National Competition Amongst Mechanics: The Best Comes from Newtec in Lower Saxony
Participants in the national competition amongst mechanics for agricultural and construction machine technology, held in Kaiserslautern, had to solve eight challenging tasks. The winner was 22-year-old Heinrich-Hubertus Machtens from Lower Saxony, who completed his training at Newtec Vertriebsgesellschaft für Agrartechnik mbH, a subsidiary of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG.
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- National winner Heinrich-Hubertus Machtens (2nd from the right) and his trainer, Rolf Bohnsack of Newtec (2nd from left), received the award from the President of the LandBauTechnik-Bundesverband, Ulf Kopplin (right), and member of the Management Board, Leo Thiesgen.
After around eight hours of challenging tasks, it was clear who Germany's best agricultural technologist was this year: Heinrich-Hubertus Machtens, from Lower Saxony, won the day against the competition. The 22-year-old had completed his training in Harsum with the Best Apprentice Award from the Chamber of Trades and Crafts and also won Lower Saxony's subsequent state heat. Participation in the national competition, which was organized by the LandBauTechnik-Bundesverband in Kaiserslautern in November, followed from this. On 26 November, the German champion and his trainers as well as the winners of the second and third prizes, from Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate, respectively, were officially honoured in Essen on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting of the LandBauTechnik-Bundesverband.
"A great success for Mr Machtens", Newtec Managing Director Jürgen Schneider says, offering his congratulations. "Coming first in this high-calibre competition requires a great deal of knowledge, ambition and, not least, passion for technology. After all, the other candidates were also the best from their federal state."
The stages that participants in the national competition needed to go through were as diverse as the occupational profile of the agricultural machinery mechanic: knowledge was tested thoroughly by means of various tasks and hidden defects in a tractor, two construction machines, a diesel engine, a ride-on lawn mower, a drilling machine and gearbox. Furthermore, a technical component needed to be manufactured.
Heinrich-Hubertus Machtens, as the son of a farmer, grew up with technology, resulting in his early interest in agricultural technology. "Hydraulics, mechanics, electrics, electronics and pneumatics – not many occupations offer five independent fields of activity", Machtens explains. The technology enthusiast from Lower Saxony, who went on to become a master after his training, did not prepare specially for the national competition. In his training, he said, he had become acquainted with a good deal of technical knowledge and different approaches to error diagnostics, which also came in useful during the national contest. "Ultimately, the test day was like being in a workshop: every day brings something different and any error can develop into a challenge", Machtens says with a smile.
In addition to Heinrich-Hubertus Machtens, two other trainees from AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG took part in the national competition: Kevin Jahnke from AGRAVIS Technik Sachsen-Anhalt/Brandenburg GmbH, Rackith, and Tobias Schmeink from AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock GmbH, Steinheim. The two trainees came fourth.