The Rulanders

Technicians, strategists, team players, solution finders - these are our employees

The Rulanders are multifaceted, committed and innovative. They see themselves as a team and cultivate a respectful attitude. Some team members introduce themselves personally here.

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Cedric van Lunteren

project engineer process engineering

I left the university in Karlsruhe with a Master of Science in chemical engineering / process engineering with main focus on food processing engineering and drinking water treatment. In January 2017, I started as a commissioning engineer at Ruland and switched to process engineering in October 2018.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
You have a lot of responsibility right from the start and can work very independently. There is also the opportunity to bring creativity into my everyday work.

What about an experience to remember at Ruland?
To develop a functioning system on base of a costumer’s idea and to accompany the process and the project from start to finish – to see how something is created out of nothing makes every project something special.

At Ruland I can’t do without:
Coffee and an after-work-beer from time to time.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
To turn chaos into tidiness.

My most important job equipment:
Computer.

Did your childhood provide any touch points to your present job?
When I was a child I liked to build Lego and Lego technology, preferably without instructions. All worked out well at the end. In this, I see some parallels to my daily work at Ruland.

My guiding principle:
There are no problems, just the opportunity to learn.

How do you like to relax in your leisure time?
In general, I need a lot of sports and exercise in form of hiking, weight training and snowboarding. If I feel in need for a rest, sauna and reading are my first choice.

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Jürgen Schütze

Sales

I got to know Ruland in 2007 during my practical semester while I studied mechatronics in Karlsruhe. After graduation with diploma, I switched to the automation department and project management. From 2012 on, I focused on working in the automation sales before I switched to Sales department.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
As the tasks and costumers vary, it’s never boring. The customs, traditions and circumstances waiting for me in other countries to them is very exiting for me, and to see how quickly I can adapt to them.

What about your funniest experience at Ruland?
The most funny event happened during the beginning. For a pilot project, I went to at a costumer in the UK with one of the managing directors. In order to clean the plant, we were in need of a powerful high pressure cleaner which we built out of several plant components. This was quite tricky. After a short shower it finally worked.

Did your childhood provide any touch points to your present job?
Since my childhood and early youth I am interested in technology which changed to a real enthusiasm for technics. My father has been an engineer as well and supported me on my way to a technical career.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
All questions regarding automation, problems with computers and mobile phones as well as sound and light for events.

At Ruland I can’t do without:
The great colleagues and the canteen.

My most important job equipment:
The telephone.

Most exciting holiday destinations for Ruland projects:
So far, Florida and Abu Dhabi have been the most interesting place where I worked for Ruland.

What my colleagues say about me:
“Jürgen is a very creative, diverse and reliable colleague. He works in a very structured way and always sees where a need for structure and adaption is.”
“A very engaged and helpful colleague who thinks the “Ruland-way“, and who always focuses on the company welfare.”
”Already during his training he was extremely successful in supervising a Ruland-project and showed what he is made of.”

How do you like to relax in your leisure time?
I play piano, I love to cook and I really enjoy being in nature.

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Kai Moog

Head of IT

In 2005 my way at Ruland started with a training as an IT specialist. After graduation 3 years later, I became part of the IT department. I have been working there for 15 years and did my Technician for Business Informatics. For 6 years now, I manage the department where I started as a Trainee.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
I really enjoy the varied and independent work and the great confidence put into the employees.

What was your funniest experience at Ruland?
After the air conditioning in the data center went down, we collected all fans availabe in the company to cool down the servers until the air conditioning was running again. Now 10 years passed, and we have done a lot for a highly available and redundant data center.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
All questions regarding IT technology, pictures and videos.

Did your childhood provide any touch points to your present job?
I’ve always been interested in technology and started to experiment early with building kits. I started programming on my first computer and implemented first home- and company networks. Probably this influenced my decision to choose an IT-job. My passed training as a Technician for Business Informatics showed me the business-oriented aspects that interest me increasingly. Today the mixture of technical background and business workflows is my real dream job.

My most important job equipment:
“If you have no Iphone, you have no IPhone“

What my colleagues say about me:
“Kai is an ambitious colleague, and even if he always wants the best for the IT and follows projects with maximum of energy, he is never using his elbows or leaves colleagues behind him.”
“I like working together with Kai as you can always discuss about the best solution for Ruland even if there are different opinions or ideas how to achieve it.”

