CoRE Interview Dennis Pohlmann


How did you become aware of the program?
I started my dual studies at the former Siemens AG in Duisburg (now Siemens Energy) in 2017, actively witnessing the establishment of the training center (CoRe) there. After completing my bachelor's degree, I became aware of the collaboration program between Siemens Energy and UDE during my master's studies through discussions with those responsible at CoRe in Duisburg.


Why did you choose the program?
My passion has always been to work hands-on. Hence, in 2017, I chose the dual study program to combine my desire for practical training with curiosity about mechanical engineering. During my bachelor's, I gained exciting experiences in the field of technology and manufacturing support at Siemens Energy Duisburg. However, I missed working in overalls with the machines and wanted to delve deeper into the design, construction, and operation of compressors and steam turbines, learning more about Siemens Energy's products. Through colleagues and now good friends at Siemens Energy, I learned about field service work and was immediately excited. The opportunity to continue my master's studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, focusing on turbomachinery, and concurrently solidify theoretical knowledge at CoRe through training and hands-on courses motivated me to join the program.


How is the program structured and what do you learn?
As a working student at the training center, the initial focus is on the master's program. This prioritization allows sufficient time and space for studies. Outside of exams and lectures at the university, possible periods for training are coordinated in close consultation with the responsible individuals at the training center. This depends on the CoRe training schedule and the available time of the students.


What do you like the most?
Time at CoRe is always exciting, so I enjoy being on-site. The training center serves as an open meeting point for employees and customers in the turbomachinery sector, facilitating the exchange of experiences and networking. During various training sessions, I had the opportunity to meet international colleagues from the assembly and sales departments in a relaxed atmosphere.


What role does the university play in the training program and what could be improved?
The university provides the space for a traditional master's program, playing an independent role in the collaboration program. As the training center's focus in my case is on steam turbines, the chair for fluid machinery serves as the primary contact in the program, especially regarding the master's thesis. A brief kick-off meeting at the beginning of the program to introduce contacts and fellow students would be desirable.


How does Siemens Energy support your education?
Siemens Energy allows me the time needed for my studies and serves as an uncomplicated point of contact for questions and issues. Regular discussions exchange the status of the study progress, and potential periods for training at CoRe are agreed upon. Early discussions about possible topics and ideas for the master's thesis are coordinated to ensure an exciting and educational phase with potential on-site assignments, benefiting all parties involved.


What experience had the most significant learning effect on you?
In my master's studies at UDE, I delved into the energy market, learning extensively about its functionality, systems, and economic aspects. This exploration highlighted the challenges of transforming the energy market through the expansion of renewable energy sources. I could recognize the crucial role of "traditional" power plant components like the steam turbine in overcoming these challenges quickly and safely in the future.