Huge number of different technologies
While many technologies have foundational similarities with electric cars, Jesse quickly discovered that everything is just a bit different. For instance, the climate system is one of the most crucial aspects of the bus and is significantly larger and more advanced than that of an electric car. Jesse shares, “What fascinates me most about the electric bus is not a specific technique, but the vast array of different technologies on board. For example, the high-voltage system, markedly different from the low-voltage section, the air system, doors that can be operated both pneumatically and electrically, lighting, tachograph, the charging system… I could go on and on.” While many of these components can also be present in machines, the fact that a bus drives adds an extra dimension, making it even more intriguing for Jesse.
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The right match
When Jesse decided to apply at Ebusco, he initially thought of a role within Prototyping, as that role was familiar to him. After discussions with the HR team and a tour of the production hall, HR proposed a different role to Jesse: that of a PDI mechanic. Though Jesse took a moment to consider, he quickly realized why this role suited him. The ability to solve problems and work under tight schedules are elements that make the work challenging for Jesse, and these characteristics align well with the role of a PDI mechanic. The fact that every bus, whether assembled at our location in the Netherlands, Portugal, or Asia, always passes through Jesse and his team before being delivered to the customer, added even more interest to the job.
A step into the unknown
Jesse took the plunge, ventured into a role different from what he was used to, and now feels completely at home. “Every resolved issue gives me a great sense of accomplishment. The fact that the problem is addressed in production, preventing it in the next bus, is the best part, of course.” Jesse continues to learn every day and grows in his role with the help of his colleagues and internal courses.
A piece of advice from Jesse to anyone feeling the itch to try something new: “With a curious, proactive mindset, you can go far! And dare to look outside your familiar boundaries; that opens up new possibilities.”