This month we introduce André Puensch.
André joined Linkam from his native Germany, he is a skilled engineer in the Production Department and one of his jobs is to cast the pure silver heating element which is at the heart of every hot stage. He is also the brains behind the short film: "behind the scenes: a tribute to 30 years" which shows some of the processes involved in making a Linkam instrument.
How long have you worked at Linkam?
To be precise- on the 25th February it has been two years and four months.
What is the best part of working at Linkam?
Part of it is the working in a fantastic young, team, that conquered the world with their temperature controlled stages. The other part is the chance to try out my own ideas and to suggest improvements.
Tell us about your studies and work experience. What were you doing before Linkam?
After school, I started an apprenticeship as a Mechatronics in a medium- sized company in Dresden, Germany. I had the opportunity to gain knowledge in working metal, especially laser cutting, bending, milling and assembling. I always wanted to have a degree, but I did not want to go to University. In 2006, I started a four year long, part-time evening course to become a ´state- certified engineer `. After finishing the course, I moved to England and started here at Linkam.
Why did you choose a technical career?
When I was a little boy, I was fascinated by metal and the fact that it could be bent into any shape. At the age of 10, I got given a wooden truck, and started experimenting with it, using LED’s to illuminate it. This was followed by many more little projects, each of which encouraged me to pursue a technical job as a career.
What makes you passionate about science/ engineering?
When you compare the technology from 15 years ago to the state-of-art technology available today, the differences are remarkable. Everything is smaller, quicker and better. I am convinced that our products will shape the future and improve our lives. Who knows, maybe in 15 years scientists will find a way for humans to live on Mars, using one of our stages.
What do your parents do?
My mum is an engineering draughtswoman. Over the years, she has worked for civil engineers, road engineers and interior designers. My dad works as a logistics manager for a big company which produces solar cell modules.
How would you describe your average day at Linkam?
The only average thing is the way in to Linkam and the way back home. No day is the same at Linkam. New work means new challenges. Even when I do the casting of our blocks with the same machine settings, the results are always different. That’s why every block is unique.
What are your hobbies?
I do have very time-consuming hobbies. First of all I love building models. Five years ago, I started building a remote-controlled bendy bus in scale 1:12.5 in metal, which I will hopefully finish in the first quarter of 2013. Furthermore, I like making videos, for example, I have made several documentaries about Linkam.
Where do you want to be in ten years?
I would love to have a nice little cottage and live there with my wife and kids. Still working at Linkam, I would like to be a production planner and help improve production processes -in quality and time.
And lastly, where did you go on your last holiday?
Being from a different country means that you will spend most of your holidays going back to your family or having them over and showing them the area where you live. Me and my wife spent our last proper holiday travelling around Scotland. Using a tent we did a round-trip in August 2008. What we didn’t expect was that it would rain for two and a half weeks.
Well that's it for now.
We hope you are enjoying the snap-shot into the lives of the people that play a part in creating your Linkam stage. If there are any questions you would like us to answer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.