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Tobias Ninnemann

Research and Development employee

Tobias Ninnemann

I am convinced that great things can only happen where theory and practice meet.

My job

I have always preferred to develop and research new things rather than simply reproducing them. Therefore, it was clear to me very early on that I would prefer a creative work profile later on. That does not mean knowing the history of developments is unimportant. I have done justice to this aspect by studying materials science. But I didn't have to think long before taking the plunge into application-oriented research.

Anti-friction bearings have become the object of my research activities. The anti-friction bearing is not only the most widely used machine element in the world, it also touches on a wide variety of specialist disciplines. For this reason, it seemed intuitively right to me to start my career in the industry with a trainee year. Although I had already worked with anti-friction bearings during my time at the university, I wanted to learn more about the other areas of material science, such as calculation, design and manufacturing methods. But my training at thyssenkrupp rothe erde was a great enrichment.

Today, my job profile covers topics such as automation of quality assurance procedures, failure analysis, coatings, durability testing and qualification of new materials.

My challenges

As a researcher and developer, I am constantly confronted with the unknown. Familiarizing yourself with new topics and developing new fields of expertise call for long-term extreme initiative, a great deal of commitment and energy. However, this is rewarded by diversity and a high rate of events. After work you usually have something interesting to tell.

My typical working day

The truth is that I don't have a typical working day, because my activities are too varied. In many projects, I work as a project manager, creating project structure plans and work packages, and delegating the implementation to internal and external partners. In other cases, I myself am involved in the practical implementation. Both are very exciting working methods that alternate constantly. In times of rampant outsourcing in many industrial sectors, we at thyssenkrupp Bearings are fortunate that we are still a company with a high degree of vertical integration, including research and development focused on production. I am convinced that great things can only happen where theory and practice meet. In this sense, in many cases I work together with colleagues from the production departments beyond the departmental boundaries.

Our slogan is "engineering. tomorrow. together." Together means for me …

… first and foremost: To pursue a common goal while respecting the balance of interests of all parties involved. Above all, this requires good cooperation based on emphatic consultation. In my opinion, this is the basic prerequisite for long-term success. I found this culture in the Research and Development department of thyssenkrupp rothe erde.

Realizing your potential, having fun, being happy

I draw my motivation to a large extent from independent work. In addition, I would like to identify myself with my company's product and the area in which it is used. Research and testing of slewing bearings for wind power provides 100 percent of both.