Congratulations are in order for Austrian injection molding machine manufacturer Engel: design engineering apprentice Sara Brandstetter at Engel Austria not only secured first place in this year’s competition for apprentices organized by the Economic Chamber for Upper Austria, she also won a special award for the best female trainee in a skilled technical trade. Raphael Pechhacker took second place in the machining technicians category.
The Engel apprentices triumphed in a field of 805 participants from 123 businesses throughout Upper Austria. In fact, a total of 37 young men and women from Engel were entered in the competition, a third of whom were rated ‘excellent’ by the critical panel of experts—a result that delighted Josef Wahlmüller, training manager at Engel Austria. Although Engel trainees consistently perform very well in competitions organized by the Economic Chamber, every new contest means fresh excitement and every new award is special.