In the following interview Jörg Steiner, project manager in Research & Development, offers insights into his career path leading him from the Montanuniversität Leoben to voestalpine Giesserei Linz GmbH.
Jörg Steiner graduated in Metallurgy from the Montanuniversität Leoben. A Master’s thesis advertised by voestalpine Giesserei in Linz and several previous vacation jobs at the steel plant were his first contact with voestalpine. Today he is a project manager working in Research & Development. Find out more about his professional career in the following interview:
As a student, when was the first time you came across voestalpine?
I worked at the steel plant a few times during my vacation, after my school leaving examinations and before starting university. Right from the beginning I was totally fascinated with the steelmaking-process, and in the end this influenced my choice of study.
Which degree and career path finally brought you to voestalpine?
While still studying I often spent the summers at the LD steel plant, the foundry, and in refractory construction. Then at the end of my studies I wrote my Master’s thesis on behalf of voestalpine Giesserei in Linz. And after successfully graduating, it was here that I was able to start my professional career, first in process molding, then as a process manager, and since December 2016, as project manager for material development in the R&D department.
What is your current role at voestalpine and what aspects of your degree have you been able to use in your work?
A current focus lies in the development and optimization of alloying concepts for high-temperature-resistant and creep-resistant chromium steels and nickel-based alloys. Here we primarily work within international, cross-divisional working groups, and naturally try to meet customer demands and requirements as best we can.
"I was provided with the first tools for my current job at the Montanuniversität: the ability to organize myself, a fascination for steel and metallic materials, and a solid grounding in the subject matter. "
What advice would you give a Montanuniversität student or graduate about their professional future?
It is important to retain an interest and delight in the subject area itself after finishing university. That means always being open to new ideas and having a positive attitude to change.
What do you particularly appreciate about your employer voestalpine Giesserei Linz GmbH?
On the one hand, it’s the cooperative working environment in which everyone helps each other and offers support in a whole range of fields.
"And on the other, it's the excitement of the work itself and the opportunities to develop and grow which voestalpine offers."