Mathias Fritsch has been employed at T.A. Lauta since 2013. After his training he has started a job as a master himself.
Mathias Fritsch (30) has been with T. A. Lauta since 2013 and is also a member of the Works Council.
How did you come to join STEAG/ T. A. Lauta and where did you start?
I started my training as a mechatronics technician in 2009 at the former Vattenfall power plant in Jänschwalde, and was able to shorten the course by six months due to good performance in school and at the training center.
Then I worked as a machine operator at Vattenfall’s Schwarze Pumpe power plant (now LEAG). After a year and a half, I came across a job advertisement from T. A. Lauta in the Vattenfall intranet.
Vattenfall GmbH was then a shareholder in T. A. Lauta, and STEAG GmbH was also always a co-shareholder.
After my application to T. A. Lauta I had the opportunity of a permanent job as a machine and plant operator and crane driver.
You support further training measures at your location. What opportunities are there in the commercial and technical professions?
On the basis of employee interviews and the personnel development strategy at T. A. Lauta, I was offered the opportunity of further training to become a foreman in the field of metalworking. I accepted this offer, because I had been offered a position as a master maintenance technician on qualifying as a master craftsman.
The opportunities for further training here are very great, since the qualification of our own employees comes first and is the means of choice for professional advancement rather than external recruitment.
Other further training measures available here include, for example, the qualifications as a master craftsman for recycling and waste management, and urban sanitation.
What is a typical working day like for you?
The working day starts with me either at the central control room or at the crane control center of T. A. Lauta, depending on the relevant deployment planning.
The shift handover takes place at the central control room, where I take over at least one area of the plant from my colleagues in the previous shift, depending on the planning. The working areas of T. A. Lauta are roughly divided into the following areas: boiler house, turbine house and flue gas treatment.
I was also trained as a control room operator, and can stand in when needed.
The focus is on the following work with the above-mentioned plant components (boiler/turbine house, flue gas treatment system):
- Inspection of the plant for proper condition
- Various cleaning and repair work
- Plant-specific work in coordination with the control room operator
The duties of a control room operator comprise the complete process monitoring of the entire plant and intervention in the process in the event of deviations (e.g. adjustment of burner control in the two combustion lines) as well as the detection and elimination of malfunctions.
As a crane operator I have the task of clearing the incoming waste from the tipping points and storing it, with constant mixing in accordance with the bunker regime. Care must be taken to ensure that the waste complies with our acceptance conditions. If contaminants are detected during visual inspection, suitable action has to be taken. The continuous mixing is important in providing nearly homogeneous waste for the incineration lines.
Workers’ participation is an important issue. What were your motives for running and being elected as a member of the Works Council?
I was appointed to the Works Council in order to serve the interests of the workforce and to have a say within the legal framework, and to play an active part in shaping working conditions. I also enjoy working in the Works Council team very much.
What does the STEAG family mean to you, and can you sense it at the Lauta site?
The STEAG family offers very good social security and benefits above and beyond the norm. The work-life balance is close to STEAG’s heart and there are many measures in this area that are being promoted. Some of these measures are familiar to us at T. A. Lauta and we also benefit from them. It would be good if T. A. Lauta were taken over completely into STEAG with all the applicable arrangements and collective bargaining agreements. Then T.A. Lauta would completely belong to the STEAG family. The employees at T. A. Lauta are also part of the Group and that is why the STEAG identity should be consistently applied.