Not many engineers have the privilege to really build what they have designed
Contract Manager at PEC Central Europe
During the last year of my PhD studies I started looking for a job. I met PEC at a job fair in Budapest and after passing all the tests and interviews, the owners of the company offered me a job opportunity. I preferred to finish my PhD studies first, but I was a little bit worried about telling this and thus missing out on a great job opportunity. However, I found full understanding when I explained it and we agreed to meet one year later to sign the contract.
A year later I started as an Automation Engineer. From year to year I was involved more deeply into the activities of the company. Currently, I’m a Contract Manager.
I could reach this position gradually, gaining the knowledge and experience by means of participation in different projects.
During my studies I was afraid that the work of an Automation Engineer might be repetitive and could get boring. But it is not! Over these 15 years I never had such a feeling. With every new project the tasks are different and full of challenges, plus I do a lot of travelling for the job which gives an added value to your professional life. I visited many countries from the Far East to the US. Being involved in such international projects really contributed to the growth of my career.
Sr. Electromechanical Engineer at PEC Belgium
I love the diversity of my job. Working on different projects always induces some new and challenging tasks. I had the chance to get involved with mechanical design, PLC and robot programming and 3D prototype printing. Being a programmer is a job with high responsibility, since we are responsible for the functional operation of a specific machine. During on-site installation we can see the machines work as a part of the production line. This really helps to identify room for further development and at the end it helps becoming a better engineer.
I found a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere in the office from the first day. In such a strongly international company as PEC, everybody is used to meeting foreigners, so integration could not be easier. I could work with and learn from my colleagues, who also became friends. Many of them have the same age and interests as me, which also results in out-of-work activities.
I received a lot of help to make me feel at home, especially during the first few weeks. I got acquainted with the know-how of living in Leuven, social insurance, etc. which is very important when you live in a foreign country. I consider myself lucky being part of a team of highly skilled, motivated, friendly people. As the company always presents career opportunities, I could not imagine a better workplace for a start or even later phases of my professional life.
Vice President Contracting at PEC Belgium
I started working as a Software Engineer and I was really attracted by the fact that this company had a broad spectrum of different types of engineers. They had a software department but also an electronics and an automation department.
For most of the projects these departments were closely working together to come with a completely integrated solution for the customer.
I really appreciate the growth possibilities PEC offered me. After 2 years working as a software engineer, I got promoted to project manager. This made me responsible for smaller projects or parts of bigger projects. After another 2 years I became Senior Project Manager, which made me responsible for the software development of our formation line system. Eventually in 2012 I got promoted to Contract Manager where I now report directly to the two owners of the company and where I form the main link between the company and our major clients.
Thanks to the projects I worked on in these positions, I traveled to different countries (China, US, Russia, Japan) and did I receive the chance to broaden my network by working together with several big companies.