How do I become an engineer at Truetzschler? –



March 1, 2019

Ralph Thannisch

How do I become an engineer at Truetzschler?

This year’s Valentine’s day was not only about spending time with the loved ones. At Truetzschler it was time to invest in the future. Therefore, 23 students from different schools in Moenchengladbach came around to learn about the tasks and demands on engineers in textile machine engineering.

How do I become an engineer at Truetzschler?

What are the different tasks of an engineer? Which skills and interests do I need for the job? Do I have to study at a university or are there any alternatives? What perspectives do I have working in a family business in the metal and electrical industry? Those and many more questions were answered at the “Business Day Engineering”. Students who are interested in working in (textile) engineering got the chance to spend the morning at our headquarter in Moenchengladbach. After providing some general information about the company, our different business units and locations, we told our guests about the options they have after having finished school. To make the information more lively, we asked some of our young students and employees to report from their perspective.

Beside 11 individual apprenticeships in four different areas, we offer a dual study program called “KIA”. This cooperative engineering training consists of a practical apprenticeship at Truetzschler, combined with a university degree of the University of Applied Sciences in Krefeld. Students undergo two phases. Henrik Klaassen and Matteo Manek are currently in the first stage of their dual studies. Within the first three years they spend three days working in the company and two days at the university. Not only does the KIA program efficiently shorten the training duration, it also provides a great deal of practical experience. 

After having finished the first phase you are a real full-time student. Only during semester break, students work at the company to handle some independent projects. From designing new transport trolleys for the electronics department to adjusting the appearance and functioning of a new product – Stefan Dammer and Andreas Muyres carried out a lot of hands-on projects during their dual studies. The two of them are currently in the final stage of their education and are about to write their bachelor’s theses this summer. 

Tour through technical centre and training workshop

In the technical centre our young employees showed the pupils our different machine types and explained how each one processes the fibres. Afterwards they visited the sheet metal production to demonstrate how the individual parts of the machines are being produced. To show where Truetzschler students spend a big amount of time, the training workshop was the next stop. Especially the 3D printer aroused the interest of our guests.

  • Managing efficiency

As a „manager for efficient processes”, Niclas Maasackers is part of several different applications.  From international production processes to quality assurance and factory planning – his fields of application are versatile. Since he successfully completed his dual studies in engineering and industrial engineering, Niclas works in the production area at Truetzschler. During his studies he enjoyed being coached very well by a mentor of the company. Another aspect he valued is that Truetzschler gives engineer students the special chance to implement and realize their own individual ideas, for example as a final dissertation.

From the idea to the finished product

Britta Luestraeten introduced the students to the work of a development engineer in mechanical construction. Therefore, she explained the winding machine TSL 12 – from the idea to the finished product. Her work is very diverse, because creating a machine requires passing different phases like competition analysis, product requirements, concept creation and construction.

Thank you!

We were very happy with the great interest in the event and are looking forward to see some of our guests again in our training workshop. Many thanks to our partners Agentur für Arbeit Mönchengladbach, MGconnect and ZDI Zentrum Mönchengladbach for this successful event and to our colleagues for their valuable insights.





A myriad of exciting knowledge and networking events will be held at ITMA 2019. Some of the events will be organised by ITMA in partnership with leading industry organisations. Events you can look forward to at ITMA 2019 include:

21 June 22 June 23 June 24 June 25 June
ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum Planet Textiles Textile Colourant & Chemical Leaders Forum Digital Textile Conference Better Cotton Initiative Seminar
SAC & ZDHC Manufacturer Forum Texmeeting by TEXFOR

Date: 21 June 2019 | Time: 9.45 am – 5.30 pm  | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Nonwovens Manufacturing Processes for the 21st Century: More Flexible, More Efficient, More Sustainable

ITMA will jointly organise the Nonwovens Forum @ ITMA 2019 with the International Association for the Nonwovens and Related Industries (EDANA). The event will feature discussions on the latest innovations in nonwovens.

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Date: 21 June 2019 | Time: 9.45 am – 5.30 pm  | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Nonwovens Manufacturing Processes for the 21st Century: More Flexible, More Efficient, More Sustainable

ITMA will jointly organise the Nonwovens Forum @ ITMA 2019 with the International Association for the Nonwovens and Related Industries (EDANA). The event will feature discussions on the latest innovations in nonwovens.

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Date: 21 June 2019 | Time: 9.45 am – 5.30 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 4

Theme: Value of Chemical and Environmental Management

The SAC & ZDHC Manufacturer Forum will focus on the value of chemical and environmental management, the Higg Facility Environmental Module (Higg FEM), the ZDHC tools and implementation, and ways of continuous improvements at facility level. The Manufacturer Forum promises to be informative and highly practical. The morning session will provide the most recent overview of SAC and ZDHC, and demonstrate the related approaches and tools. Afternoon discussions will focus on the practicalities of implementation and provide teaser trainings on best practices. The day will close with an evening reception as an enjoyable opportunity for further discussion and for networking amongst industry peers.

