it's great that I have new challenges every day because I would get bored quickly if I always did the same thing. Due to the fact that we have so many different parameters that overlap, it's always a new challenge to think analytically, break down the components to see what is the real problem and how I can solve it.
Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?
One restriction is that if you are abroad so much, it is very difficult to participate in club societies. Because you can't go to the club regularly. Or it might be that you miss a match on the weekend. But if you're flexible and if you have hobbies that you can do whenever you want, then everything is fine.
Worum geht es in Deinem Job?
Bühler is a technology company that operates worldwide. Bühler produces machines for food as well as for animal feed. Overall we do process-oriented solutions. That means that our customer requires a special product and thereby I help with the whole process, especially designing the extruder, so that afterwards we can produce exactly the right product. For example, when the customer comes along and says he wants to produce corn flakes, we first check if our machines can do what the customer wants it to do. Then we do a test in the laboratory. I am then part of the management of this process or manage it completely by myself. Then I make sure that the selected product is manufactured the way the customer wants it to be. After that I know that we can convert from the small machine to the large one. Then I do the whole calculation, so that in the end we can sell the large extruder with the desired properties. When this has been delivered to the customer and has been nicely assembled and everything has been put into operation, then I come along and first test it by letting liquids or flour run through it. After that I check whether everything has been properly connected. Then we produce the product again together with the customer to check if the product is manufactured the way he wants it to be. Also we have to train the customer so that in the end he knows exactly how to operate the entire system. And also that he knows what he can do if he wants to change the product a little.
Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?
I completed my elementary school in the canton of Thurgau. Afterwards I went to the grammar school in Romanshorn. After the grammar school in Romanshorn I did an exchange year abroad and went to Australia to learn the language and did some travelling. Afterwards I went to the ETH to study food science. After the bachelor I took a break again to do different internships and to learn languages again. I was also in Cuba for that reason. Afterwards I did my master including different projects together with Bühler. Besides that I worked 40% in another area, at a food manufacturer. Then I did my master's thesis together with Bühler. And then actually ended up at Bühler through an unsolicited application.
Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?
It's certainly an advantage for this position if you learned chemistry, biology, mathematics and physics or if you're at least interested in these topics. But it's not absolutely necessary. It is important that you are flexible and that you can think analytically, so that you can break a problem down into individual components and then refer to them to solve a specific problem. You should also be open to challenges because you have to solve new challenges every day.