My guiding principle:
Do or die.

How do you like to relax in your leisure time?
On the road and on the move. Either on the water with a wakeboard, by bike trough the Palatinate Forrest or with my team on the handball field. Photography plays a big role as creative balance towards my analytic and structured job.

Catchword Rhineland-Palatinate. Which palatine sight and palatine food do you like most?
The Kalmit is beautiful and Bratwurst is my favourite Food.

 

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Nicole Engel

Assistance to the management

In 2006 I started my apprenticeship as an industrial clerk at Ruland. Since 2008 I have been part of the secretary department, first in the technical department and as assistant to the management for 11 years now. In addition to my job, I did my business administration degree in evening classes.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
The varied work and the good cooperation with colleagues.

Your funniest experience at Ruland?
Rainwater dripped through the ceiling onto my workplace. The problem was quickly solved by three men.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
Party organization, like the summer and Christmas parties.

At Ruland I can’t do without:
My colleagues.

My most important job equipment:
Gummy bears as goody for the colleagues and me.

Did your childhood provide any touch points to your present job:
As a child I liked to “play office”, but actually I wanted to become a forensic doctor for a long time.

What my colleagues say about me:
“Nicole knows the company inside and out. She knows intuitively where she has to get involved and is always ready to support wherever there is a need to.”
“I can’t imagine Ruland without Nicole, no matter what it is about, she is always involved with heart and soul and tries to make everything possible.”
“Nicole is a very experienced and technically skilled colleague who is always ready to help. In addition, she always listens to the worries and needs of her colleagues.”

My guiding principle:
Live your life and love what you do.

How do you like to relax in your free time?
I like to sit on the balcony with a nice book or go swimming.

Catchword Palatinate! The favourite Palatinate sight and the favourite Palatinate Food?
My favourite Palatinate food is onion cake in combination with new wine. The Kalmit is definitely my favourite sight because of the unique view.

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Lars Maresch

warehouse

I started at Ruland in October 2018. I am a trained cook, but switched to warehouse logistics as a cross-starter.

What do you like most at Ruland?
I have enough time to do my job carefully.

Your funniest experience at Ruland?
An electrician came to the warehouse to change the tubes on the ceiling lighting. These hang at a height of 4.50 meters. He looks up, then folds out his 1.50-metre-high ladder, climbs to the top to say, “Oh, I don’t think that’s high enough.” There was about 1 meter missing. After the work was stopped, another person did it using a lifting platform.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
Everything about logistics.

At Ruland I can’t do without:
My coffee mug.

My most important job equipment:
The forklift.

Did your childhood provide any touch points to your present job?
In fact, even as a child, I had a strong sense of order and had fun in organizing.

What my colleagues say about me:
“Lars is a great and conscientous colleague.”
“Lars is very friendly, always helpful and he radiates total balance.“

My guiding principle:
We are what we think, everything we are is born of our thoughts. With our thoughts we shape the world.

How do you like to relax in your leisure time?
Meditation and wilderness hiking.

Catchword Rhineland-Palatinate. Best Palatine sight and food?
I love the Palatine Forrest and my favoured food is Palatine pig’s stomach.

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Bernd Lauth

electrical engineering assembly

Since 2001, I’ve been part of the Ruland-Team and work as electrical engineering assembler. Originally, I did my education as an electrical systems installer with further training as a technician for control technology.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
I really like that the work varies very much. The tasks and customers change which keeps it interesting.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
Electrical installations and cablings.

At Ruland I can´t do without:
My colleagues and contact persons e. g. in the warehouse, ET-CAD and project management.

My most important job equipment:
Mobile phone, notebook and my toolbox.

What my colleagues say about me:
“Bernd carries his heart on his tongue, but everybody who asks friendly for his help will get his support.“
“Bernd is a colleague who also assumes tedious tasks and get them done.“
“Bernd is an open and honest person who takes his own position but is always open-minded towards solid argumentation.”

How do you like to relax in your leisure time?
Going out and meet some friends and just enjoy life.

Catchword Palatinate? The favourite Palatine sight, the favourite food?
Palatine sausage or pig’s stomach with Sauerkraut.

