Roman Gottschalk

Nationality: German City, Country: Lübeck, Germany Study Program, Degree: Dual degree in Mechanical Engineering, Specializing in product development, materials and production, MSc.                    Year of Graduation: 2015                                                                                     Employer and positionNordic mechanical engineering Rud. Baader GmbH + Co. KG., Development engineer for fish processing machines.

Why did you decide to join the TUHH back then, and from today’s perspective, that was a good thing?                                                                  At the time, I really wanted to do a dual degree because I heard from a friend who had completed a dual degree at BASF that the knowledge I had learned could be put to practical use during my studies. I also wanted to study at a university in order to get the best possible education. This interesting combination existed at the TUHH in connection with the Baader company. From today’s perspective, too, participation in dual@TUHH was very good. The course prepared me very well for my current professional life. In addition, through the exchange program between the TUHH and the University of Waterloo in Canada, I was able to gain unforgettable international experience that broadened my linguistic and cultural horizons.

What was your motivation for choosing this subject and this profession?                                                                                                                As a child I played a lot with Lego, later with Lego technology and Lego Mindstorms. That’s when I noticed how much fun it is for me to build new machines and then bring them to life through programming. In addition, I was attracted by the idea of ​​being able to interlink the theoretical knowledge of the TUHH with practice from a partner company. That’s why it was clear to me quite early on that I wanted to become an engineer in classic mechanical engineering.

What is the best thing about your job?                                                          What I like most is that I can participate in the entire development of a new machine myself: from the concept phase and construction at the desk to testing the test machine in the test workshop to testing the prototype on site at the customer, for example in Norway or Scotland. These trips are often very exhausting, but I learn an incredible amount on site and it is a great feeling when the customer is satisfied with the new machine.

What do you use from your studies for your job?                                   Depending on which components or assemblies the development is currently about, I use different things from my studies. I often apply my knowledge of mechanics and design engineering because, for example, our filleting machines contain a large number of mechanical assemblies. But I also dealt intensively with automation technology, fluid technology, sensor technology or FEM analyzes during my studies in the company and now I need this knowledge on a regular basis.

What does a typical working day look like for you and what skills do you need for it?                                                                                                                 I am currently the project manager and design manager for the further development of a fish processing machine. So, on the one hand, I have to develop and test the mechanical components of the machine, but on the other hand, I mustn’t lose sight of the big picture and must ensure that the other team members can also perform their tasks optimally. In addition, I am currently traveling a lot to test newly developed machine functions on site at the customer. Sometimes it’s not that easy to get everything under one roof, but it’s still a lot of fun.

If you were President of the TUHH …                                                                      … I would definitely expand the dual study program at the TUHH.