“I learn from the best”
“I started in Weibel as a thesis student two and a half years ago, working on a project to further develop and optimize Weibel’s transponders. Today, I am on the permanent staff as a Development Engineer on our transponder project, which we will finish in six months. I have really enjoyed being able to focus on improving only one thing.
The coolest part about my project is that, although it was clearly defined from the start, I have had a lot of say in terms of choosing the different solutions. And considering I was fresh out of university when I started the project, that is a rather unique opportunity.
After I finish my project, I will start working with embedded software. I have also been given permission to sign up to a course in low-noise print design, which is an area where I would like to improve my skills. Overall, my learning curve has been surprisingly steep. I learn a lot from my more experienced colleagues, who are very smart and are more than willing to help you grow. That is a privilege for a newly-qualified engineer.”
“It’s awesome to handle the machines”
“I handle our 5-axis and horizontal machines in the production. They produce our small antennas and the components that go inside them, and the small pedestals for our lightweight systems. I receive the completed designs from the engineers as 3D-files, which I use to program the machines’ work on the computer. There are almost no limits to what the machines can do.
For a while I also had a lot of administrative tasks. I scheduled my colleagues’ operation of the machines and was responsible for coordinating shipping when our products for example needed surface coating. That gave me some experience that I can definitely use going forward.
In a few years, I might want to do more administration again or perhaps programming. I’ll find out soon enough. So far, Weibel has allowed me to try out different areas that I’m interested in or would like to try out. But right now, the perfect job for a tech-nerd like me is to handle the machines.
My biggest challenge in Weibel was last year, when we were to deliver a lightweight pedestal. We had to remove as much weight from the units as possible without compromising stability. And it was amazing when we succeeded! Now we are going to produce even more of these lightweight systems, as the customers are crazy about the fact that the systems don’t have to weigh a ton.”
“Here, everyone speaks my technical jargon”
“I work with real-time data processing. I transform raw data from the radar system into information such as distance, speed, and size that the system user can work with. I have a PhD in medical ultrasound, but the math, tools and the way of thinking are the same, in Weibel I just work with microwaves instead of sound.
When I started in Weibel three years ago, I was hired to do hardcore signal processing, but today I also spend a lot of my time guiding and sparring with my colleagues. I have also been appointed project manager, which means that I am responsible for delegating and preparing all tasks within my team and making sure that we all pull in the same direction.
Over time, I would like to get more involved in staff management. I want to help make sure that we evolve, that people want to work here for years, and that our working methods are as advanced as our hardware.
Compared to other places I have worked, Weibel is an extremely agile and dynamic workplace. If you have a good idea for how to do things smarter, you can speak directly with top management, and resources will be allocated. The good idea and technical arguments are more important than anything else. As an engineer, I don’t have to present a business case to get something approved. I can speak my technical jargon – and be understood. I’ve never experienced that before.”
“I’m the customer ambassador to Weibel”
“I started in Weibel as a development engineer in 1986. Back then, those of us who developed the radars also had to sell them! So, I was often on the go to demonstrate our solutions to generals and top executives in the US, Germany, well, all over the world. That way, I naturally slipped into my current job.
I often say that I am the customers’ ambassador to Weibel. When the engineers have carried out a review on a new radar system, I give them feedback from the customer’s point of view. I am also responsible for the tests we run in cooperation with the customers when we deliver the radars. We have many maintenance operations all over the world, and I keep track of who has which system, when they are to be inspected, and who from our team should go do it.
What I like the most about my job is when we deliver the big radar systems. They are complex, and every little detail has to come together in the end. I enter the process when all the elements are assembled and tested, and we begin to see the radar as a complete system and not just a pile of individual parts. That’s usually also when we discover if something doesn’t work, and then we have to figure things out in a hurry. Everything has to come together, and that is super complex – and really fun.”
“Weibel is my second home”
“When the engineers have finished a design, it is my job to finish the prototype to prepare the design for testing. I do that by soldering the components so that the prototype matches the design. I also make sure nothing is missing from the design. My work is so varied that I consider myself an all-in-one specialist.
