Our goal is to offer our apprentices an optimum start to their vocational careers through our team training. The team training, which is mainly carried out by Outward Bound, has proven its worth in the field of communications, integration and readiness to assist many times. In addition, regular special projects provide a diversified training; these projects are often carried out cross-professionally and with members of different years of apprenticeship. Through our special projects, we also delight our apprentices outside their normal training. All apprentices who have participated in special projects were always completely enthused by their tasks. Functional results round off the projects and make them successful experiences. Up to now, our special projects were our robot Xaver and most recently a PistenBully to a scale of 1:6. Of course, we also carry out smaller projects within the scope of the training years for apprentices. They are then able to take the results of these projects home with them.
Our apprenticeship workshop has been working on the PistenBully project for some time now. Part way through the project, it was time to present it to the apprentices at Kässbohrer, the manufacturer of the original PistenBully. Therefore, in October 2019, our apprentices and their training supervisors set off on the journey to Laupheim. There they presented our model of a PistenBully E-600 to a scale of 1:6. Our model was very well received but, of course, had to prove its worth on the test terrain: Our PistenBully sustained the promises made by the original. It easily mastered the test mountain with a good 40 % gradient. After the test run, the STW team was given a company tour through the Kässbohrer production halls. It was great to see how the original E-600 is assembled and it gave our team insights into where our STW controls are installed into the PistenBully. The PistenBully technology is highly impressive, and when you remember that our apprentices built their model based only on a three-view drawing, then they have done extremely well to come so close to the original. Our apprentice project has not yet been completed, and still has to be extended and converted. Nevertheless, it has been possible to repeatedly use the model for study work, and it will certainly be used for such work in the future, in addition to presentations at our apprenticeship fairs.