From lathe operator to supervisor
As a vocational college graduate, I had spent years doing various jobs in the plastics industry and was looking for a change. Friends told me that Premetec was recruiting, and I was hired as a CNC lathe operator. At first it was challenging, since I had no experience in the industry, but I’m a quick learner and was given a thorough induction. Machining is light and clean indoor work, involving the adjustment and operation of machines. The challenging issue is to resolve how to precisely machine a piece in line with drawings.
Career progress within the company
After just three years, my employer asked me if I would be interested in working as a supervisor. Since I like variety and challenges, I took the opportunity. Flexibility has always been the best aspect of my work. As a supervisor, I am directly in charge of production, monitor the precision loading of machinery, and take care of logistics i.e. the receipt and shipment of goods. I am also considering starting a course at a university of applied sciences outside working hours.
A shared sense of humour
I moved to Outokumpu for my work, and I’ve settled in well. As a father of four, I spend most of my free time with my family. My hobby involves all sorts of bustling around at home, building and renovating. I also enjoy the occasional sauna evening with friends. We share a similar kind of humour. We all laugh at our corny jokes.
– Joni Keinänen, Supervisor
Procedure designer hooked on machining
I was supposed to become an electrician, but I saw an old CNC lathe at vocational college, and my career plans changed there and then. I applied for a machining course. I’ve been working as a procedure designer for around 15 years. I joined Premetec a couple of years ago, when I was seeking new challenges. A friend hinted that a growing company was looking for designers. I had to learn the job very quickly, but I didn’t need to get off to a flying start alone.
Time to focus on the essential
Our owner is the best aspect about work here. He has a good understanding of how a workshop is run. I feel qualified to say that, having seen worse examples. I’ve also been better able to use my skills at Premetec, since I don’t need to focus on non-essential issues. Processes and responsibilities are clear. As a procedure designer, I have to understand how the desired piece is made, I obtain the required cutting tools, create programs for the machines and provide mental support for the machinists.
Carpooling from Joensuu
I live in Joensuu, 45 km from my work. Luckily, there is a good road and the journey goes by quickly in the company of colleagues. As a counterbalance to work, I engage in sports and go scuba diving in the summer. I have to spend a lot of my spare time with my family, but I still want to develop and progress with my career. Premetec has fulfilled these needs well. I have held preliminary discussions with my supervisor about further training. Here, I feel that everyone’s contribution is appreciated and I can have an impact. That’s important.
– Janne Lappalainen, Procedure Designer
Only reliable service and flawless quality is what our customers deserve. That is the basis on which we build our customer relationships. Day in and day out, we manufacture products for customers big and small, without compromising in quality – always carefully observing and considering the special needs and current requirements of their industry sectors.
Maintaining a long-term career
Our company is only as strong as our staff is. For this reason, we invest heavily in occupational wellbeing and competence development, and in ensuring a well-functioning working environment. Around 40 metal industry and industrial design experts currently work at the strongly growing Premetec family.