”Bosch is one of those international giants who has so much technology know-how and competence, software and hardware at your disposal. You just have to know who to talk to or where to look.”
Jakob Wodlin, Project & Application Engineer for Industrial Hydraulics
Jakob started at Bosch in 2016, when he was studying for his Master of Science’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics at Linköping University.
When he came to know about the opening, he was mainly motivated by the technical aspects of the job: the mix between hydraulics and electronics: “the future of hydraulics” he says. He was also attracted by the company itself, even though at that time Jakob knew Bosch mainly for the home appliances.
As a Project & Application Engineer for Industrial Hydraulics, he states that his days are sometimes stressful and unpredictable, “which is not necessarily a bad thing though, and defintely full of joy thanks to my colleagues!”.
The technical support department consists of 7 people in total and his daily tasks consist in coupling, combining and configuring their products within the Industrial Hydraulics product group to meet the needs and demands of their customers. This can include a wide range of tasks like engineering, technical investigations, market activities, communication with the central product management and much more.
When he thinks about his job, what he likes the most is “The problem-solving and wide range of people that I come in contact with every day.” Moreover, he feels lucky to be in contact with international colleagues on a daily basis and work with them on a number of very different topics.
The biggest challenge for him is extracting the right information from the customers about their actual needs and applications. “To this day, I think this is one of my and this company’s greatest challenges. I believe it also has direct implications for our quality and overall success in our business.”
During his time at Bosch, Jakob managed to improve his cooperative, communicative and management skill, in order to “break down complicated technical issues, to be able to have a discussion about them and in the end a handshake about how to move forward.”
Moreover, he´s specializing in a lot of different fields like project and application engineering, technical support, project and product management, leadership and sales.
When he hinks about the future, Jakob would like ”to be a meaningful part of the biggest, most impressive and demanding technical projects. Working operatively or, maybe, leading others to perform at their very best.”
In his free time, he enjoyes sports and outdoor activities – like a 10km run to switch off from work. Bu the also likes taking part in Stockholm’s wide range of events, restaurants and bars.
If he should give an advice to somebody who wants to apply for Bosch, it would be ” Don’t be intimidated by our size! At the end of the day, it is people like you and me, working in a medium-sized company fashion, who are supposed to bring our products to the market and satisfy our customers.”