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Hallo, Kollege!*

*Hello, colleague!

Our series introduces Volkswagen employees from around the world. This issue: Mario Niermann from Volkswagen Osnabrück.

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Mario Niermann

For what exactly are you responsible at Volkswagen Osnabrück?

I work as a plant operator on an automated press line in the press plant. This involves operating the plant, working in gripper assembly, and programming the robots that convey pressed parts from one press to the next. My responsibilities alsoinclude equipping the plant, which means, for example, exchanging the dies, which can weigh tons. I’ve been at the site since completing my training as a shop fitter in 1984 – back then, it was still Karmann. I have worked for Volkswagen Osnabrück since the metal group was integrated in 2011.

What is the nicest experience you’ve had during your time at Volkswagen, and what do you like best about your job?

I always like to think back on Family Day in 2011, when we presented our company to more than 10,000 people. Back then I was able to show my wife and child where I work. Of course, I have since tried to get my daughter interested in technical vocations at Volkswagen, but she is determined to become a vet. Ultimately, it’s her decision. What I particularly like about my job is that my responsibilities are varied, and there are many opportunities for further training.

What activities should colleagues be sure not to miss when they come to Osnabrück?

The historic old town in Osnabrück is particularly worth seeing, with its cathedral, the town hall, where the Treaty of Westphalia was signed, and fortifications surviving from what used to be the city wall. It’s also the place to find rustic inns and traditional restaurants. For families, I’d recommend a visit to the Osnabrück Zoo.