We are ATH.
Niklas Heitmann

We are KROENERT, COATEMA, DRYTEC and ZAE. We are the companies of the ATH Group would like to introduce ourselves in more detail through our team.


Niklas Heitmann

Development Engineer at ZAE

Mr Heitmann, why don't you start by telling us something about yourself?

Sure, my name is Niklas Heitmann and I’m a development engineer at ZAE.


What did you do before you started working at ZAE?

I studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University. I’ve been working in the development department at ZAE since 2018.


How did you become aware of ZAE?

I found out about ZAE through an internet search and applied here on my own initiative.

What do you think makes a good employee in your field of work?

In our field, initiative, the ability to work in a team and creativity in solving problems are particularly in demand. A good understanding of technology and the ability to learn quickly are of course other requirements you meet to be successful with us.

What keeps you going on a day-to-day basis?

Lots to look forward to, both big and small. Also a sense of curiosity and the fun of putting ideas into practice.

I enjoy being confronted with new issues every day and solving problems for our customers. The freedom to make decisions that KROENERT gives us allows me to do this in the best possible way.

What was your most exciting project?
Designing, developing and commissioning some of our test benches at ZAE has been – and continues to be – an exciting and challenging task that combines various interesting subject areas such as mechanics and electronics.

How much freedom do you need at work?

I really appreciate having a lot of scope for creativity and being able to contribute my own ideas at work.

The buzzwords digitalization and Industry 4.0 are on everyone’s lips, and they’re key issues at ZAE and KROENERT, too.
What was your first encounter with the digital age?
Pinball on the family PC.

 Power failure – what do you do now?
The smartphone is bound to have some power left ...

Favourite gadget?
My smartphone, too.

How do you get to work in the morning – bike, car or train/local transport?
On foot.

Just woken up – what happens next?
I brush my teeth.

You’re a bottle of Beck’s. Where do you want to be opened?
At a concert.

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