A day with ...

... Christopher is an apprentice mining technologist specializing in civil engineering. The 18-year-old is completing his second year of training at the Zielitz potash plant. In his spare time, he is also involved in the youth fire brigade.

6:00 a.m.


Christopher's work day begins in the dressing room above ground. Here he changes into his work clothes made for mining.

6:15 a.m.


In the lamp room Christopher equips himself with a pit lamp and a self-rescuer device. These are his constant companions for safety.

6:35 a.m.


In about two minutes he's at a depth of 700 meters with the elevator. Once there, he and his colleagues make their way to the vehicle.

6:45 a.m.


Christopher carries out the first technical inspection on the vehicle. Among other things, he checks the operational and traffic safety as well as the engine and the fluid levels.

7:00 a.m.


Christopher exchanges ideas with colleagues and accepts his current assignment from trainer Heiko.

7:10 a.m.


Instructor Thomas trains Christopher in the virtual drill jumbo control station. The so-called VRBWSX enables real-time simulation in the underground training area.

9:30 a.m.


Before Christopher goes to the drilling site in the training area 5, he and his trainee colleagues enjoy having breakfast together.

10:10 a.m.


In order to prepare the blast hole drilling, Christopher begins with the reopening of the drilling site. To do this, he taps the ceiling to locate possible hazards and eliminate them.

10:30 a.m.


After the drilling location has been cleared, the practical instruction on the blast hole drill rig follows. Christopher aligns the carriage of the blast hole drill rig according to the preset drilling scheme.

2:35 p.m.


After an eventful training day, Christopher leaves the mine.

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