A snippet for the day

Remember me from last year? I’m back but this time just to mentor our new team of summer trainees blogging their way to your hearts. They are doing brilliant job, aren’t they?

Actually I’m now here just to give a snippet of what will follow in our blog. There will actually be a post coming from my pen, answering to a question that many summer trainee will carry in their heart when their contract is coming to an end:

What now?

One alternative is, as it did to myself, to get permanently employed by Metso. And I am not alone. One of the most common ways to be permanently employed by Metso is to share few (or many, as Pentti has done) summers in various positions – to really showcase your talent and make a point of yourself to be kept in the house. It is a win-win situation, if you want to stay, too 😉

There will be couple of interviews and insights of what has happened since the interviewees last summer traineeship. I think you may even recognize some of the persons interviewed. I am extremely proud to present one summer trainee from many years back that is now a…. Well, maybe I won’t share more as it would ruin my post 😉

Stay tuned as our bloggers are not even near to an end with their ideas of posts. But do leave a comment, if there is something that you would like to hear of. We can always try to squeeze it in somewhere.

Until the next time,

Tume

A way to not lose it

WHEN I started working here I was very lost. I was enthusiastic and happy, sure, but so lost on the methods of product development. Knowing full well that I hadn’t done anything PD-related during my studies, I was confident that a good attitude and lots of hard work would get me to the fame, wealth and success I’d set as my goals. Working alongside an industrial designer would also be a new, exciting and yet very challenging opportunity, but I’m so social that of course we would get along well and be efficient, bold and beautiful as a team, right?

Lost in R&D

WELL, as an engineering student I’ve solved mathematical problems pretty much all my life. Strict mathematical rules, unambiguously correct answers and cold logic, that’s what I’m good at. However, when getting started on a product development project and in order to create something scientific you have to do things that, at least for me, seem quite unscientific.

“So”, I thought to myself, “where should I start?” Studying, of course! What I wanted to do was fill my head with knowledge on paper manufacturing, since I had to, naturally, possess a far above-average level of expertise on a process before trying to alter it in any way.

Beep! Wrong! You’re supposed to let your thoughts flow out freely, even with minimal to no knowledge on the subject, silly! In all of the few PD-related workshops I’ve attended, the main point has been not to get too caught up in details, at least not in the beginning. It’s also important not to grab on to the first good idea that comes up, since it’s possible you’d have a dozen better ones still on their way.

Of course we would be efficient, bold and beautiful as a team, right?

WHAT ABOUT teamwork, then? My CV says I can work with all kinds of people, so that’s obviously what I do. Just throw in a nice joke every now and then and it’ll be great.

Beeep! Wroong! Even being positive, energetic and extrovert won’t work on everyone, and they might even see it as threatening behavior. On top of that, the stereotypical Finn might think that you’re fake.

Whether the topic is good or bad, the ability to communicate with each other is key practically everywhere. Taking work-related issues personally, getting offended and all that, is just nonsense, and yet it can still happen way too easily. I believe the last time I was, without justification, annoyed by my partner proposing a different approach on something was this morning! Though I’ve improved on many aspects here, I’m still thinking of revising that phrase I have in my CV. But don’t get me wrong – I feel like I can and want to work with all kinds of people, but now I also know that in some cases it ain’t gonna be a walk in the park.

Even being positive, energetic and extrovert won’t work on everyone.

I’VE HONESTLY got a bit of a feeling that I was caught somewhat off-guard this summer. As a man of no clichés I can’t say that it has been an irreplaceable lesson for me, but I’ll say this: it’s better to be confused as a summer trainee, since it’s much more difficult to make things crash, explode and burn now, than it might be later on.

And of course, making errors and being confused is, dear reader, an excellent way of educating oneself.

Bonjour France et bonjour les vacances!

Last time I wrote I was ready fly off to France for little summer holiday. Actually I was not going to Rennes just for fun – I had to go there to make the last exam for my University. However, as my exam was on Thursday I couldn’t make it back on time for work on Friday, which meant I had a chance to have a little holiday in Rennes. Could be worse, eh?

Opera house in the center of Rennes and the nasty clouds behind

Rennes is known for clouds and rainy, cold weather which makes the buildings of the city look even more grey than they actually are. First two days I did not have to bother of removing my summer dresses from the bag, or really even change the outfit as I only took one pair of jeans and one long-sleeved along with bunch of summer clothes. It felt like proper autumn over there, until on Friday the sun came out and by Saturday afternoon I had already burn my face and got ugly tan lines from my top. Tourist!

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Band training during the day

Jamming during the night

The timing could not been any better. For the whole week-end there were a music event going on in the center, more precisely in front of the city hall of Rennes. The event was called “Boîte de rue” and have to say it has been one of the best random concerts I ever been. The group included nine musicians including a DJ and two dancers, who made sure the audience did not get bored. Not that it would have happen anyway- the electronic music combined with live brass music made people jamming whole 2 hours that they played. I loved the atmosphere; people from every age group were present and everyone was in a good mood just enjoying the beat and the fairly warm summer night.

