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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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