Students Visit ZF at the IAA
ZF IAA Student Days touch the nerve of engineers-to-be. One of those who visited ZF in Frankfurt is Christoph Döhl from the Technical University of Nuremberg. To find out what the 23-year old student was most impressed by during his visit in Hall 8, simply continue to read.
The automotive industry attracts students from all technical disciplines like a magnet. It has long become known that not only major car manufacturers offer interesting tasks and career prospects but particularly international suppliers and system providers. The huge interest in the ZF Student Days at the IAA (September 17 to 27, 2015) shows that students from the disciplines of Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and IT know that ZF scores with promising job and development prospects. At the moment, this applies mostly to electrical engineers and IT specialists. Against the background of the automotive world's digitalization and its own product portfolio, ZF is increasingly looking for computer scientists, software developers, and electrical engineers, in addition to mechanical engineers.
Like in the years before, ZF invited more than 500 high-school and university students of technical disciplines to the leading trade show of the automotive industry and shuttled them to Frankfurt by bus. Christoph Döhl, who is in his 6th semester of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Nuremberg, used the opportunity on Tuesday to take a closer look at the ZF product portfolio in Hall 8 and learn about the latest trends of e-mobility, his hobbyhorse, at the IAA. "I want to find out where the automotive industry is going and which role ZF will play," the 23-year old said before the guided tour around the booth.
At different presentation points and using various exhibits, ZF employees explained how far the ZF product portfolio has been ranging since the acquisition of TRW in May 2015. Christoph Döhl was impressed by the variety of products even though he had already gathered information about ZF at a Student Day at the Auerbach location. Efficiency, safety, and automated driving with the respective ZF products were at the focus of the guided tour. The students took a seat in the demonstration car to personally feel the retractor systems, listened to explanations about the ZF electric drives and a resource-friendly lightweight axle, and observed closely which technology enables automated driving on freeways. "It is very exciting to see how the latest technology works and which different modes exist," Döhl said about the presentation point on automated driving.
The small white city car on the ZF platform was a special eye-catcher: The Advanced Urban Vehicle with a unique steering angle of up to 75 degrees at the innovative front axle which Christoph Döhl tested with great interest.
After visiting the ZF booth, the 50 students from Nuremberg and Amberg still had some time left for more first-hand impressions from the IAA. Another visit was mandatory for Christoph Döhl: "We will most certainly visit Tesla as well."
Off we go: ZF employee Jennifer Maier (HR Marketing) welcomes the students from Amberg and Nuremberg at the ZF booth at the International Motor Show 2015 in Frankfurt.
…in which the hosts Jasmin and Jonathan present ZF and the Advanced Urban Vehicle (in the background) that is able to park autonomously in even the smallest gaps and to turn inside of a soccer goal. ZF technology with an extreme steering angle and electrical axle motors make it possible.
His fellow students are observing through a peephole which technology allows to have a steering angle of up to 75 degrees.
Next station: ZF components which offer their reliable service in standard cars but stay invisible are made visible in a glass car.
With the help of a volunteer, a ZF employee demonstrates how the electrical retractor by ZF provides better safety in the car.
Christoph Döhl follows the model presentation about automated driving on freeways with great interest.
"Exciting" - this is how Christoph Döhl describes the wide product range that ZF presents at the IAA booth. He listens to the explanations about ZF safety features and airbag developments in particular via headphones.
High-torque ZF electric motors – shown here: an axle motor with integrated power electronics – are presented during the guided tour.
Photos: ZF/picture alliance/Jan Haas