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

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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