One of the best things in Rennes is the Saturday morning market – it is a food heaven! We bought some fresh fruits, cheese, sausage and bread from the market and went to a nearby terrace to have a picnic with a pint of local apple cider. As the weather was super warm, we went for a little road trip and spend rest of the day on the beach. Now when I am sitting in the office writing and thinking of all the people on their summer holidays, it makes me happy to realize I had my chance to relax and enjoy the best things what summer can offer.

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When I watch these photos…. I miss France!!

I do think a little holiday once in a while is good for everyone – is it a week-end, a week or 4 weeks doesn’t really matter as long as you feel it was what you were looking for. Sometimes it is enough to go to see your friend in a next city and sometimes you want to fly miles away from you normal environment. However you like it, I hope you have a chance to make it during or after the summer!

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Beach, beach baby!

Jenni Falck
Summer trainee
Automation Marketing

It has been really fun

Just like all other wonderful times that pass so quickly, we are now approaching the end of summer in Finland. Yet for me this marks an exciting starting point as I recently finished my traineeship in Metso and started working as a full-time business analyst in Metso Group Strategy at Helsinki headquarter.

I first joined Metso as a trainee in Group Strategy in October 2012. With a degree in energy management & economics, as well as a degree in finance, I like working on a mix of everything, exploring “terra incognita” and constantly challenging myself. Also for me nothing is more enjoyable when I can discover all the excitement by working in an energetic, mutual-supporting and (perhaps most importantly) fun team.

So after all, what do I do in my work, how this summer has been for me and what is the best thing so far I’ve found about working in Metso? Without revealing more, I’ll let you to find answer to these questions in this video clip. It’s has been difficult to squeeze all the excitement and fun into a short video, so if you would like to know more, I encourage you to leave your comments or better still, apply to Metso and become one of us!

Manchester of the North

I´m going to tell you a secret. Or maybe a cluster of secrets. I´m going to unveil something about Finland which is not commonly known from an international perspective. It has something to do with the small size of our nation and our ´outbackish´ Northern European location. Maybe this has something to do with the fact that sometimes people from all around the world are not that familiar with Finland. They sure know that the Finnish capital is Helsinki (right?). Now I´m coming to my little secret. Here it goes: there is another city in Finland which may just be as tempting as our capital and is surely claiming ´The Most Awesome City of Finland´ -title. It has the beat of a big city but the benefits of a small village. It´s in between two big lakes, people there talk with an epic dialect, it´s a hockey town like no other and the local delicatesse is a blood sausage covered with lingonberry jam. This city is called Tampere. (And if you ask me it just freakin´ rocks!)

Tampere was founded in 1775 and first it was just a market place in the poor rural area. Tampere began to develop in the 19th century when as a part of the industrial revolution the city began to play a major role as an industrial center of Finland. Tammerkoski channel, which crosses the city center, provided sufficient power for the factories which were built on the banks of the channel. And so it happened that in the mid 1800´s Tampere had almost the half of Finland´s industrial labour which has left a strong labour and industrial culture for the city. They even started to call Tampere as´Manchester of the North´ because of the similarities with the UK´s industrialised Manchester. In Tampere textile manufacturing was the state-of-the-art and main industry at the beginning but during the decades industries developed towards common metal industry and other. In these days Tampere is also known of its information technology and telecommunication industry.

Metso is a big part of the city and its colorful history. Metso Group has multiple posts in and outside the city but there is one undeniable and legendary site which is just a walking distance from the Tammerkoski channel (and all the other neat places). That place is called ´Lokomo´ and it´s an industry site for Metso Minerals at Hatanpää neighborhood. It is place where history and tradition meet the modern engineering skills. Back in the days Lokomo was actually a corporation, founded in 1915, and it manufactured trains (locomotives). Nowadays Metso Minerals is occupying the old Lokomo site but at the main gate you can still see an old train as a reminder of the old days.

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Did you know that Tampere has been continuously voted as ´The Best Place To Live in Finland´? And if we take a look at international news about Finland, such as the Best Country in the World for Mothers and the Best Country in the World, you could say that Tampere might just be one of the best places to live on earth! Is it because the city has somewhat 35 000 students of its 218 000 inhabitants which makes the city vibrant or is it because Tampere has the perfect location with nature and outdoor spots at your doorstep? Maybe it´s because of 80´s rock´n roll ages when there was a huge boom in Finnish rock culture, especially in Tampere where they created this strange and mystic ´ManseRock´ hype with mullets, leather jackets and white sneakers.

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Upper reaches at Tammerkoski channel and the sunset by the lake Näsijärvi

When visiting Finland, travelers, backpackers, tourists, businessmen and women are quite often spending their summer days in Helsinki, our beautiful capital. But take caution! You just might miss the Pearl of the Inland, imposing, loose and laid-back Tampere.

Jaakko Vuorio

Summer Trainee and ´Manse freak´.

Tampere, Finland

Pentti’s 11th (and last) summer at Metso

Hello hello! I’m Pentti Itkonen and also a summer intern here at Metso! It’s great to be part of our enthusiastic group of bloggers. In this blog I’ll introduce myself and my tasks this summer. I also just heard that we got two more bloggers to our group, can’t wait to read about their experiences as well! But let’s get started with my adventures at Metso.

