Two trainees from MAPAL have set their sights on becoming German champions in CNC milling
Julian Kraus and Lukas Weiß are learning how to be professional cutting machine operators at MAPAL. They’re also participating in the professional competition “WorldSkills” and have now made the final in the German championship.
The prospective cutting machine operators have been preparing for the competition at the MAPAL training centre since April. It was the trainers at MAPAL who had encouraged Weiß and Kraus to participate in the competition. “We’ve seen that these two have great potential,” says Robin Offinger, who is supporting the trainees with their preparations. Together with 22 competitors, Weiß and Kraus completed a three-day training course at the machine manufacturer CHIRON, which is organising the national competition this year. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the planned on-site event was cancelled and the training sessions took place virtually. For the qualification rounds, the two trainees travelled to the CHIRON factory in Tuttlingen and showed off their talent. The participants in the competition had to programme and then machine various steel and aluminium blanks within a specified time limit. However, the organisers did not make it easy for the young participants: “The parts were very complex and contained a variety of fit dimensions and tight tolerances,” says Julian Kraus, describing the difficult task. The participants’ workpieces were then measured and assessed electronically. Trainer Robin Offinger is delighted that his trainees have made it this far and is looking forward to the final with confidence: “I think they’ll both be crowned champion.”