Lukas Steiner, a process technician at voestalpine Stahl GmbH in Linz, has packed his bags and is ready to be the training center’s first apprentice to gain work experience at the newly opened plant in Texas.
The new direct reduction plant in Corpus Christi, Texas, was officially opened on October 26, marking the start of a new era for the voestalpine Group. The same can be said for Lukas Steiner: now in the third year of his apprenticeship to become a process technician, Lukas Steiner has recently celebrated his 18th birthday and is looking forward to his work experience at the new plant in Texas.
Learning by doing
Corpus Christi does not have traditional apprenticeships and a training center such as that in Austria, and so Lukas Steiner will join the core team and support them in a variety of tasks. During his first five weeks he will be working in the Core Area: here he will be active in the metallurgical process as a panel operator in the central control room, and as a field operator on the plant itself, which is giving him the chance to gain valuable experience. During the last four weeks of his stay Lukas will work on material handling and learn about the relevant conveyor systems. As well as the intercultural experience and the opportunity to significantly improve his English, the prospective process technician will also become acquainted with the HBI production process at first hand.
"During training we always highlight the fact that voestalpine is a global enterprise, and that the range of potential jobs and career opportunities is diverse, whether in Austria or elsewhere. We are also convinced that a period spent abroad and the chance to gain work experience bring advantages to all those involved, and give a boost to the status of apprenticeships at the voestalpine Group."