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Designing a training position for a technical product designer


The company manufactures components for the automotive industry and large precision pipes for pipeline construction.

Disability and impairment of the employee:

The man has multiple sclerosis (MS). He is dependent on the constant use of a wheelchair. His reach is restricted due to his disability. The GdB (degree of disability) is 70.

Training and job:

The man had started vocational training as an industrial mechanic at the company, which he was unable to complete due to the onset of MS and his permanent physical limitations. The vocational training was changed from industrial mechanic to technical product designer. Part of the training period as an industrial mechanic was credited by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce so that he was able to enter the second year of training directly.

Workplace and work task:

The trainee's tasks within the design department include preparing standard-compliant and workshop-compliant production documents and drawings from given sketches and design drafts. He therefore works particularly closely with the production department and the engineers in the design department and must use CAD to produce the technical drawings. To make this possible, a new CAD workplace has been set up in the design department. There, the vocational training trainee works at the CAD workplace with a motorized height and tilt-adjustable work table. The controls for the motorized adjustment of the work table are located within the trainee's limited reach. This allows the trainee to make the necessary adjustments themselves in order to adopt a favorable working posture. A roll container is available for storing plans, drawings and other underlays. In addition, a computer with an additional license for the CAD software had to be purchased for the CAD workstation.

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Further Information

and participation:
Promotion for the newly created workplace for the trainee with a severe disability was provided by the Integration or Inclusion Office. Advice on work design was provided by the Technical Advisory Service of the Integration and Inclusion Office.

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Last Update: 10 Jan 2024