We both had the first assignment in Alfdorf, not far from Stuttgart (btw a nice city to visit for the automotive freaks!), which is the Global Headquarters of the Business Unit OSS (Occupant Safety Systems).
The focus of TRW was in fact to develop safety systems for passenger vehicles (like Airbags, Seatbelt pretensioners etc). These are already key components, which will become even more important in the future with the advent of autonomous driving!
I worked in the Core Engineering department, supporting the R&D activities in the development of a new Snake-pretensioner (for more info click here) .
Being introduced as “Trainee from ZF” was sometimes fun, as people regarded us as very important representative from the mother company, but on the other hand there was a lot of curiosity from everyone with regards to the trainee program. We got awesome support by the local HR representative, who also arranged us meetings with the head of the Business Unit.
All in all a great experience, and who knows, see you soon TRW!