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Girls’ Day at Neuberger: Six attendees gain fascinating insight into electronics careers


For this year's Girls Day on 28 April, Neuberger Gebäudeautomation offered interested girls from the 5th grade onwards the chance to sample life as an apprentice electronics engineer for automation technology. A total of six girls aged between 10 to 13 took up the offer.

After the participants were welcomed by Kerstin Dümmler and Jennifer Heilmann, there was a short presentation about the company. On a subsequent guided tour of the company, the girls were able to find out more about what exactly the specialist company for building automation does. This was followed by a practical exercise where the participants learned about electrical components and what they do, as well as how they are assembled on the control cabinet production line. To put their learning into practice, the girls were allowed to wire up a monitoring circuit using their own models and then test it to see if it worked.

After lunch, the afternoon continued with a visit to the electronics production department. There, the participants learned about electronic components (e.g. resistors, capacitors, light-emitting diodes, etc.) and how they are used. Each girl then made a small electronic component in the shape of a smiley, which she was allowed to take home as a memento of Girls’ Day at Neuberger.

The participants were expertly guided by Tobias Mühlauer (trainer of electronics engineers for automation technology), Jürgen Kandert (electronics production), Elisabeth Gruber (BMS software), Lukas Bayer (control cabinet production) and Jonas Ehritt (apprentice).

“In recent years, at least one girl has been taken on in each apprenticeship year to train as an electronics engineer for automation technology,” says Friedrich Uhl, authorised signatory and HR manager at Neuberger. “For us, Girls’ Day is a positive opportunity to challenge the stereotype that a career in electronics is only for men. We are delighted that there is such demand and interest every year.”

This year’s group of participants was a real mix – two girls came from the Oskar-von-Miller Realschule, two from the Christian-von-Bomhard Schule in Uffenheim, one from the Montessori School in Neusitz and one from the Edith-Stein-Realschule in Schillingsfürst.

Elisabeth Gruber (Neuberger, left) uses a model control cabinet to explain electrical components to an attendee at Neuberger’s Girls Day event.