WorldSkills will be taking place in August 2019 in Kazan, Russia. Every two years, apprentices, students and young professionals compete in the WorldSkills Championships to measure their abilities against competitors from all over the world. The German national team is competing for medals in 41 disciplines against around 70 countries; a total of 1,300 competitors. More than 50 professions are represented, including bakers, landscapers, florists or - specifically - specialists in sewage technology.
This is where the Bottrop-based specialist in pump technology becomes even more relevant. Lukas Kohl, the sewage technology specialist, has been training there for the World Championships. This summer, the 22-year-old will be representing Germany in the "Water Technology" discipline. In May 2018 he qualified for this at the "Water Skills Germany" qualifying round at IFAT, the world's leading trade fair for environmental technologies in Munich, and won through a selection process. Kohl trained in Bottrop from February 25 - 27.
Lukas Kohl dedicates approximately two weeks a month to his WorldSkills training. His employer – the city of Nuremberg – is giving him time off for this period. A lot of faith has been placed in the 22-year-old, who initially completed his apprenticeship as a specialist in sewage technology and has been working in the profession for two years. Kohl would like to pay back the trust that has been placed in him - if possible - with the World Champion title and accordingly meticulously practices the skills that will be awaiting him there. With VR glasses, for example, he completes an inspection tour of a virtual sewage treatment plant, and carries out laboratory work or repairs on a faulty pump. "It's all about working precisely and accurately – within a given time."
During his three days at SEEPEX, Kohl repeatedly took apart and reassembled different types of pumps. Among other things, pump technician Hartmut Budde watched him at work and confirmed that he had done a good job.
He is very pleased that Lukas is now being allowed to go to Kazan for WorldSkills. "I enjoy tackling new challenges and pushing the boundaries," said Lukas, who approaches his tasks relatively calmly. His only major worry was English, but he was currently hard at work learning the technical vocabulary.
During the competition in Russia hundreds of people will be looking over his shoulder. In addition to his family, his mentor Hilmar Tetsch will also be present to encourage him to perform his best during the eight days of the competition.
The "Water Technology" discipline is being held at the World Championships for the first time in 2019. "I want to ensure that my name appears on the winners’ list right from the start," explains Kohl. SEEPEX wishes him all the best and every success with his challenges!