My Tratos Internship Experience

Alessandro Lombardi is out of his comfort zone – and finding he likes it.

The 21-year-old undergraduate with ambitions to become a mechanical engineer has joined Tratos UK as part of his Cooperative Education Programme at Northeastern University in the US.

“I had to choose a company that could help me develop my skills, and as a mechanical engineer aspirant Tratos was a good choice. Also, I wanted to be involved in a sector where there is constant innovation, and Tratos is currently winning numerous prizes for its ability to innovate across every aspect of cables.”

Alessandro was also keen to work in the UK as history is made with the evolution of the country’s departure from Europe.

“I really wanted to know how a UK-based company would react to such a change, and what better way to find out than to be involved with it myself. Also, before I joined, I heard a lot about Maurizio (Dr Maurizio Bragagni, Tratos UK’s CEO and Chair) and how much of an influential and hard-working person he is; what I heard was entirely accurate – I look up to him.”

Working in the London office, Alessandro has direct contact with nine colleagues who represent some of the company’s celebrated cultural diversity. “The thing I like the most of working with them is that there are people from all around the world such as the UK, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria and Australia in one office.

“I really appreciate working with Maurizio, from whom I learned a lot in the last five months.  I hope to make the differences he makes and achieve as much as he has one day.

“The thing I enjoy the most is learning what the specifications and innovations of the cables are, especially from the Defense and Railway Industry.  Being involved in a UK-based company in 2019 is a challenge and I am trying to take the most of it. Also, I’ve always thought that Americans and British had the best working-culture, and Tratos UK confirms this theory.

Alessandro wants the next five years to see him graduate from Northeaster well, and become a Mechanical Engineer.  In the meantime, he is focused on getting the most from his experience of working at Tratos UK as possible. Later he plans to take a Masters in Law and an MBA, possibly in the USA.

During his time in the UK – joining Tratos in January 2019 – Alessandro is working in the Sales & Communications department and on projects with PEMA (Port Equipment Manufacturers Association).

Originally from Milan, Italy. At 18 he moved to Boston, United States where he is enrolled at Northeastern University. Currently he is living in London and will head back to Boston in September.

Prior to Tratos being his first official employment, he had not taken on a role in a commercial workforce. Whilst growing up in Milan, Alessandro, his brothers and a group of peers founded an amateur sports association “created by people who believe in the values of sport as fundamental for the health and education of every individual.”

His association is called Kids United and Alessandro saw it grow exponentially from  just 10 participants in 2014 to 250+ today

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