PhD and engineering job all at once

Online defence with reviewer Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Hartmut Eckstädt, online from Rostock

From traineeship to master thesis

From traineeship to master thesis
Junior engineer Ms. Ontja Fischer started as a trainee.

After her university entrance exam, Ms. Ontja Fischer first spent some months abroad. Then, in 2011, she started studying civil engineering at the Jade University of Applied Sciences in Oldenburg (Germany). After some semesters, she decided to specialise in water and environment and more specifically in flood protection, which had always interested her. As a future junior engineer, Ms. Fischer gained her first practical insight during a traineeship at the local dyke association. There, in August 2013, she learned about Inros Lackner and applied for a traineeship to complete her Bachelor's degree. During this period, she participated in quite a number of projects of the Bremen flood protection programme and the construction of the Dörverden lock. The topic of her bachelor thesis was about a ferry terminal on the North Sea island of Spiekeroog. The defined task was to develop a barrier-free access to the passenger ships. Mr. Hauke Krebs, graduate engineer and Deputy Branch Manager of Inros Lackner's Bremen branch office, not only supervised the bachelor thesis as a second examiner, but also the master thesis.

"Prior to my master study programme, I have been working at Inros Lackner's Bremen office as a student assistant both during the semester break and parallel to my studies in Oldenburg. During this time I was able to gain additional insights into project management", says the dedicated junior engineer Ms. Fischer. Consequently, the topic of her master thesis was on one of Inros Lackner's current project, focussing on the construction sequence planning of the Cochin repair yard in India. After a successful defence of her master thesis, it was only a short farewell: today, Ms. Fischer is part of the Bremen office team.