At the beginning of November it is traditionally called "3 Days of Transport and Traffic" at the "Friedrich List" Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences. As always, the career fair "KontaktMesse Verkehr" (KMV) kicked things off.

For more than 15 years now, the annual fair has provided many companies from the fields of traffic, transport and mobility with a popular platform to introduce themselves to students from the faculty and related disciplines such as mechanical and electrical engineering and to attract future young talent. This year, the organizing team from the faculty's alumni association, "Spätverkehr", faced a new challenge: for the first time, the fair was not held in the Gerhart Potthoff Building, but in the Dülfer Hall at TU Dresden. This allowed for a different distribution of stands, which led to a record number of 47 exhibitors. The "Verkehrslage" editorial team asked around again this year and collected the opinions of some of the exhibiting companies and company representatives.

Opening of the KontaktMesse Verkehr 2023

3 Personen bei einer Eröffnungsrede
© devamedia – Jan Krug

Delivered a greeting from the faculty: Dean Prof. Regine Gerike (centre) with members of the alumni association Spätverkehr e. V., Jessica Quader (1st board member) and Alexander Ullrich (responsible for the fair in 2023).


Stephanie Ihle works in public relations for LISt Gesellschaft für Verkehrswesen und Ingenieurtechnische Dienstleistungen GmbH, a service provider for the Free State of Saxony. She immediately noticed "the pleasant flair of the new location". The company has been represented at the KMV for years in order to present itself as an attractive employer with good conditions and to make contacts with people interested in traffic management and safety. Ihle emphasized that although working for the Free State of Saxony requires a very good knowledge of German, a wide variety of fields of study are suitable. "Civil and traffic engineers are always welcome."

The representatives of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG (Central German Airports AG), Fiona Warmuth, a trainee industrial business management assistant, and Rebecca Linde, who works in HR administration, drew attention to similar requirements for future employees at their company. The company is versatile in all areas and welcomes everyone from commercial apprentices to graduates in traffic engineering.

A wide variety of exhibitors from the air, over land to the water could be won over this year. The Hamburg Port Authority was there as an exhibitor for the first time, represented by Nadine Mikolasch, among others. She and her colleagues were absolutely delighted with the KontaktMesse fair. "Like so many others, we are on the lookout for well-trained specialists, for which a university like TU Dresden with its Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences proves to be an ideal treasure trove." In addition to future jobs, the company also offers internships, working student contracts and the supervision of final theses. At the fair, the company wanted to show its presence and raise its profile as well as network with like-minded people. With regard to future new employees, German language skills as well as passion and enthusiasm for Hamburg, its people and the port are particularly important. Mikolasch emphasized that there are a variety of tasks and subject areas for new employees to take care of: "Water, rail and city want to be taken care of and we offer individual career paths for individual people."

The Hamburger Hochbahn AG (a local transport company of the city of hamburg), which also hails from the Hanseatic city, was once again exhibiting at the carrier fair, represented by Carolin Ritter from HR Marketing, among others: "We appreciate the exciting exchange and the high level of expertise on the subject of transport that can be found here. In addition, the aim is to find interested specialists who would like to participate in a new project on autonomous electric vehicles." The basic requirements for this are the ability to work in a team, motivation, enjoyment and interest. Engineers are always welcome, but a lateral entry is also conceivable, as the company believes that anything can be learned from a technical perspective. "We offer a wide range of job opportunities in various fields," says Carolin Ritter.


However, it was not only German companies that had gathered in the Dülfer Hall on this day. For instance, the public transport company Wiener Linien (Vienna Lines) presented itself from Austria. Mizumo Shima from the recruiting department and Philipp Langer, a former Master's student at the "Friedrich List" Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences and now head of department in the subway department, were, like many others, enthusiastic about the fair. They want to show their presence and find future talent, they said. What's more, the KontaktMesse fair has perfect timing: "Our internships will be advertised in November and December 2023." Philipp Langer remembers the fair as a highlight from his own student days and wanted to bring the otherwise rather local recruiting of Wiener Linien to Dresden. "It was time to think outside the box." For a job at the company, a work permit and good German language skills are important. In addition, technical knowledge in engineering and technology is particularly desirable. But again, "We have a broad range of different areas of work, so there is certainly something for everyone who is interested."

Frequentis, an internationally active Austrian high-tech company that develops air traffic control systems and software for safety authorities, is also based in Vienna. Lisa Schirmbrand from Recruiting and Georg Trausmuth, Head of Internal Research, presented the company at the KMV for the second time. They found it exciting to see how international Dresden's student body is. The company also used the fair to recruit potential junior staff from the ranks of TU Dresden. They attach particular importance to motivation and ambition. "In addition, training in transport technology would ideally be desirable in the field of aviation or rail, as the domain expertise is particularly needed in the company."

A number of Swiss companies also took the opportunity to exhibit at the career fair. TBF + Partner AG, an engineering firm headquartered in Zurich, was represented by Tomasz Zdunek, who works in HR communications and on customer projects, and Daniel Länzlinger, who is both a member of the management team and a project manager. The company was also present for the second time and "enjoyed the almost familiar atmosphere among like-minded people". They were also looking for exciting opportunities to exchange ideas and network with interested parties. To work in the company, motivation, the ability to work in a team and basic human values are particularly important. "Apart from that, we welcome everyone who finds their way to us with an open mind, new ideas and connectable skills." The company is constantly evolving and therefore remains flexible in terms of possible services and locations.

Eva Müller and Luca Valente, who work in recruiting and business development at IKOS Innovation & Technologies, have been exhibiting at the KontaktMesse for many years and once again had a positive impression this year. The fair is simply the ideal place to make contact with people interested in transport and to network. For the internationally active engineering company in the field of railroad technology, it is particularly important to find engineers who are enthusiastic about railroads and interested in sustainable mobility.

Nico Kynast (system engineer) and Leon Fischer (sales engineer) from Siemens Mobility expressed similar views. Interest in mobility solutions as well as in further development and e-technology, but also enthusiasm and the willingness to familiarize themselves with new topics are of great importance for the company's future workforce. The two emphasized that railroad experience is not a prerequisite. Above all, they were here "to find the next generation of skilled workers for our company in our rapidly developing world". At the end of the trade fair, Nico Kynast said: "We can say that it was worth being here again this year."


Melina Herrmann / Red. bearb.

Opening of the career fair

By graduates for future graduates is how Jessica Quander, Chairwoman of the Spätverkehr alumni association, described career fair the KontaktMesse Verkehr at its opening on 7 November 2023. Organising the fair every year alongside work or studies is a huge challenge, she said. "And I'm thrilled every time," said the Chairwoman, thanking association member Alexander Ullrich, who was in charge of the organisation this year. A big thank you also went to the "Friedrich List" Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences Student Council (FSR) for their great support.

In her welcoming address, the Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Regine Gerike, praised the good cooperation between the Faculty, the association and the FSR. "The '3 Days of Transport' every year in November with the career fair, Faculty Day and ball are a joint effort. We can be very proud of this." At the same time, she thanked the companies for their participation in the fair and the appreciation they have shown for students and academic education at TU Dresden.

New record in 2023:


exhibitors at the career fair