Automotive Software

Completing the fast-track course

Finally, after six months, 15 employees have completed the Automotive Software fast-track course, jointly conceived by PSW and the TH Ingolstadt.

The career-integrated part-time course is an important step towards facilitating the transformation to software-related technological fields of the future. It comprises four practical modules: an introduction to programming (Python), computers and operating systems, requirement engineering and software engineering.

Pascal Platzer is one of the 15 participants who completed the course. Having trained as a production mechanic at Audi, he then did further training as a technician with a focus on mechanical engineering before joining PSW. At PSW he started as a CAD designer in tank development. His studies enabled him to develop skills in a new subject area. During the interview he talks about programming mobile phone games, his experiences during the course and how his studies have helped him develop personally.

Some graduates of the fast-track course with their certificates.
The fast-track course comprises four practical modules: an introduction to programming (Python), computers and operating systems, requirement engineering and software engineering.

Why did you choose the fast-track course?

I taught myself programming during corona. I watched various YouTube tutorials and little by little learned how to use Java. For example, I write mobile phone games and I have programmed an app for recipes. During this time I saw the in-house job advertisement and thought it would be great if I could develop this hobby by studying it and even use these skills at the company. In addition, a project had come to an end and I had to make a decision about what the next step in my career could be.

What fascinates you about software development?

A lot depends on it: our day-to-day life is now based on software in many areas and I enjoy figuring out the code and then seeing how everything works. It has now become a passionate hobby of mine – almost overnight! When my working day is done, I program in my free time.

Smart City

We are thus making an important contribution to ensuring that vehicles communicate with infrastructure, which is also an essential factor for autonomous driving.

Tell us about your time on the course.

We were well supported by the company, however the course was still challenging. Eight hours of lectures in one block or sitting down to study after a long day at work can be tough at times. I always tried to plan fixed times to learn in order to achieve a certain routine in my everyday life – this worked quite well. My previous knowledge also helped me because I already knew Java. During our studies we learned Python. This programming language is more accessible. It takes less time writing code to achieve the same thing. The corona pandemic meant that everything had to be held online at short notice, but the professors really tried to involve us closely in the online environment.

In what way do you benefit from the course in your day-to-day work?

I am responsible for the test automation of navigation devices. In the past, you had to test navigation systems manually. In other words, clicking through the menus by hand. Using Python, I program scripts that do this automatically. But the basic knowledge that my foundation course gave me is also helpful in everyday work: how computers work, the hexadecimal or binary system, for example. The course gave me the right tools for my job and it was the right decision for me.

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