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Double Victory: Terex Apprentices Win the 2012 German Welding Championship
ZWEIBRÜCKEN, October, 11th, 2012 – Things could not have gone better for Terex apprentices Thomas Maske and Hans-Peter Lutz at the 2012 German Welding Championship. Maske won first place with 1,568 out of 1,600 possible points, followed closely by his fellow team member Lutz with 1,560 points. The event took place from September 16-18, 2012 in Saarbrücken and was organized by the Deutscher Verband für Schweißen und verwandte Verfahren e.V. (DVS – German Association of Welding and Related Processes).
With their outstanding achievement, our two apprentices, who are part of the young talent at Terex, have qualified to compete in international tournaments: Maske will represent Terex at Worldskills 2013 in Leipzig as the German champion. Maske, in 2011, also won first place in TIG welding at the national “Jugend schweißt” competition held by DVS in Hamburg. Lutz will be at the Weldcup 2013 in Essen as the German runner-up.
The two future steel construction mechanics, who are currently going through their fourth year as apprentices at Terex Cranes in Zweibrücken, had to complete a challenging task during the competition: They had to weld a structural steel pressure vessel with a maximum allowable operating pressure of 60 bars in less than eight hours. On the second day, competitors had to weld two additional samples of their work, one using aluminum and the other using a nickel-chromium alloy. They also had to demonstrate that they mastered four required welding methods: metal active gas welding (MAG), stick welding, self-shielded flux-cored arc welding, and tungsten inert gas welding (TIG). At the end, a jury made up of six experts checked the welds on the inside and outside while taking into account whether the pressure vessel was tight.
“The fact that our apprentices have once again displayed an outstanding level of performance at this type of competition shows that we train our young talent to be the best, and this is reflected in our cranes,” says Francois Truffier, General Manager Zweibrücken Location. “Welding is an essential part of the production. High quality here means reliability and safety for the cranes. We are very happy to see that our investment in such talent will contribute to deliver results to our customers.”
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Welding champions 1: f.l.t.r.: Thomas Maske; Jürgen Hoffmann, instructor Terex Cranes Zweibrücken; Hans-Peter Lutz
Welding Champions 2: Thomas Maske (left) and Peter Lutz with their work samples
Welding champions 3: f.l.t.r.: Francois Truffier, General Manager, Terex Cranes Zweibrücken; Thomas Maske; Hans-Peter Lutz; Kevin Bradley, President, Terex Cranes
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