I work in the microwave department, but occasionally I help the production. Right now, I work with one of the engineers on developing and finishing a transponder for one of our future products. Here, it is my job to make sure that the right elements are prepared to perfection.
I have worked in Weibel for three years now, and it feels like my second home. I love to work with all the microscopic elements. The craziest thing I’ve experienced in Weibel was when we delivered the first radar systems to Indonesia. It was so exciting and fun to be a part of, and I couldn’t talk about anything else for months. I even dreamed of it at night – and it wasn’t nightmares.”
“When we say we are the best in the world, it’s true”
“I have the technical responsibility and coordinate everything related to the electronics that go inside the radar. I make sure that all the elements my colleagues develop fit together and that we develop the right solutions. When our customers order a radar, I am also responsible for translating their requests into ‘Weibel language’ so that my colleagues know what the system should be able to do and what it means for the modules inside it.
Right now, I am part of a big project that we are to deliver to the US defense. It is an extremely important contract for Weibel, and it is the highest performing product that we have ever delivered. Of course, it’s a technical challenge, but it’s always amazing when we can prove to the customers that when we say we are the best in the world, it’s true.
One of the things I appreciate most about Weibel is that we have a lot of cooperation across professional fields. We have developers and production under the same roof, so it is easy to move from thought to action, and you become an expert in almost every part of the process. You are exposed to a lot of different things, which really helps you grow professionally.”
“Weibel is a top company in my field”
“I perform roles all throughout the sales flow, from lead generation all the way to sales support after we have delivered the system. My job is very dynamic and varied, but one common factor is that I constantly work with very skilled professionals in the high-tech industry, both my colleagues in Weibel and our clients and partners across the globe.
When I started in Weibel three years ago, I was primarily in sales support, but today my role is much more comprehensive and more about sales management, business development and market improvement. For example, it has been particularly interesting to me to take part in developing Weibel’s market in Latin America. Both professionally, because it involves areas where I have an interest, such as business development and account management, but also personally because I’m from Spain.
In Weibel, I have had the chance to delve into the areas that have interested me the most. Weibel is a very flexible workplace, and though there are no guarantees, there is freedom to express your desires for how you want to evolve professionally. Weibel is a top company in my field. It’s not the only reason why I live in Denmark, but it has definitely been a contributing factor.”
“I get paid to play”
“I repair our radar systems and educate our customers on how to use them. We have customers all over the world, so I travel a lot to repair the systems. I have just been to Indonesia and Australia, for example. Although we might have an idea about what the issue is before we leave home, it can turn out to be something completely different when we arrive. That’s when we need to be sharp and help the customer solve the problem.
When I’m back in Denmark, my job is to prepare the systems so that all elements work together and can communicate with the computer. I also take part in testing the radars in our test area before they are delivered to the customers. We fly a lot of drones around, and I’ve also heard about some of my colleagues testing radars with frisbees and boomerangs. We usually say that if it moves, we can measure it.
I feel like I get paid to play. My colleagues know that I never say no to a challenge, and if I don’t know what I’m doing, our engineers are happy to share their knowledge. For me, it’s a boring day if I know what I’ll be doing all day from the moment I wake up, so I’m happy to work in a place where you get the responsibility you ask for. A lot of people stay in Weibel until they have to be carried out. I really hope it will be the same for me.”
“I’m never bored”
“I’m responsible for everything related to our import and export. Many of our products to e.g. defense are classified under export control, and I am responsible for obtaining the necessary certificates and applying for export permits at the Ministry of Justice or the Danish Business Authority. I also work with customer support in relation to guarantees, letters of credit and deliveries.
In the 10 years I’ve worked at Weibel, my job has evolved because the rest of the world has too. For example, export control was not a big area when I started. But that is what makes it so amazing to work here, things never stand still. If someone has a good idea on how to do things smarter, the decision-making process is extremely short. I might try to plan my day in the morning, but I always end up doing a lot of different things. I’m never bored.
I always think it’s exciting to follow the big projects, from we win the contract until we ship the system out the door. It is often a hurried process, and everything just has to work out when you are shipping a radar and an engineer across the world for a space launch. But when things do move quickly, everyone pulls together. I’ve not seen that happen in the same way elsewhere.”