Practical training abroad at BMS Kuhn Steel in Norway
At the end of their three-year apprenticeship to become “cutting machine operators” at Kuhn Special Steel, Simon Stausberg and Kent Abel were given the opportunity to gain valuable experience over and above their previous activities and to become closely familiar … Continue reading
At the end of their three-year apprenticeship to become “cutting machine operators” at Kuhn Special Steel, Simon Stausberg and Kent Abel were given the opportunity to gain valuable experience over and above their previous activities and to become closely familiar with not only another company but also another country. In summer they both spent three weeks at our Norwegian joint venture “BMS Kuhn Steel” in Stavanger, Norway, and reported back about their experiences:
“On Monday morning, precisely at the start of the shift at 6 o’clock, our plane took off from Düsseldorf. Once arrived at BMS Kuhn Steel in Stavanger, we were given a very friendly welcome and after a short round of introductions and a tour of the company, we were straight into our work clothes and the production department.
The production consists of a hand moulding department for producing the casting moulds, the foundry, the shakeout department where the cast components are separated from the sand, a department for shell moulding, and a grinding shop where the components are machined. We were allowed to work in all the departments during the following three weeks and thus gained a good insight into the production process at the company. As the employees come from all over Europe, communication took place mainly in English. And when there were communication difficulties from time to time, two German expatriates were able to help us and jump in as interpreters.
Besides the work at the company, we were left enough time to discover the region. Norway is famous for its fjords and as our apartment was located directly at the end of a fjord, we made the most of the opportunity and went on some hiking trips. The “Lysefjord” was particularly impressive. To the right and left of the water, the mountains rose to 1,000 metres and after a 90-minute hike you had a fantastic view over the fjord from the mountain tops.
After three weeks, which flew past, we set off on our return journey and arrived back safely in Germany. It was a very nice and interesting trip, on which we gained great experiences and impressions. We would like to thank all those who made this practical training possible, because getting this opportunity is not a matter of course and we will remember this trip for a long time to come.”