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Interview Quinten Bramervaer – Mechanical Design Engineer at Ampelmann

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In this series, we interviewed Quinten Bramervaer, a Mechanical Design Engineer at Ampelmann. He provides insights into his daily tasks, the distinctive corporate culture at Ampelmann, and his enthusiasm for his role as a Mechanical Design Engineer.

What is your full name, your role at Ampelmann, and how long have you been working here?

My full name is Quinten Bramervaer. I’ve been working at Ampelmann since February 2022 as a Mechanical Design Engineer.

What did you do before starting at Ampelmann?

My journey to where I am now began in 2015 when I decided to study mechanical engineering at Hogeschool Utrecht. During my studies, I completed an internship at a company called Holland Composites and my graduation internship at Huisman Equipment B.V. I noticed that I enjoyed problem-solving and seeing designs come to life from concept to final product. So, after completing my studies I began searching for work and eventually landed a job at Xquip, where I continued to work with composites and developed a keen interest in the field. I decided to look for work and ended up at a company called Xquip. At this company I worked with composites again, which really spiked my interest. However, after a year, I felt the need for a new challenge and was thrilled when Ampelmann offered me a position. I have been happily working there ever since.

How are you experiencing your role so far?

I really enjoy my job. I usually start my day cycling to work, and once I’ve started up my laptop, I have a ‘bakkie’ with one or a few of my colleagues. As a design engineer, I work quite often in SolidWorks, which means I set up models and ensure that potential clashes are checked. In case we work with an external engineering firm, I review their work and ensure that everything is up to standard. 

Sometimes, the day ends with a game of ping pong with some of my colleagues to relax and end the day on a fun note.

What is your experience in working for Ampelmann?

One of the best things about Ampelmann is its culture, which provides both a focused work environment and room to joke around and have a good time.

However, its greatest assets is the company’s support for personal development. The company believes in making outstanding systems while also making sure that its ‘Amployees’ become better and unleash their full potential so that they can perform at their best.

What had you wanted to know before you started working in your role? 

During my studies, we focused on creating personal development goals, and I always felt like it was something you just had to do to get a grade and never think about it again. However, I have learned during my time working that setting up these goals seriously and reflecting on them is one of the most important aspects. This helps to understand where you might have made mistakes, how you can learn from them, and improve. 

In my line of work, I believe it is important to be a problem solver and think on your feet. Being able to come up with nice effective solutions that can be implemented in production and then seeing a product come to life is incredibly satisfactory.

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