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Fill Media Service June 2010

Industry / Mechanical Engineering / Employees

Exemplary cooperation between school and business


Fill, the leading machine engineering company, has taken over the mentorship of a fourth and a fifth grade class at the HTL Ried (Ried Higher Technical Institute). The successful project will continue in the fall.


The Gurten-based machine engineering company and a fourth and a fifth grade class at the HTL Ried are linked by a successful partnership. The aim of the project is to give the future engineers a close-up insight into a machine engineering company at work. Although the successful project is coming to an end for this year’s graduate class, Fill is to take over the mentorship for an additional fourth grade in September 2010.


Gurten, 30 June 2010 “The budding technicians are the experts of the future. During the course of the cooperation, we have been able to give the young people a wide range of impressions of our day-to-day work. It is very pleasing to see how enthusiastic the students are about the whole thing,” explains CEO Wolfgang Rathner,  During the last two years, both classes have visited Fill several times. They were enthusiastically involved in the development of their own project, from planning through tender submission, engineering and production right up to documentation and assembly. Highlights of the exemplary cooperation between school and business were visits to the BMW engine works in Steyr and to the wood specialists, STIA in Admont, where numerous Fill machines and plants are in operation.


Engineering and fun

Apart from the technical aspects, great importance was also attached to the social component. Together with representatives from Fill who looked after the two HTL classes during the two-year mentorship, the program also included a trip to the high ropes course in Sierning and a go-kart tournament. The varied supporting program formed a good complement to the work-intensive technical program that was carried out together. In view of the extremely positive results of this project, both at Fill and at HTL Ried, the successful cooperation is to be continued. In fall 2010, Fill will take over the mentorship for another fourth grade at the HTL Ried, and thus make a further important contribution to the successful development of young engineers in the Innviertel region.


A popular employer

For graduates of the HTL, Fill is one of the most popular employers in the region; on the other hand, Fill also values the outstanding practice-oriented qualification of the young technicians. This is reflected not least in the fact that 13 graduates of the HTL Ried have been able to start their career at Fill in the last three years. They put their knowledge successfully into practice, predominantly in engineering and project management.


Corporate data

Fill is a leading international machine and plant manufacturing company serving diverse branches of industry. The family-owned business excels in the use of the latest technology and methods in management, communication, and production. Business operations encompass the fields of metal, plastics and wood for the automotive, wind energy, aerospace, and building industries. The company is the global market leader in ski and snowboard production machines and aluminum core removal technology. Andreas Fill and Wolfgang Rathner are joint CEOs of the company founded in 1966 that is still completely family-owned. The company became a public limited company (GmbH) in 1987, was certified in accordance with ISO 9001 in 1997 and now has more than 400 employees.



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Over the course of the cooperation project with Fill Maschinenbau, students of the HTL Ried visited the wood specialists STIA in Admont, where numerous Fill machines and plants are in operation.

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