Alexander Schmidt on his entry to the company as a graduate

Alexander Schmidt, Production Engineer

"After gaining experience in precious metal recycling through the course of my internship, I wrote my degree thesis at Heraeus. The great atmosphere convinced me that I should come to work here full time and take part in the Start-up Program."

Mr. Schmidt, what makes your work so interesting?

I make complex things simple. In recycling, you rarely deal with an average substance. That means we need innovative solutions, such as clear and consistent instructions for testing equipment and processes. We must be capable of handling diverse materials and meeting our high standards for quality and safety.

You were an intern and then you wrote your bachelor’s thesis at Heraeus?

Exactly. During the internship, I spent most of my time with the precious metals recycling departement. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to stay here. The topic of my thesis was the smelting properties of precious metal alloys. Heraeus gave me the opportunity to look at technical documentation and investigate precious metals. When I had a problem, my colleagues were always there to give me advice and support. They were always very helpful and friendly.

What can you tell us about the Heraeus Start-up Program?

It is a great opportunity for someone starting their career. In the first three years, the accompanying Start Up seminars give you a good overview of the various departments, their tasks and the working world in general. In addition to training opportunities, the location decision process is a great help in analyzing where you stand professionally and where you would like to go. However, the most important thing is regular contact to others who have completed the program. I still meet regularly with several of them!