Today on the blog we introduce you to Juri, working in the automotive field at MCA Engineering GmbH.
Could you introduce yourself shortly ?
My name is Juri and I come from South Tirol (north of Italy). I started my studies with a bachelor degree in industrial engineering in Trento (Italy). After that I decided to go deeper in the materials chemistry, so I continued my career with a master degree in material science and technology. After one year master in Italy, in order to complete my chemistry knowledge in the engineering field, I applied for a double master degree program in mechanical engineering with the technical university Munich (TUM). During the same year I had the possibility to run two research projects at BMW. I decided to apply for MCA Engineering because of the amount of different possible projects at the most notable companies in the mechanical engineering environment.
Can you tell us about the project you are currently working on at Rolls-Royce?
In the classic automotive projects we can find different kinds of technologies like tech. assembly, tech. forming, tech. logistics, etc... Rolls-Royce belongs to BMW so there is the trend to “carry over” all the BMW standard structure and therefore all the technologies I described. The main problem is that the interior of the RR cars is quite complex and needs additional “technologies” as wood and leather. Both technologies are pretty new so there is the necessity to improve them and enhance the organization structure like the other technologies. My role as project steerer for both technologies is to achieve this goal and manage and track all the project modifications.
What do you enjoy most about this project, and what have you learned so far?
With this job I have the possibility to be part not only of a specific automotive project but, as technology steerer of all the current and future RR projects. The particular thing in this company is the “series” production. Due to the small number of produced cars the production departments are extremely flexible (for example RR has a single assembly line for all the models). So every day there are complex and interesting Problems to solve. The most important skill you can achieve with this job is to deal with a huge amount of different topics (starting from economics to material science and project management).
Any advices for someone who would like to do the same career?
I would always recommend to be flexible and hungry for new tasks, even if the treated topics are initially completely strange. My suggestion is therefore to be informed and interested in the complete engineering and economics field.
Would you see yourself continue working in the automotive field or would you like to change at some point?
It’s difficult to answer. The automotive field is strongly changing. During the last years, due to the growing e-mobility and more and more restrictive CO2 regulations, we saw the beginning of a strange crisis in the automotive industry. The current technologies (for example batteries) are not enough developed and the existing power grid distribution is not capable for such demand. For all this reasons it’s hard to say how the automotive industry and all the related jobs as well, will evolve in the next years.
What do you prefer about working with MCA?
In comparison to other similar companies, working with MCA gives me the possibility to choose between a lot of different and interesting projects at the most competitive companies in the mechanical engineering field. Furthermore MCA cares about all the consultants by scheduling periodically “get together” and workshops in order to enhance the technical skills of each.
If you had to describe MCA in 3 words what would they be?
Reliable, professional, cooperative.
Could you describe a typical day at work?
My working day starts typically at 7:30 am at the BMW Forschung und Innovationszentrum. The first half hour is checking emails and daily meetings. During the morning I attend most of the circles and in case of relevant information or tasks for technology wood and leather I communicate them to the plant in UK. After lunchtime we have a daily team alignment. I don’t really have a typical working day. As in all automotive projects there is a lot to do coming closer to the project milestones or in invest forecast submission periods.
What would be the next step for you, career wise?
I’m in this project only since the last autumn and it’s my first job, so the plan is to stay in this project in order to improve my skills as project steerer. I’m not sure what’s next. I believe I have multiple career options staying at MCA, but I’m still not sure if it’s better for me to stay in a proper technical field or change completely to the project management.
In your opinion, what is the best thing about working in Munich? What activities you’d recommend to someone who wants to come for a weekend?
Munich is in my opinion a good work/life balance. Not only in the weekend but also during the week, there are a lot of recreational activities you can do: museums, concerts and a lot of different shopping possibilities. Of course, one of the biggest attraction in Munich are the “Biergarten” where you can spent your weekend in summer. Another nice activity is walking or running in the amazing park “englischer Garten” located in city center.
And lastly, one fun fact about you? 😊
During the week I’m a very serious and work focused person, but like Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hide, during the weekend I can easily turn into a party monster.