I was trained as a blacksmith, but I needed to work with a little less physically demanding craft. That's why I got the idea to become an automation technician. I researched my options and came across this ad from Aasted saying they were looking for an apprentice. I applied for the position and started as an adult apprentice in Line Assembly. I was an apprentice for 2 years. Subsequently, I joined the Enrobing station, where I am now. I was an adult apprentice and graduated in 2013, currently I am 46 years old trained automation technician.
They trust us
The department I work in is not that big; everyone knows everyone. We have machine workers, blacksmiths and electricians. We sometimes work on the same projects simultaneously but are also often divided into different projects.
Working as an automation technician is a bit like being an electrician, but at Aasted, we work a lot with automation technology, which means that we work on the control board of the machine itself. My daily work also consists of pulling wires and pipes and mounting motors and sensors on the chocolate enrobers.
As an automation technician, I guess we can call ourselves specialists in control boards. At least, I feel that I have become somewhat of an expert during my time here in Aasted. And I think the reason for this is that I have been giving such free rein and the time to develop. They trust us. And if things get done right and done on time, then that is what really matters in the end.
I still feel happy when I am at work
Before I started my apprenticeship as an automation technician, I worked as a blacksmith. And sometimes, I am still offered to help with some of the tasks over in that department. Aasted is so good at remembering what we are capable of, and I think it is great that I am still able to use the different skills I have – also the ones I earned years ago.
I do not know if it is the people here or if it is Aasted itself, but I have always felt welcome - more so than I have felt elsewhere in my career. I could easily imagine working here for many years to come because I still feel happy when I am at work, and what motivates me the most is, first and foremost, my colleagues.
I believe that if you want to be a part of Aasted, you just have to be yourself, then there is room for everyone. At least, that is what I felt when I started working here. I felt there was room for me, even though we are all very different here. Here in Aasted, there exists a lot of opinions on how things should be done - but in the end, we always come up with a good solution together.