Weltraumraketen und Marshmallows

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What drives Senior Consultant Cayd Otten

For take-off: space rockets and marshmallows

Cayd Otten, Senior Consultant, AUCOTEC AG

Cayd Otten (43) has taken a liking to the higher spheres. After serving in the German Armed Forces as a paratrooper, the graduate industrial engineer began his professional career at Lufthansa Technik. After that, he was involved in Airbus project management, among other things, in wiring harness production for the wings of the A 350. This led the Wilhelmshaven native with East Frisian and American roots first to Bristol in the UK, then to Bremen and Hamburg. Hanover and AUCOTEC have been his home since 2012, where he has both feet firmly on the ground. Here, too, his focus was on harnesses from the very beginning.

In application consulting, i.e. the technical service for AUCOTEC's software products, Cayd Otten is a sought-after expert on this topic, and by no means only in the aviation sector. "Over the years, I have managed or accompanied projects in almost all AUCOTEC sectors," says Otten. And that is exactly what he believes makes working at AUCOTEC something special. "Where else do you come into contact with cars, agricultural machinery, satellites, space rockets, submarines, cruise ships, power plants or chemical companies? – And the list should be much longer," beams the cable expert, who now also serves customers such as Haldor Topsoe and Voith in the field of large-scale plant engineering. You believe his enthusiasm immediately and without reservation. He sees the fact that his projects take him all over the world as another plus for his job.

Cayd Otten's cosmopolitanism is also evident in his private life, where his focus is entirely on his family. He and his wife speak only Spanish and English with their two children (4 and 7 years old). "They already speak German in kindergarten, at school and with their friends," says Otten, who is pleased with how naturally the two manage.

Despite – or perhaps because of – this openness, the service professional attaches great importance to his own patch of earth. "I especially like to be in my garden, barbecuing thick steaks or sitting around the campfire with my wife and kids, my guitar and marshmallows." –If that doesn't inspire you ...