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Nadine Dienes

Assistance Marketing

In November 2019 I started to work as a marketing assistant at Ruland. After graduating in marketing in 2002, I have worked for various companies, mainly in the areas of marketing, communication and press and public relations. In addition to my job, I am currently attending a further training course to become a Social Media Manager.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
The diversified mixture of online marketing, classical texting and working on challenging projects. I like the fact that you can be creative and develop new ideas.

Your best experience at Ruland?
The warm welcome on my first working day. I have fond memories of it.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
Writing and proofreading and everything creative.

I can’t do without at Ruland:
Coffee and Internet for quick research (most likely both together).

My most important work utensil:
My writing pad to note down my ideas and my computer to implement them.

Did your childhood provide any touch points to your present job?
Already as a child I liked to think up stories and to write them down. With my cassette recorder, I recorded self-made “commercials”, which were then played in my own radio show.

What my colleagues say about me:
“After so short time Nadine is already a genuine Ruländer, which knows exactly what it depends on. We don’t want to miss her any more!
“Nadine always has a funny saying, she is creative and we can’t imagine working without her.”
“Nadine is dedicated, creative, motivated and a very nice person. She does not only come to Ruland to do a good job, but the personal bond is also important to her. Great addition to the marketing department”.

My guiding principle:
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever could.

How do you like to relax in your leisure time?
I like to go hiking with my husband and our children, work in the garden and read thrillers and crime novels. I balance my desk work with fitness, cardio and weight training.

Catchword Palatinate! The favourite Palatinate sight and the favourite Palatinate Food?
Castle ruin Neuscharfeneck and Jungpfalzhütte where I eat “Meatballs with horseradish”. The words I favour the most is “Dabbschädel” or phrases like “alla Hopp” and “jo, was wärdn sei?”

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Fabian Hambsch

process engineer projects

I studied chemical engineering and process engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and worked as a student and graduate student at the nuclear power plant in Philippsburg. In August 2017 I started with Ruland.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
The friendly cooperation with the colleagues.

Your most funny experience at Ruland?
A pump supplier called me and we found out, that he had not only the same name but also came from the village where I grew up.

Did your childhood provide any touch points to your present jobs?
I was still at school but already knew that I wanted to become a process engineer. During my studies, I put the focus on thermodynamics and energy technology. The step towards plant construction came later.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
Complicated calculations.

At Ruland I can’t do without:  
Coffee.

My most important job equipment:
My calculator.

My guiding principle:
What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger.

How do you like to relax in your leisure time?
I go to soccer.

Catchword Palatinate. What is your favoured Palatinate Sight?
The view towards Baden-Württemberg  :-).

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Iris Pertzborn

HR administrator

In 2010 I was already a part of Ruland’s Human Ressources and instructor for the commercial trainees. At the same time, I did an apprenticeship as personnel services clerk and further education as HR specialist and personnel office. After a short break, I returned to Ruland in January 2018.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
The varied work and the good cooperation with the colleagues.

Your greatest experience at Ruland?
The return to Ruland after my break. I recognized quickly that Ruland is my home and the place I belong to.

At Ruland I’m a specialist for:
Recruiting and everything that belongs to.

At Ruland I can’t do without:
My colleagues.

My most important job equipment:
My mobile phone and d.vinci, our online tool for applicant management.

What my colleagues say about me:
“Iris is a very engaged person who always tries to find the optimal solution for everybody.“
“A very motivated and enthusiastic colleague who is always in good mood.”
“Warmly and lovely, but in need she can also be very strict.”

My guiding principle:
Find the job you love and you never have to work again.

Catchword Palatinate! The favourite Palatine food?
“Dirty potatoes and ox shred“, it needs to be hefty.

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Christian Verzieri

electrical engineer projects

After my apprenticeship as power plant electronic technician (1983-1987) and a belated technical college entrance qualification, I studied electrical engineering in Mannheim. I worked as an engineer for automation technology for several companies before I switched to the electrical engineering at Ruland in 2006.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
There is no or nearly no usage of the word „impossible”. Ruland has the courage to tackle both, previously unknown and tricky technologies and problems. In case of a problem, there is always someone to ask or count on.

What about your most funny experience at Ruland?
Due to a “small” operating error, I was showered with about 50 liters of banana juice concentrate. As there were no suitable spare clothes for my size, I wore an orange plastic overall afterwards.

