Racing is a state of mind.
The question Paul Keller has been most absorbed with in the last few days is that of his life motto. It’s understandable: he is at the start of his career, just 20 years old, and his view of professional and private life has not yet fully developed. In the end, his answer is very simple and suits both fields: “Racing is a state of mind,” the enthusiastic karter affirms. “It fits in every sense and reflects my passion for cars and racing as well as my engagement in my apprenticeship.“
The professional goal of this apprentice at Bertrandt in Leonberg is to become a technical product designer. What you need above all for this is good spatial thinking paired with technical understanding. He is perfecting both at the moment – together with 26 others in his class – in the course of an 18-month basic training course. After this, he will go to the technical centre in Ehningen to get to know various specialist fields such as power train, chassis and bodywork better. “In this you can find out what direction you want to go in the future. It is also good that you are able to give your own personal preferences, which will be fulfilled as far as possible.”
Already today, during general training, he often works closely together with his colleagues on the practical side. This ensures that he is given diverse practice projects from various fields as the perfect preparation for the time after his apprenticeship. This runs from creating project plans, through developing components through sketches and CAD work to functionality testing. “It is all very much comparable to the daily challenges faced after the apprenticeship and is the best possible preparation,” Paul Keller confirms.
It is also great fun. “On the one hand, because the atmosphere among us apprentices and with other colleagues in the company is extremely positive. And on the other hand, because we are very close to the practical side here and are at the very future of mobility.” Practical relevance is enormously important for him, having noticed over a year of studying vehicle and motor technology that theory – “... and above all maths” – can quickly get boring. After all, that is why he has come to Bertrandt, a place where the unusually convivial atmosphere already impressed him during the applications process. And naturally also because of the practically unlimited possibilities to work with and achieve results for the big brands in the automotive field. This is why Paul Keller is sure that he is in pole position for his future at Bertrandt.