I will start by introducing myself. My name is Jorn and I have been working at ALTEN since November 2017. I studied electronics and I’m currently working as a FPGA designer. In my ongoing assignment I am working for a customer who develops high speed data acquisition systems. These systems are used by companies like BMW and NASA. At BMW they use the system to measure the torque on the electronic drive train. Currently I’m working on the development of a 250 MHz 8 channel Acquisition card.
Space to train, space to work
Besides challenging myself in the work field I also like to challenge my body and undertake physical activities. In fact, I’ve just completed my 8th full distance triathlon (3.8 km swim, 180 km time trail cycling and 42 km run). I am aiming to qualify for the Ironman world championship in Hawaii. To reach this goal I train between 15 and 20 hours a week. It can be tough to fit everything into my schedule between work and training but ALTEN supports me. They have helped me out by arranging my schedule so that I can do both —work and train. This is the reason why I love working for ALTEN, they give me the space I need to train and reach my athletic goals for the triathlon. I am able to live a social life too, which allows me to be an efficient worker and deliver the best service to our customers.
A challenging daily dynamic
As previously mentioned, it is a challenge to schedule everything. I’ll elaborate a bit about my every day dynamic; Most working days are also training days as I train twice or even three times a day. Starting with a pre-breakfast run or cycle to work or sometimes even starting work early in the morning. If I start work earlier I can leave earlier as well which is great because I gain more hours that I can use later for training. I also get to see my girlfriend in the evening! My weekends are full of training; running as well as cycling, but I also try to meet my friends and family when I have time.
Earlier this year, in May, I participated at the Ironman championship in Lanzarote. I was supported by ALTEN, therefore I was able to go there a few weeks before the dates of race day and I was able to complete my last-minute training routines. In my opinion an Ironman is all about 30% physical strength and 70% mental strength. I believe that it is important to live a happy and healthy life. Working at ALTEN is great and the support I receive from them is even greater, their support helps me a lot when it comes to reaching my happiness and I know that without them I wouldn’t have been able to complete my 6th race for Ironman in Lanzarote last May.