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Career path – Hannu Virta

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Pinja enables versatility

My job title in my business card is Lead Engineer, but I consider myself a project manager. I also hold the Office Coordinator position at Pinja's Vaasa office; this means that I take care of practical things at the office, such as sufficiency of consumables, and serve as the right-hand man of my boss.

My main area of responsibility is to ensure successful completion of different projects; my duties are versatile. I solve issues arising in engineering design together with design engineers and assist sales in quotation calculation and technical specifications. I have the possibility to interact with people and I feel that I can use my strengths.

I feel that we are developing in a better direction as a workplace in many areas. For example, when I worked as a coding engineer, I had the opportunity to create generalizable solutions so that everyone doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel.

The best thing in my job is the possibility for self-actualization in accordance with your abilities.


My career path

Achievements to date

Getting familiar with electrical engineering worksites

After graduating as an electrician from the Northern Central Finland Vocational College (POKE), I worked in a warehouse and performed industrial electrical installations. This was useful for later times, as I learnt to know electrical supplies and materials and operating procedures of electrical installation worksites.

Perspective from the process coordinator job

I was employed as a process coordinator at Äänekoski Valio, a dairy products manufacturer specialized in the manufacture of feta and blue cheese. I think it is important that I have experience in process work and can see the employee point of view. After this, I had another job as a process coordinator at Laihian Mallas, a malt product manufacturer. I saw how a control room is operated and what kind of problems are faced in the process industry.

Back to school to be an electrician

I started to study mechanical engineering at the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences but then changed to electrical engineering. Beside my studies, I carried out electrical installations at KHS-Sähkö getting familiar with electrical drawings. Later on, I was employed by Flexipack as engineer and electrician and created my first PLC programs there.

Engineer's job at Pinja

I saw Pinja’s job advertisement on the Mol.fi website and decided to test what happens when applying for a real engineering job. I got the job and was first involved in industrial automation, startups, troubleshooting and coding.

Taking control of project manager duties

Project management tasks were transferred to me. First, I had to perform both old and new duties, but now I have no longer time for PLC coding and planning. At the same time, the Office Coordinator position was established at the Vaasa office, which I am holding now. It involves the responsibility for daily facilities, so I am in a way a janitor, too.

Challenging yourself at school

I don’t know yet what I will be when I grow up. I like to challenge myself outside of my comfort zone. Now, I am studying alongside work in the degree program of Technology Competence Management at the Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences.

As a coding engineer, I have had the opportunity to create generalizable solutions so that everyone doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel.

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