MAN Truck & Bus
But how does that actually work? After all, it's not that easy to build a MAN truck on a scale of 1:14 when you're just starting out in your career. It's quite simple: the trainees learn step by step what they need for their job and then apply what they have learned directly to building the miniature truck. The project starts in the first year of training and after around 12 to 18 months the little truck is ready.
Those who learn the basics of metal technology in their apprenticeship build the truck completely themselves, with the exception of a few components such as the electric motor, the chassis, the remote control, plastic parts or the tires. Turning, milling, drilling, bending sheet metal, cutting threads - a number of metalworking techniques are required to produce the individual aluminum components on the basis of model construction plans. Even the rims are made in-house.
Of course, the "young vehicle builders" choose the color for their truck themselves. Once all the parts are there, the vehicle is expertly screwed together. The motivation to work extremely precisely when building the miniature truck is naturally very high. After all, they want their own truck to look good later on.
"Wow, did you see the red truck?" or "I like the silver one back there best" can sometimes be heard from the murmur of voices. But it's also worth seeing 60 to 70 colorful mini trucks lined up and waiting for the official handover at the MAN site.
The excitement among the trainees is always great: until now, they have only been able to tell friends and family about their truck - and finally they get to take the beloved piece home with them.