Engineer for Chassis in Testing Interview with Patrick Schmucker

Why should recent graduates and early professionals apply for a job at Daimler Buses and what makes the work as engineer for chassis in testing at Daimler Buses so special? These and other questions were answered for us by Patrick Schmucker.

Hello Mr. Schmucker, please introduce yourself briefly.
I studied industrial engineering and have been working at Daimler Buses since 2005. When I'm not on the soccer field, I am an avid tennis player in my free time. In the winter, I tend to go skiing. Something else I have discovered for myself are cruise trips. The last one sailed straight across the European metropolitan cities.

Why did you decide for Daimler or Daimler Buses as your employer?
At Daimler Buses I have the opportunity to work with others on an incredibly exciting product that combines pure luxury (TopClass 500) and innovation (future electric bus). Since EvoBus is a Daimler GmbH, we benefit from the group's technological developments as well as from the greater freedom offered by the smaller company. The team is smaller, the colleagues know one another and the customer contact is also given at all times even in Development. Our unique family, i.e. the people who work on the product on a daily basis, is also special.

What was your previous experience at Daimler – starting from your first day at the company until today?
I studied at the Dual University in Heidenheim, in which Daimler Buses is a partner company. At the time, I already had a chance to experience exciting practical assignments, for example, in the Project House of Development or in strategic Sales & Marketing. After that came the dive into cold water. I had just gotten my degree and right away became assistant in Development.
After a good four years, I moved as team leader to Development Strategy, where I was in charge - among other things - of the long-term product planning and innovation management. The "radical change" to the pure world of technology came for me in 2016. Now I am team leader for the chassis in testing.

What makes your work so special?
Here, I have an incredibly wide variety of topics, and that for the entire product range, from the urban bus to the intercity bus and all the way to the touring coach and the double-decker bus. Testing for the break system, the assistance systems or the anti-jackknife control for articulated trains are just a few examples of the things my team and I are working on.
It is the people who make my work special, because many tasks can only be solved through a subjective driving assessment. For this, we need to have good coordination between Design, the calculation and the supplier.

Please tell us a bit more about your team and your work.
The challenge is to motivate my colleagues for deliver top performance every day. As a business engineer I am not as deeply involved in all technical topics. Therefore, it is important for me to have absolute trust in my team. In addition to the planning of projects, the test drives are a particularly exciting aspect in my job. Here, we test the best products with the best drivers. Whether during the heat of summer or in the cold of winter: We deliberately bring the technology of the buses to its limits. The winter test in February, which I organized in Finland, left a particularly strong impression on me. Besides the many tests of the break and steering, first and foremost, it was the great driving feel of our future electric bus that made my eyes shine.

Your tip for those who would like to apply at Daimler Buses?
Applicants should be enthusiastic about buses as a product and have the courage and desire to co-design the future of mobility. Openness and authenticity are always welcome. People with a good mix of pragmatism and perfectionism who want to take over responsibility, can make quick decisions, and feel at home in a dynamic environment are always in demand.

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