Romuald Pollak, machine operator
I started learning production from scratch when I began training at Ernstmeier as a textile finisher in 1990. Of course the processes and machines were different back then. Today, I don't just stand at the machine.
Work at the desk and the PC equally belong to my work, as do regular trips to the warehouse. It's enormous how much lies behind an order an how much IT is involved. As a professional on the machine, you know your people. Which fabric needs a special amount of attention – knowledge based on many years of experience. Maybe that's why I like it here so much. The work is diverse and I can largely organize my tasks myself. What's almost even more important is that I also get along wonderfully with my colleagues.
Nadine Lehnen, IT
I started my training at Ernstmeier as an industrial clerk in 1996. After my first and only job interview and a tour through the administrative area, I got a call a few days later: "I'm afraid I have to inform you ...", long pause, "... that we would be very pleased to hire you." The chemistry worked.
During my training, I had many opportunities to try out IT and to get to know the challenges. This awakened the desire in my to choose that very area as my profession.
An interesting task. All departments share interfaces with IT systems and each adjustment in processes must be integrated in the IT.
And the next projects are already in progress. It's still exciting.
Sven Pannhorst, team leader
I completed by training here at Ernstmeier as a plant and machine operator in 1994. After that, I was first employed as a stand-in in all areas of production, which allowed me to continuously develop my experience with the machines. Later I worked in the production laboratory, the main tasks of which included consistent quality assurance and control.
Based on my qualification, the company allowed me to train to become a foreman for textile processing. When I was then offered the chance to take over as team manager and deputy shift supervisor in production, I didn't have to think about it long.
After only one year, I am now leading my own team and act as deputy shift supervisor. Every day is different. Keeping a constant overview of everything and bearing responsibility, that's what makes my job exciting and diverse.
I've been working with most of my colleagues for over 20 years now. This simplifies a lot of things in daily operations. That's why I like working at Ernstmeier. As an employee, you have every chance to develop and take on responsibility – if you want to.
Ina Kaupmann, Development Laboratory
If I answer the question "What do you do for a living ...?" with "I'm a textile lab technician", I almost always get questioning looks. That still makes me grin even after 17 years. As I then go on to explain my duties, I am reminded again and again that I am still very satisfied with my unusual choice of occupation.
My work offers exciting challenges every day. Especially when we work with our customers to develop product modifications or new products tailored to their wishes. For analyses, our test equipment naturally plays a central role. And if the preliminary tests were successful, we can supply our customers with trial articles at short notice and independently of production thanks to our pilot system.
But the best thing about my job is my team - we all pull together! And that not only sounds good, it really is good!