Hubert, Luuk en Erik
"You can really contribute to the organisation."
Erik, Hubert and Luuk have been working at DAF's Embedded Engineering Department for a couple of months now. All three graduated from Fontys Hogeschool ICT. Erik arrived to strengthen the team part-time, allowing him to continue his studies. His fellow students had almost graduated and were looking for a job. This was a win-win situation, because Hubert and Luuk could start working in entry level positions straight away and Erik could make use of the referral scheme. But what do the three men think now that they have worked for DAF for a few months?
"DAF is a major international company and has been in business for quite a few years. But the software departments are relatively young and you notice that", Erik says. "Your opinion is valued here and you can expand your knowledge." Hubert works in the same team as Erik, they are both responsible for the software used in the PACCAR engines. Hubert agrees that people's personal contributions are appreciated: "You quickly find out that certain processes can be improved. You draw up a proposal, discuss the matter and ensure that the process is modified. If you see that something has to be done or changed and you point this out, they give you the opportunity to do so.You can really provide added value with the improvements you make and the savings those ultimately yield."
The work and the challenges you have to deal with in the Embedded Engineering department are diverse. "You're not going to spend all day at your desk bashing out code", Luuk explains. Luuk is a software engineer and works in the team that is responsible for the vehicle software. "A lot of consultation and design is involved, following the principle of model-driven development. Using this method, we aim to align our processes as much as possible with internal and external parties." Hubert adds: "I think we spend about 20–30% of our time on the actual software; the remaining time is used for design and internal coordination, as well as for communication with suppliers."
Creating opportunities yourself
The three young men enjoy working at DAF and feel that the atmosphere and dynamics are good. "It's nice to meet direct colleagues during your application process. You know where you will end up", Erik says. There are also plenty of opportunities for development. "You learn new things every day, you can continue growing and are involved in the latest developments", Luuk explains. Erik and Hubert agree with this. "You create your own opportunities for growth. So you really feel that you can contribute something to the organisation", Hubert concludes.