The Man with a Sense of Purpose

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Uwe Müller, just twenty, arrived at his employment interview with clearly defined ideas: first, an apprenticeship as a paper maker with Progroup in Burg, then university. That was back in 2004. Today, 34-year-old Uwe is no longer called Müller, his name is Weiss, in fact he is Dr. Weiss – and he is still working for Progroup. Uwe Weiss adds, “It was quite clear to me that I wanted to go to university, but before that I wanted to learn a trade. I didn’t just want to talk about a screw, I wanted to have actually used one. Progroup really liked that.” He completed his apprenticeship in three years – and was judged to be “Best Paper-Making Apprentice in Germany in 2007”. He began his studies in Dresden in the same year, completing the graduate engineer (Diplom-Ingenieur) programme in process engineering in 2012. “Straight after that I was able to start work as a production engineer for energy on paper machine PM2 in Eisenhüttenstadt.”

Uwe Weiss adds, “It was quite clear to me that I wanted to go to university, but before that I wanted to learn a trade. I didn’t just want to talk about a screw, I wanted to have actually used one. Progroup really liked that.” He completed his apprenticeship in three years – and was judged to be “Best Paper-Making Apprentice in Germany in 2007”. He began his studies in Dresden in the same year, completing the graduate engineer (Diplom-Ingenieur) programme in process engineering in 2012. “Straight after that I was able to start work as a production engineer for energy on paper machine PM2 in Eisenhüttenstadt.”

„I didn’t just want to talk about a screw, I wanted to have actually used one. Progroup really liked that.“

There he developed a method for reducing the energy consumption of the machine significantly. Because of this successful implementation his superiors suggested he think about going on to complete a doctorate. “Progroup made this possible by setting up an arrangement so that I could do it while continuing working. It was tough going, though. Three days working in the plant, two days working on my thesis – at the end of the week you really know that you’ve done something.” Toughing it out paid off. In the summer of 2018 there were two reasons for celebration. “I successfully defended my thesis, one week before my wedding.”