As a preparation opportunity for my dual studies at TecAlliance (Bachelor of Engineering: Innovation- and Productmanagement), I was offered the opportunity to take part in a preliminary course in electrical engineering at ebmpapst in Mulfingen.
On the first day each of us participants got a folder with the basics of electrical engineering. On more than 100 pages, the basics were vividly explained and the acquired knowledge was consolidated by practical application tasks on the plug-in box.
At the end of each block, the tasks were discussed together with the local trainer and any ambiguities were removed. The first part started with simple topics, such as the question of what a circuit is at all.
After we had finished the folder after four days and had discussed the last chapter “Disposable rectifiers”, we were allowed to start our own trainee exercise, in which we could build two circuits ourselves. An astable flip-flop, in which two LED lights flashed alternately and a running light circuit, in which we in addition to the two alternately shining LEDs installed six more, which flashed sequentially.
I particularly liked this part of the course because we were allowed to do everything ourselves. From the production of the circuit board including etching and drilling, over the selection and correct assembly of the parts on the circuit board, up to the tests, with which not infrequently a part exploded to the one or other participant and flew around their ears.
In case of questions and problems, the instructors and students were happy to help and it was obviously an effort to make it possible for the participants with relatively little and dusty previous knowledge to have a pleasant introduction to the subject, as above all the reference to everyday items of daily use was made.
All in all, I am grateful to have been given the chance and to have taken it and I’m looking to being able to use my knowledge again and again during my studies.