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Dr. Philipp Stichnoth, Branch Manager

From bricklayer to manager

Philipp Stichnoth has had a steep career. He started out as a bricklayer and has worked his way up, step by step, in his 19 years at HOCHTIEF. He now heads the building construction branch in Hanover. Stichnoth compares his career with that of a golfer: “Over the years, the maturity increases and the handicap decreases.”

Robert Siebenhofer, Site Manager

He really lets it rip

When the rock is particularly hard in tunnel construction, site manager Robert Siebenhofer still manages to break it down with explosives. He has the experience of almost 30 years at HOCHTIEF and knows what to look out for when handling detonators and ammunition. "Every day is different. That's exciting."

Anke Schwarz, drone pilot

To facilitate work on the construction site, Anke Schwarz collects data from a bird's eye view. Here she is on the move at the Rhine bridge in Duisburg.

Vanessa Fiebig, Apprentice draftswoman

Doing her thing: Vanessa Fiebig, deaf

Vanessa Fiebig is one of many junior employees at HOCHTIEF. She enjoys working on the computer and drawing in her free time. So for her, nothing was more obvious than to train as a draftswoman at HOCHTIEF. “I listened to my gut feeling,” she says. So far, so commonplace. One characteristic sets her apart from many others. Vanessa Fiebig is deaf. The film shows how she manages to cope with everyday life in the office and on the construction site.

Josef Radosky, Apprentice construction equipment operator

A taste for big machines

“I move mountains—even during my apprenticeship”. Josef Radosky is learning how to handle excavators and rollers at HOCHTIEF. Sensitivity, calmness, concentration-these are what matters on the way to becoming a construction equipment operator, says Radosky. During the construction of the A1 bridge in Leverkusen, he allowed himself to be accompanied by the camera for a day and revealed what cohesion means to him: that you support colleagues with things that are not part of your actual area of responsibility.

Jens Richter, Project Manager

Herculean job between cars and trains

“This project has its work cut out for it,” says Jens Richter. Outside the gates of Vienna, it's over with the Austrian coziness that is so fondly described. Richter is in charge of the new construction of the Heiligenstadt slope bridge. A Herculean task on, under and next to the bridge that often requires unorthodox solutions. After all, the bridge is crammed in with minimal clearances between a federal highway and the railroad.

Günter Genser, crane operator

Every day, Günter Genser climbs 232 steps to reach his workplace at a height of 70 meters. From here, the towers of the Frauenkirche seem close enough to touch. His work in the heart of Munich? "A great challenge," says Genser.

Interview with Günter Genser (Süddeutsche Zeitung | February 4, 2021)