Lufthansa Technik is investing €7.5 million in a training centre for engine mechanics.
The centre is located in Hamburg-Rahlstedt, Germany. It will see 376 new employees who have already completed a technical or craft apprenticeship trained there this year. They will be able to take on independent tasks in the workshops after just four to six months, Lufthansa Technik said.
The new mechanics will help meet the growing workload in the company’s engine shops post-Covid. Over the next five years, more than 1,000 new employees will join Lufthansa Technik.
In addition to German, the technical aviation training is also conducted in English, so that international applicants can be brought on board. Sign language interpreters will be available at all times for future colleagues with hearing impairments. Lufthansa Technik said it had been training people with hearing impairments for over 20 years.
The training starts with a theory block conducted by Lufthansa Technical Training. The practical training units include (if required) the acquisition of knowledge in metal processing (including grinding, drilling, milling), the disassembly/assembly of modules, findings and the basics of engine parts repair. Three CFM56 training engines are available for this purpose. A LEAP engine will be added shortly. During this phase, the trainees are supervised by eight experienced practical trainers.
“We are emerging from the crisis stronger than before and are delighted about the high demand for our services and products throughout Lufthansa Technik Group,” said Lufthansa Technik’s COO and chief human resources officer Harald Gloy.
“Our engine shops in Hamburg are also filling up again, and we need many highly qualified and motivated mechanics. The modern training centre offers the ideal conditions for bringing lateral entrants quickly and efficiently up to the high level of qualification that our customers expect from us.
“We are not only one of Hamburg’s largest employers, but above all one of the most exciting. Anyone who works for us deals with high-tech and at the same time the scent of the wide world. And in the engine sector in particular, everyone can also contribute to making flying more sustainable.”
Lufthansa Technik’s VP operations engine services Michael Kirstein commented: “Experience has shown us that on-the-job training in the workshop is time-consuming for everyone involved and affects the structured operational processes. That’s why we decided to set up our own qualification centre for the further qualification of people who already have a technical training. In this way, we are able to integrate our new colleagues into the workshops quickly and with the best possible preparation.
“Together with Lufthansa Technical Training, we have planned the centre in such a way that it is optimally tailored to the needs of the qualification of the new employees. The working environment is bright and friendly and, above all, equipped with the latest tools and equipment so that everything can be practiced under real conditions. Our experts pass on their knowledge here in a targeted manner and provide optimum preparation for use on the customer’s engine.”
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