At MMID, every designer works within one of the following five Fields of Expertise: Functionality and Systems, Producibility and Assembly, Electronics and Software, Look and Feel, and User eXperience. In this series of interviews, we speak with MMID designers of each of those Fields of Expertise to give a small peek into our work and culture. For this week’s peek, we interviewed Tobiáš Kebis, one of our Electronics designers at our office in Essen.
Hi Tobiáš, could you tell us a bit about yourself, and how your journey at MMID began?
Sure! My name is Tobiáš, I come from Slovakia, and I studied Mechanical Engineering at the Brno University of Technology. Although I have always been interested in product development, it wasn’t until my studies that I realized how I especially like the electronics part of it. Since then, even during my previous job in the automotive industry, I spent my spare time on developing my knowledge and skills in electronic design and programming. Last summer I decided it was time to take the next step. I started looking for a job in the field of electronics design and was particularly interested in finding a company that works in all areas of the product development process. That is how my journey at MMID began.
Can you describe your function as an Electronics designer?
As an Electronics designer at MMID, I work with everything that is related to the Electronics Field of Expertise. That means that I am involved in building system overviews, designing the hardware and software, building prototypes, testing those prototypes, and documenting the findings. Being in control of the entire system is indispensable for creating a well-integrated solution, since a product will only work if the hardware and software operate perfectly together.
What do you like most about working at MMID?
What I like most is that the projects at MMID are so diverse. Because my work varies so much, it never gets boring. The wide variety of projects comes with a wide variety of interesting challenges for which creativity and teamwork is required. To me, the most satisfying part of the job is to resolve an issue and make the prototype work as expected. This is often easier said than done, which is why it is great to be part of a team of designers to whom I can always reach out for support or inspiration.
What does your average day look like as an Electronics designer?
Starting the day with one of my hobbies, I typically commute by bike. I try to come to office as one of the first ones, to give myself some time to prepare for the day. MMID is divided into four interdisciplinary “clusters”, and like the other European clusters, our team also meets each morning to talk about what we want to achieve that day and how we can help each other. The rest of my day usually consists of content-related work, such as coding, troubleshooting, documenting, and preparing meetings. Hard work is alternated with the lunch break, during which everyone comes together to eat. Also, every now and then we play a bit of table tennis as a refreshment later in the afternoon. At the end of the working day, I return to my bike and cycle back home.
What do you do next to your work at MMID?
When I just started working in the MMID Essen office, I followed a German language course to revive the German I was taught at high school. Recently, my focus has shifted more towards doing sports. In my spare time I like to go swimming or cycling, and early this spring I started jogging once a week after work with colleagues. Since I am still quite new to the area, I like to explore the city and its surrounding when I have time and I am slowly setting up my routines.
If you would describe MMID in 3 words, what would it be?
Compact, efficient, fun
Why those three words?
Compact; because of the structure of the company. The way we work makes the large teams tightly connected to each other. This allows for a smooth flow of information between different locations or departments, resulting in us being one big but compact team.
Efficient; the compactness makes it easy to share resources, and it allows us to put the focus where it is needed. Also, the integrated product development process that we work with is very well defined, which prevents any of us from having to wait for one another.
Fun; because it is a dream job for me. The categories of projects, the integrated way of working, and the challenges that we face make for a mix that I absolutely enjoy. What makes it even better are the supportive colleagues and the cheerful atmosphere in the office. All in all, the great diversity of cool projects and development phases is exactly what I was hoping to find in a job last summer.