Believe it or not, this is my 11th summer at Metso Automation in Vantaa. So my summers have been full of valves, actuators and manufacturing challenges for quite some time already. As fifteen-year-old I started as an assembly trainee and gradually moved on to more challenging tasks, such as quality testing and development projects. For three summers now I’ve been working as a summer supervisor and production planner for the factory. This is also my last summer as an intern; I’ll graduate soon so I will be looking for a permanent position somewhere then. It’s a bit sad because I’ve had such a good time here, but I guess it’s time to move on since my nickname at the factory is the “eternal trainee” 😀

I’m really thankful for Metso for always providing me with more challenging positions as my skills have developed. The normal day of a supervisor consists of problem solving with the workers, meetings with the management and some more problem solving. 😀 As the Metso products are always designed and manufactured for a certain customer requirements it means that plenty of professional co-operation is needed.

This is what certainly makes my summer job so interesting! I get to solve the problems with machining, warehouse, logistics, paint shop, customers, quality staff, design engineers, production planners and R&D resources. The amount of new information is just overwhelming, but certainly in a good way!

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Me and a 36″ ball valve.

I thought a picture would give a good idea what I’m doing this summer. The picture shows me and a 36″ intelligent ball valve with an actuator, valve controller, specific instrumentation and some tuning equipment. The grid structure inside the valve is an attenuator design to further control the flow in process. Everything is optimized for the customer to reach the best possible material and energy efficiency.

The finished combination will be shipped to Saudi-Arabia to an oil refinery in Shaybah-area which is known for its extreme hot temperatures and sand storms, so the quality and design of the installation must be top of the world. It’s a good example how exciting projects we have here and as summer trainee here I get to work with world class solutions with Metso professionals every day!

After the summer I’ll start a different kind of adventure as an Energy Ambassador. I think my valuable experience at Metso eventually helped me get to position. Energy Ambassador will travel around the world in September-October and report about the latest happenings in the Finnish energy- and cleantech industry. If you’re interested you can follow the adventure here: http://energialahettilas.fi/en/

Anyway, after that trip I’ll probably find myself back in Metso again. The simple reason is that I’ve always had the nicest, most helpful people to work with it and it just feels great to be a part of such an inspirational and productive community. Another good thing is the variety of tasks inside Metso’s several offices and branches. I’m sure that in the future I can work my career in Metso to the direction I feel is the best for me.

That’s all for this time! I sort of just let my mind flow to the “paper” here. I hope you got some kind of picture of me and what I do. I’ll write more later this summer about my feelings and experiences so don’t go anywhere! All the other bloggers are here to entertain you too!

Have a nice weekend everyone and enjoy the sun!!

Pentti Itkonen
Supervisor/Production Planner Trainee
Heavy Stream Assembly
Metso Automation Valve Technology Center in Vantaa

Me, Metso and grandma style bike

I hope you all had a great midsummer time and you have enjoyed boy’s blogs last week – I have to say yes to both! Now it is my time present myself and tell you little bit more how I have ended up working at Metso.
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Midsummer landscape

My story with Metso started two years ago, when I worked in HR recruiting team for 4 months. After 2 years of studying in Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, I really wanted to find a summer job near Helsinki and do something which is relevant to my previous studies. Working as an assistant in HR was a great experience and when after 4 months I left to France to do my exchange year, I hoped I would find myself at Metso again one day.

That day became two months ago, when I just got back from Mexico where I did my internship and worked for while (and enjoyed the beach and the surf, of course). I got a job for a month in HR and luckily after that I was offered to continue additional 3 months in my current position. I consider myself lucky as I have had a great chance to see the both side of Metso, the organisational administrative side, as well as the real business side. This has given me a better understanding of the whole business and have kept me busy of understanding the big picture.

So what I’m really doing now? My days are filled with different tasks dealing with social media and communication. In addition I am taking care of the commercial and technical brochures which has to be sent all over the world with the actual goods that we produce. Even though I really like my job, the best thing in working at Metso are definitely the people around you. For a summer trainee (or at least to me) it is important that you know you are not alone and no matter even “your people” are out on summer holidays, there is always someone ready to help you and give you an advice if you need it. Team work peeps, team work!

Outside of the work wonderland, I occupy my time by working on my thesis (not doing too well with it..) and just enjoying the Finnish summer with my friends (..and this is the reason why.). Also after many years of walking and “bussing” around, I have found biking again and I’m stoked how much fun it is. I have been able to discover whole new side of Helsinki with my old grandma-style bike which still rides pretty fast (for grandma’s at least..) and definitely rocks with the style. The feeling what I get in the morning after I have biked to work at 8 am is probably something similar to what people get after biking the Tour de France. Generally I’m not a morning person, you see. 😉
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Ladybird and I on a bike

Well, so this is a short insight of me and my experiences in Metso. I’ll be writing soon again, next time it will be about my trip to France to where I am actually heading right about now. Take care and have a nice week on or off work 😀

A bientôt,
Jenni Falck
Summer Trainee
Automation Marketing