For enquiries, email Jennifer Kwong at

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Date: 22 June 2019 | Time: 8.30 am – 6 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Sustainable Innovation & Technology

For a decade, Planet Textiles has been the leading international event on textile sustainability has been a springboard for retail and brand executives to implement practical, real, tangible change within their supply chains. 

A truly global event which has taken place in regions such as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Copenhagen, Bangalore, and Vancouver, the 10th edition will see an unrivalled gathering of industry experts from the entire fashion value chain. Delegates in Barcelona will detail disruptive new textile technology, expert insight from leading industry CEO’s, retail and apparel brands and NGO’s involved in the environmental space.

Supported by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, special sessions at Planet Textiles will feature the ZDHC Foundation and Fashion for Good, along with breakout sessions on what denim and textile production will look like in the second half of the 21st Century.

Planet Textiles is organised by MCL News & Media with support from the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Fashion for Good and media partner Ecotextile News. 

For enquiries and sponsorship opportunities, email Paula Jones at

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Date: 23 June 2019 | Time: 9.45 am – 5.45 pm  | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Meeting Resource Challenges in the Circular Economy

The 3rd Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum @ ITMA 2019 will centre on the circular economy and resource sustainability strategy. It explores how textile chemicals and innovative and cleaner technologies can support the strategy under the influence of Industry 4.0 emerging strategic concept.

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Date: 24 June 2019 | Time: 10.30 am – 5.45 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Right Speed, Right Price

As digital textile printing matures, it is clear that chasing speed for its own sake is not always the best strategy. What matters is spotting the applications where digital textile can be a commercial winner by delivering the right quality, productivity and price. While ITMA 2015 saw the super-fast single-pass machines meet head-on, ITMA 2019 is likely to have a focus on ink innovation, and perhaps for the development of inkjet in other areas of textile finishing. The WTiN Digital Textile Conference at ITMA will also explore the trend for integration of on-demand print with downstream manufacturing processes.

For enquiries, email Daniel Green at

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Date: 25 June 2019 | Time: 10.15 am – 12.30 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Theme: Scaling More Sustainable Cotton through Collaboration

An introduction to the largest cotton sustainability standard in the world, with a multi-stakeholder approach to scaling more sustainable cotton farming practices. The event will feature an introduction to the Better Cotton Standard System, highlights from farming activities, and perspectives from guest speakers demonstrating value from field to store.

Who Should Attend?
Anyone working with cotton, including:

  • Retailers and brands
  • Textile and garment manufacturers
  • Civil society organisations
  • Raw material processing companies

Note: Subject to change without prior notice.

For enquiries, email Daren Abney at

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Date: 25 June 2019 | Time: 10 am – 2 pm | Venue: Gran Via Convention Centre 5

Texmeeting by TEXFOR was launched in 2013 in order to provide a forum for the textile industry to discuss solutions for different aspects related to the sector, as well as to create an appropriate framework to expand the network of professional contacts of the participants. This edition of the Texmeeting will be held alongside ITMA 2019 and with the support of the 080 Barcelona Fashion.



Mahlo showcased new developments

Cold as ICE: The international leading trade fair for coating and converting of paper, film, foil and nonwoven held with wintry temperatures true to its name. In the halls of Messe München, however, nobody felt the cold. Responsible for that were the industry’s latest technologies and developments – just like those of Mahlo GmbH + Co. KG.


At booth A5/1510 the nearly 7.200 visitor from 75 countries could witness firsthand the versatile measure and control technology of the Bavarian machine builder. The Qualiscan QMS-12 identifies important process parameters such as basis weight, moisture or coating add-on on the running web and helps to optimize the production process. Due to the various scanners and sensors available, the web gauging system can be integrated in almost every production line. For especially demanding applications Mahlo brought two re-engineered sensors to ICE, as Area Sales Manager Matthias Wulbeck explains: “For a highly precise measurement of transparent coats, our white light interference sensor Optoscope WLI is the right choice. With it, coating add-on as well as thickness can be determined.” The sensor is used inter alia with film extrusion and multilayer films.


According to Wulbeck, Mahlo is especially proud of its latest addition to its portfolio, the infrared sensor Infralot IMF. The in-house development is available in a reflective and transmitting version. Both designs – despite working with classic filter measurement principle – manage without rotating filter wheel and therefore guarantee a true same-spot measurement of reference and measurement filter. “That leads to a very high accuracy, especially with inhomogeneous products”, says Wulbeck. The web gauging expert instances measurement of moisture as well as the single components measurement on paper and nonwoven.

With the new sensors, Mahlo assures its position as one of the leading manufacturers of web gauging technology. “As a global player we have made a strong development in different industrial branches”, Wulbeck concludes. “With the constantly rising demands of a globalized production, quality control will be even more important in the future.”


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