At Ruland I can’t do without:
The very collegial environment.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
Lets say: firefighting operations. If anywhere occurs a problem I am often the lucky one to stand in.

My most important job equipment:
The coffee machine and the candy cupboard. After all, a balanced nutrition is important to me.

What my colleagues say about me:
“Christian is a great colleague but the only silent part of him is the water on his table.”
“Christian is a friendly and helpful colleague with a wealth of experience.“

My guiding principle:
Don’t try, just do it.

How do you like to relax in your leisure time?
I am on the move with the caravan.

Catchword Palatinate! The favourite Palatine food?
Since I am half Italian, I like both – a good pig’s stomach and a good lasagne.

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Manuela Slomke

Assistance to the branch manager

Since 2010 I am part of the Ruland team in the Vlotho branch. I started out as a commercial support in the area of invoicing, and now I work as an assistant to the branch manager within the assistant Department.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
The work is very varied and exciting and the cooperation with colleagues is very constructive and pleasant.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
All possible and also “impossible” thing. When in doubt, colleagues often say, “Let’s ask Mrs. Slomke, I’m sure she knows.”

I can’t do without at Ruland:
The friendly work together.

My most important work utensil:
Coffee and my telephone.

Were there already points of contact in your childhood with your current activity?
When I was 14 years old, I had my first taste of “office and work air” at my mother’s office during my school holidays. I supported her in her work as a secretary and directly caught fire for the versatile tasks.

What my colleagues say about me:
“Manuela is always friendly and helpful and always trys to find solutions.”

My guiding principle:
Only those who have the courage to dream have the strength to fight.

How do you like to relax in your leisure time?
I like to spend my free time on activities with my children.

Best East-Westphalian food:
Stippling grits.

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Florian Pabel

electrical engineer projects

After completing my training as a mechatronics technician in 2008 and some time of working, I did further training as a state-certified technician for automation technology (2010-2012). Since then I’ve been part of the Ruland Team.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
Diversified and exciting projects are part of my daily work. The colleagues are very nice and the teams stick together out of the ordinary.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
Wonderware products (InTouch, System Platform, Historian)

At Ruland I can’t do without:
My colleagues.

My most important job equipment:
My notebook.

What my colleagues say about me:
“Both on a private and a professional level, Florian is very helpful. Even in stressful times, Florian stays calm.“
“Florian is friendly, flexible and supportive. He likes to laugh and makes other laugh as well.“

How do you like to relax in your leisure time?
Being active in nature, preferably by riding a bike or trekking.

Catchword Palatinate! The favourite Palatine sight?
The Palatinate Forest is beautiful. My dearest sight is the Hambach Castle.

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Stefanie Gies

Reception

I did my training as an industrial clerk at Ruland from 2003 to 2005 and started working in the secretary department after that. I was involved in everything from classical office work, assistance, marketing and HR tasks. Since my return from parental leave at the beginning of 2020, I have been working at the reception.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
The combination of a great workplace with a great atmosphere and good equipment.

Your best experience at Ruland?
Due to my long time at Ruland it is difficult to focus on one experience. There were many wonderful moments and experiences at trips, parties or even during a normal working day.

At Ruland I can’t do without:
My colleagues.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
Allround talent

My most important job equipment:
Definitely the telephone.

Did your childhood provide any touch points to your present job?
Well, at least, I can’t remember about that.

What my colleagues say about me:
“Steffi is a real all-rounder and a good contact person for pretty everything. The chance that she can answer a question is very high.
“A true Ruland veteran. Her first words after returning from parental leave: “It’s like coming home.”
“Steffi always tries to remain objective, helps everyone, does not judge hastily and attaches great importance to harmonious interaction and collegial cohesion.

My guiding principle:
„As much as you need.“

How do you relax best in your leisure time?
Music and a lot of fresh air.

Catchword Palatinate! The favourite Palatinate sight and the favourite Palatinate food?
The Rietburgbahn near Villa Ludwigshöhe and the Kuckucksbähnl. I love steam noodles.

