People at thyssenkrupp | Thomas Agbor is a qualified auto mechanic but even though he enjoyed this work, he wouldn’t like to go back to the workshop. For even at that time he was more attracted by the development of cars. He’d much rather work on the computer as a development engineer and design steering columns for the auto industry. He is currently working on a special steering column platform for a customer in China.
Born in Germany’s Saarland region and with roots in Cameroon, he is 36 years old and lives with his partner and their child in St. Gallen in Switzerland. In his free time he particularly enjoys playing basketball, but when it comes to the Soccer World Cup he likes to watch the matches on TV, supporting both Germany and Cameroon. And he’s not the only one to be gripped by soccer fever – the entire department then gets together for a prediction game.
Agbor, who has a degree in mechanical engineering, has been working at thyssenkrupp Presta in Liechtenstein since 2010 and can’t think of a better job than the one he currently has. He has always been a car fan and when time allows, he still enjoys tinkering with his old Mercedes convertible. As satisfied as he is, he is generally open about his future at thyssenkrupp and could also imagine working in the armaments industry.
“If you love what you do, you’re in the right place,” is how Thomas Agbor describes the success of his work. In 2013 his employer thyssenkrupp patented the new system for a space-saving steering column that he developed with his team colleagues. This enables the steering wheel to be moved beyond the normal parameters.
Even though this steering column did not go into production, its development was very interesting as it provided an outlook to the future of autonomous driving. Thomas Agbor is convinced that autonomous driving will happen: “Perhaps not everywhere, but there will be zones where it is possible.” In 2015 he was also part of the cross-functional team that won the thyssenkrupp Synergize Award in the “Cross-Functional Collaboration” category.
Working in a team is very important to the engineer as he knows that successful new technologies can only be developed in collaboration with colleagues. And to encourage team spirit it is also a matter of course that everyone goes out for a beer or two together after work sometimes.
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