Some 90 new trainees began traditional or dual-study training programs with Lufthansa Technik Monday (August 29th) in Hamburg-Fühlsbuttel. Across Germany, 171 trainees, 14 more than in 2015, began working with Lufthansa Technik. The company is now training 575 people for professions in technical aircraft services or aircraft logistics. Applicants had a choice of 16 professions and study courses.
Three trainees with hearing impairments
Most of the slots in Hamburg go to young people who will become aircraft mechanics with specialties in repair technology (12), engine technology (12), manufacturing technology (6) and aircraft electronics (12) as well as new apprenticeships as electronics technician for devices and systems (12). Three of 18 tool mechanics starting in Hamburg are deaf trainees. Lufthansa Technik is continuing a successful project begun in 2000.
The dual-study trainees include three practice-oriented aircraft engineers (Bachelor of Engineering), one practice-oriented electrical engineer (Bachelor of Science), two mechanical engineers (Bachelor of Science) and two students of mechatronics. The courses are being given at the University of Applied Sciences.
Decrease in number of women trainees
Some 55 new trainees have been hired in Frankfurt, 14 in Arnstadt in Thuringia, eight in Alzey in Rhineland-Pfalz and four in Munich. A total of 128 young people will start their training at Lufthansa Technik AG and eight will begin at Lufthansa Technik AERO Alzey, which specializes in overhauling smaller jet and turboprop engines. Lufthansa Engineering and Operational Services (LEOS), a ground handling services subsidiary, will have one trainee as an automotive mechatronics technician. Lufthansa Technik Logistik Services (LTLS) will have 20 new trainees in warehouse logistics. N3 Engine Overhaul Services, a joint venture with Rolls Royce headquartered in Arnstadt in Thuringia, filled twelve training slots for aircraft mechanics specialising in engine technology. The company will now train two warehouse logistics specialists for the first time.
Women accounted for slightly less than 8 per cent of the new trainees in the current training year. Their numbers are down significantly on previous years. While there are signs of a turnaround for 2017 based on the applications received, the company will continue its increased efforts to interest women in technically oriented professions.
7,500 employees in Hamburg
Lufthansa Technik is headquartered in Hamburg and has over 30 subsidiaries, associated companies and more than 26,000 employees. It counts among the key manufacturer-independent providers of technical services for aircraft. About 7,500 employees work on the premises in Hamburg, which are spread out over 750,000 square meters in the western part of the airport. A major employer in Hamburg, Lufthansa Technik has over 500 engineers. The company offers the entire spectrum of services for commercial aircraft in maintenance, repair, overhaul, modification and conversion, engines and components.