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Ariane Schormann

team leader project handling

After an apprenticeship as technical draughtswoman I completed engineering studies. In 1994 I started working for ATM as a project engineer and CAD planner and stayed abroad for some time. After the takeover by Ruland in 2004 I have been project engineer, team leader project handling and at least deputy branch manager.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
The diversity and the interesting projects. During my whole time in the company no project replayed. Themes and challenges change constantly. As Ruland operates internationally I can provide my language skills and get to know other countries and cultures in a way tourists never could.

What about your most defining experience at Ruland?
From the beginning Ruland encouraged coachings and team building porcesses. I had the advantage to take part at some of these events and trainings and had the chance to develop myself and discover my strengths. This was very formative.

Did your childhood provide any touch points to your present job?
Not really, originally I intended to become a medical doctor.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
The organisation of complicated construction sites abroad.

At Ruland I can’t do without:  
My team.

My most important job equipment:
Computer and telephone.

My guiding principle:
Things are never what they are. They are always what you make out of it. (Jean Anouilh)

How do you like to relax in your leisure time?
E-bike tours through the Weser mountains region, walking, gardening work, reading, voluntary refugee work.

Which sight do you like most in East Westphalia-Lippe?
Weser cycling path, Open Air Museum in Detmold.

Foto Andreas Voss Vlotho Projektmanagement

Andreas Voß

Project handling

In march 2020 I was with the company for over 30 years. At the beginning of my career, I did an apprenticeship as heating and ventilation fitter, and switched to ATM in 1990 (taken over by Ruland in 2004). I went away on construction jobs as a welder and fitter and specialized on orbital welding and endoscopy. After the takeover by Ruland I switched to the office and was responsible for quotations and order processing. Today, I am mainly responsible for project management in Vlotho office.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
The work and tasks offer a rich variety and each project presents new challenges which makes it exciting. If problems arise there is always a person in charge to contact.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
Plastic pipelines. If plastic pipelines are subject to offers and orders I am always involved.

What my colleagues say about me:
“A dependable and helpful colleague who always takes time for technical questions.“
“Our expert for plastic material work.“
“Andreas, our longterm project manager, always in good mood and good for a laugh.“

My guiding principle:
There are no problems, only solutions.

How do you like to relax in your leisure time?
I like being surrounded by nature, go for a hike or ride my bike. Apart from that, I am in the gym for some workout.

Which sight do you like most in East Westphalia-Lippe?
I really like the Emperor William monument. It is considered to be one of the major national monuments.

 

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Joshua Ehresmann

trainee as plant mechanic / pipe system technology

In August 2017 I started at Ruland as a trainee in plant mechanics and pipe system technology. During the first 6 months, I took a metal course which taught me the basics and handling with metal. I passed the mid-term exam in March 2019. Now I am supporting the assembly. I will hopefully pass my training in 2021 and hope to become a fixed part of the Ruland-Team.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
The varied work and the good cooperation with my colleagues. My instructor and the other colleagues support me in case of questions or problems.

Your best Ruland experience?
The warm welcome and the good integration in the existing team.

At Ruland I am a specialist for:
Support with different projects and trainee-works.

At Ruland I can’t do without:
My great colleagues.

My most important job equipment:
My tool boxes and my welding machine.

What my instructors thinks about me:
“Joshua is a caring, nice and very interested trainee. From time to time he needs a little wake up call.”

My guiding principle
“The journey is the reward.”

How do you like to relax in your leisure time?
Fitness training to release the pressure, and to spend the day with friends.

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Ezgi Calik

Trainee industrial business management assistant

In August 2019 I started my training as industrial business management assistant at Ruland. I go through the different departments according to my training plan, and I will get all specific knowledge and skills.

What do you like best about your work and Ruland?
By spending some time in almost all departments in-house, I get a variety of insights and get to know the departments and employees very well. It is great that the employees are very helpful.

What was your funniest experience at Ruland?
I am afraid of beetles and crawling animals. During my time in the accounting department, I called a colleague because a beetle crawled along my window. He kindly removed it for me.

At Ruland I can’t do without:
My notebook and my „work-godmother” Esther Hohenstein.

My most important job equipment:
Pen and computer.

What my instructor thinks:
”Ezgi is a very determined and reliable trainee. I am happy and proud to have such a great trainee in our team!“

My guiding principle:
In order to make the possible happen, the impossible has to be tried again and again.

How do you like to relax in your leisure time?

I listen to chill-out music in order to relax.

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