As a student, Amruta Patil actually wanted to be a doctor. But as she started her Bachelor’s Degree, she discovered that she was more excited by math and technology than other disciplines. “That’s when I discovered my passion for mechanical engineering,” Amruta recalls. “I always wanted to know how the technology in cars and other machines worked.” She completed her Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering in Pune, her hometown in the West Indian state of Maharashtra, then started learning German to continue her studies in Germany in 2016. “Where else?” she asks. “Technology in Germany is alway one step ahead. The best machines and cars are built here.”
If I come across a problem, I don’t give up quickly.
Amruta finished her mechanical engineering studies at the TU Kaiserslautern with a Master’s in Commercial Vehicle Technology. She describes herself as persistent: “If I come across a problem, I don’t give up quickly.” It’s this attitude that brought Amruta to Viessmann as a Simulation and Test Engineer as well.
From a metropolis of three million to Allendorf
In her studies, the now 27-year-old dealt with automotive technology, but today she focuses on modern air-conditioning technology. She found the innovative and climate-friendly solutions that Viessmann offers very exciting when she learned about the company during her job search in 2019. Her first impression of the company was also positive: “When I first came to Allendorf, I immediately liked the landscape,” says Amruta, who grew up in a lively city with more than three million inhabitants.
Today, Amruta works as a Simulations and Test Engineer in the Commercial System Solutions division at Viessmann. “I mainly work on the development of HIL simulations on Team Vitocontrol,” she explains. She is also involved in system simulations as well as customer-specific projects. Within these simulations, engineers like Amruta recreate real environments to test the control algorithms, parameterization and the I/Os from Vitocontrol, the central system controller, before commissioning. HIL stands for “Hardware in the Loop”. “That’s what I always found interesting, and what I engaged with in my studies. It’s what I always wanted to do,” says Amruta.
It’s always important to find new solutions
She had just two months to get acclimated to her team and the test laboratory. “I was received with kindness, and my colleagues were quick to help me network,” she remembers. Then, the COVID pandemic hit. Amruta was sent to work from home alongside her colleagues, but she feels connected to her team regardless. “My coworkers and I see each other regularly during the week in our virtual team meetings online,” Amruta reports. When she wants to, she can always use the company’s test laboratory. The part of her work that she especially likes? “I always have the option to familiarize myself with new trends in the field of system simulation and to integrate new features. The job never gets boring.”
I always have the option to familiarize myself with new trends in the field of system simulation and to integrate new features.
The mechanical engineer feels very much at home in Allendorf outside of work as well. “My colleagues were very helpful from the very first minute, and they made me feel very welcome in a city where I’d never been before,” says Amruta. Her colleagues also introduced her to an Indian family in the area. “The family has twins, and I spend a lot of time there,” she says.
In her free time, Amruta takes in the landscape of northern Hesse, where she hikes and explores the environment. It calms her down to be in nature. “Sometimes people ask me why I stay in this small town. But I would never think about leaving here because I feel right at home at Viessmann.” If Viessmann had a site in India, however, she says she would definitely visit.