Work - Succes story
Working on the cutting edge of automotive technology
Punch Powertrain is a Belgian automotive company that produces Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT’s) and fuel efficient powertrains. The company faces a period of explosive growth as the technology is very popular in Asia.
Systems Engineer Emilio Maldonado (29) from Mexico works for the company’s R&D department in the Dutch city of Eindhoven in the Brainport region. There he works on improving the technology, which he absolutely enjoys: ‘at Punch we work on the cutting edge of technology and that is extremely exciting.’
Excited about contributing to the future
“A very exciting future awaits us and I want to be part of that and contribute to it. That is why I came to the Netherlands. In Mexico I would be missing out on this. I would not be able to work on breakthrough technologies. Knowing that the technology we are developing at Punch Powertrain is going to bridge a gap to what is needed in the future is very exciting.”
Fascinated by the automotive field
The role I fulfil requires a multidisciplinary technical background. I obtained my B.Sc. in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in Mexico and after that I started working for a huge company there as an application engineer. During an internship at Porsche in Germany, however, I realised how much I was fascinated by the automotive sector. I decided to apply for a scholarship to get admitted to Eindhoven University of Technology and I succeeded. So in 2011 I started an M.Sc. in Automotive Technology.
Returned to Europe because of multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment
“After I had finished my masters I started working for Prodrive Technologies in Eindhoven with my main project being in Mexico, where they had started an office, but eventually it had to close and I moved to VUHL, a Mexican automotive company. There I missed the multi-disciplinary and multicultural environment that I found in the Netherlands and I decided to return to Eindhoven.”
“Finding a house in Eindhoven was quite a challenge but finding a job was not that hard. I found Punch Powertrain through MCA, an automotive consultancy company. The company is really R&D oriented, it is growing really fast and there is a lot of talent here. It is a vibrant place to work at and we are working on cutting-edge technology which is really exciting.”