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Confident in building services engineering: Technical systems planner

After completing his dual training programme to become a technical systems planner, Amer Alhasan (29) was taken on by the company. He works for the engineering firm Dess + Falk in Nuremberg.

A young man sits at his workplace.

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How do all the rooms in a house get hot water at the same time without a fault occurring? What technical measures can be used to control the ventilation in a windowless building? Amer Alhasan deals with questions like these. “My remit is building services engineering in the areas of electrics, heating, sanitation, ventilation and refrigeration,” explains the technical systems planner. “It is mostly a matter of new buildings such as industrial buildings or hospitals.” On his PC, he uses CAD software to plan, calculate and design the various systems. “We also have contact with the relevant architects, structural engineers and manufacturers.”

Amer Alhasan learnt how all this works during his training at the engineering firm Dess + Falk, which he completed two years ago. Because of his good performance, he was able to reduce this to two and a half years. “I told my boss that I was already ready to take the exam because of my good marks and I would definitely pass. He agreed and then immediately gave me a permanent job,” he says.

The search for the right training programme

A portrait foto of Amer A. A portrait foto of Amer A.

Amer Alhasan

The 29-year-old had good reasons for choosing the occupation of a technical systems planner. “I come from Damascus and had completed a university course in water and sanitation engineering there. Then I fled from the civil war and worked first in Lebanon and then in Turkey on construction sites and as a tailor.”

Having arrived in Germany, Amer Alhasan received refugee status after six months. He took part in an integration course and worked in the alterations department of a large fashion house at the same time. There, he was able to continue to improve his German skills. He finds that “it is important to practise speaking as much as possible.”

Technical drawing was important to him in his search for a training programme. To find the right one, he had a lot of discussions with consultants from the Employment Agency and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK). “Then my contact at the Nuremberg Training Centre suggested this training occupation to me. I liked it straight away because it is so close to what I studied.”

A journey through all the departments

He found his training company via the Federal Employment Agency’s job exchange. Two days after he had sent off his application, Amer Alhasan was invited to an interview and was able to win over the interviewers. His previous specialist knowledge was an advantage.

During the training programme, Amer Alhasan got to know all the departments at the engineering firm. “In the sanitation department, I felt at home straight away. I already had a good understanding of subjects such as irrigation and drainage. However, the heating planning department was completely unfamiliar to me. After all, I come from a hot country where people don’t need heating systems,” he says and laughs.

The regular teaching at the vocational college, around one week a month, supported the learning process. “We had modules about the different supply systems and subjects such as project planning. An important topic was renewable energy, i.e. the environmentally friendly supply of buildings,” he explains.

Today, Amer Alhasan is an integral member of the team at the engineering firm that has around 50 employees. His tasks also include supervising trainees and school pupils on work experience. “Because I enjoyed it, our human resources department suggested that I train to become a trainer. I have got the certificate and I am currently supervising four trainees.” He would also like to gain further qualifications for himself. “I would like to learn even more about management principles and I can imagine training to become a technical business manager.”