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!


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:

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