It's never easy to start from zero. But the feeling when you manage it is priceless. A similar story was experienced by Viacheslav Bobrov, who set off from Ukraine to look for work in the Czech Republic. Although he had a university diploma in his pocket, he joined a production line in ŠKODA AUTO Kvasiny. Thanks to his abilities and single-mindedness, he quickly worked his way up to the position of CAD Method Specialist in Technical Development in Mladá Boleslav.
Viacheslav, tell us, where do you come from and which school did you graduate from?
I come from the town of Kostyantynivka in the Donetsk Region in Ukraine. Today, it is a place of war. I graduated from a university which specialises in the aerospace industry, faculty of aircraft engines. After school, I joined a construction centre. I started in the position of Production Technologist, and I constantly moved forward professionally, until I became a designer in the Conceptual Development Department.
Why did you decide to work in ŠKODA AUTO?
The aviation industry in Ukraine is not in a good condition. Then there was revolution and war. I thought about the variant of working in ŠKODA AUTO for quite a long time. I considered working for ŠKODA AUTO directly in the Czech Republic, where they were looking for production workers. I applied. They contacted me immediately, and four months later I was on a line in Kvasiny.
How long have you been working with us, and which positions have you gone through?
I started in Kvasiny in January 2017 as a Production Operator. Of course, professionally it was a step back for me. But when I managed the initial training and the given profession, I started looking around for a more technically demanding position. I went for several interviews, and in the end I received an offer from technical development. So I arrived in Mladá Boleslav after 9 months.
Now you work as a CAD Method Specialist. What exactly is your job description?
Our team looks for and implements new solutions, workflow processes and software which improve designers' work. I'm involved in concern projects; I test CAD (Computer Aided Design – construction computer systems) systems and PLM (Product Life-cycle Management – archiving and management of parts throughout its entire life-cycle). I also participate in international projects, for example in conjunction with China and India, whereby we interconnect our development processes.
What characteristics does the work of a methodical CAD system specialist require?
Accuracy, emphasis on detail, basic knowledge of the construction process. But the basis must be an enthusiasm for improving the processes which the designer encounters on a daily basis.
You work in Technical Development, with projects which may only see the light of day in a few years' time. What does it feel like?
I always wanted to be part of the creation of something new. I feel great in Technical Development; I have room here for professional self-realisation. I'm glad that the difficult journey wasn't a waste of time.
How do you like it in the Czech Republic? Have you managed to integrate into a foreign collective?
I now have many friends in the Czech Republic, who help me and my family. I really like my work, because I work side by side with intelligent and friendly people.
How do you best like to spend your free time? What do you like most about the Czech Republic?
I enjoy my free time the most when I spend it with my family. I like outings, walks through the city... we visited Prague and the Bohemian Paradise; we saw the Bozkov Dolomite Caves. I like Czech nature. It seems to me that civilisation hasn't affected it too much yet.
Your favourite model from the ŠKODA AUTO family?
KODIAQ, KAROQ, SUPERB.