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Alumni Portrait: Review - Insight - Outlook

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Review - Insight - Outlook

Two former graduates of the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences give a review of their study time, an insight into their professional career and an outlook for the "graduates of tomorrow" on exciting activities at SysTec electronic AG.

Marcus Gruschwitz

Course of studies: Automotive electronics
Duration: 4 years
Current job: Hardware developer

What is your current professional position?

I have been working at SYS TEC electronic for 2 years as a development engineer for electronic systems. Together with my colleagues in my team, I am responsible for the hardware design for our customers.


What do you associate with WHZ?

For me, WHZ means the memory of a pleasant learning atmosphere in relatively small groups. I particularly liked the high proportion of practical work with many internships, as well as the good technical equipment and rooms that invited students to try things out and tinker. And of course, competent professors and lecturers with a great interest in their subject area remain in my memory as motivators.


What did you take away from your studies for your further (professional) life, what remains?

For me, there are many small things that remain. My career started with my professional life. As a master automotive technician, with many years of practical experience, I started my studies building on my first professional life. The reason - I wanted more. Stubborn working off, always the same tasks. Studying gave me back the joy of creativity, which I can now live out every day in my work.


What advice would you like to give to WHZ students and prospective students?

Anyone who is unsure about choosing a course of study should take a close look at the module catalog of the individual courses. That way, you can see what content is taught and avoid any surprises. Sometimes you will find a course of study whose content is more in line with your personal interests than you previously thought. That's how it was with me - only after closer research did I decide on automotive electronics. A personal conversation with professors and lecturers can also be helpful. If you are on the same wavelength, the decision is easier.


On the first day after vacation, I look forward mostto...

... to the next vacation. :D But first, of course, to seeing my colleagues again.


My greatest learning effect at Systec electronic was...

Due to the diversity of the projects to be worked on, there is always the opportunity to familiarize oneself with new topics, but also to refresh and deepen "old" knowledge.
Accompanying a product from the initial concept phase to series production readiness makes the work particularly varied. It often starts with a pencil sketch, continues with a soldering iron and oscilloscope, and only ends with certification and "turnkey" handover to the customer. Accompanying this journey fills us - my colleagues and me - with pride.

[DeepL] Florian Künzel - Hardware Engineer

Florian Künzel

Course of studies: Electronics
Duration: 4 years
Current job: Hardware developer


What is your current professional position?

As a system architect at SYS TEC electronic AG I have a variety of tasks. Started as an engineer for hardware design of customer specific developments, I was able to develop quickly in our projects - I had tasted blood. Not only the basic design interested me, I wanted to accompany, guide and support our team holistically, to accompany our solutions over their entire path. So I decided to continue my education.

At an SME like SYS TEC electronic, commitment quickly meets open doors and so, in addition to development itself, I was soon able to take over project management for individual projects. In cooperation with colleagues in development and our sales department, we create real added value for our customers every day.


What do you associate with WHZ?

The time at WHZ was one of the best in my life. The UAS is not too big, and that's good - because that's what makes it so familiar. The matriculation groups are the perfect size, so the lab engineers can spend time with each individual. If you want to gain knowledge, you will be helped no matter what. Even the professors take a lot of time for their students, you never felt left alone.

From electrotechnical basics to controller programming, the program offered me a broad outlook on various practically relevant topics for my future. Various extracurricular activities offer the possibility to find like-minded people in many groups - you can participate and get to know new things. First of all, I think of the sports activities and the racing team - there is something for everyone. You can feel that the university is driven by automotive engineering - already in my studies I was able to gain first experiences with bus systems, especially CAN - a still very important protocol for us at SYS TEC electronic.


What did you take away from your studies for your further (professional) life, what remains?

Of course, the broad toolbox for the future. In my profession, I didn't end up in a single stubborn field, but can work creatively and discover new things.
I also wanted to keep the family aspect. That's how I found SYS TEC electronic, a medium-sized company in our region. Here I can realize myself and really work as an engineer.


What advice would you like to give to WHZ students and prospective students?

Think about your goals - in and with your studies. The goal should not be the biggest company, a corporation, a big climb up the career ladder. Let your interest, passion and motivation guide you.
Is it important to you to really be an engineer - to be holistically creative, to be able to contribute your ideas from concept to series production? Then a position with a medium-sized company is the best choice.

[DeepL] Marcus Gruschwitz - Development Engineer

Marcus Gruschwitz

Course of studies: Automotive electronics
Duration: 4 years
Current job: Hardware developer


What is your current professional position?

For 2 years I have been working at SYS TEC electronic as a development engineer for electronic systems. Together with my colleagues in my team I am responsible for the hardware design for our customers.


What do you associate with WHZ?

For me, WHZ means the memory of a pleasant learning atmosphere in relatively small groups. I particularly liked the high proportion of practical work with many internships, as well as the good technical equipment and rooms that invited students to try things out and tinker. And of course, competent professors and lecturers with a great interest in their subject area remain in my memory as motivators.


What did you take away from your studies for your further (professional) life, what remains?

For me, there are many small things that remain. My career started with my professional life. As a master automotive technician, with many years of practical experience, I started my studies building on my first professional life. The reason - I wanted more. Stubborn working off, always the same tasks. Studying gave me back the joy of creativity, which I can now live out every day in my work.


What advice would you like to give to WHZ students and prospective students?

Anyone who is unsure about choosing a course of study should take a close look at the module catalog of the individual courses. That way, you can see what content is taught and avoid any surprises. Sometimes you will find a course of study whose content matches your personal interests better than you thought before. That's how it was with me - only after closer research did I decide on automotive electronics. A personal conversation with professors and lecturers can also be helpful. If you are on the same wavelength, the decision is easier.


On the first day after vacation, I look forward mostto...

... to the next vacation. :D But first, of course, to seeing my colleagues again.


My greatest learning effect at Systec electronic was...

Due to the diversity of the projects to be worked on, there is always the opportunity to familiarize oneself with new topics, but also to refresh and deepen "old" knowledge.
Accompanying a product from the initial concept phase through to series production makes the work particularly varied. It often starts with a pencil sketch, continues with a soldering iron and oscilloscope, and only ends with certification and "turnkey" handover to the customer. Accompanying this journey fills us - my colleagues and me - with pride.