How to become a heat transfer expert
Electrical heat transfer mechanic Mikko Anttila found his way to Bilfinger the usual way: a friend knew the company and tipped Mikko off: there might very well be work for a young mechanic willing and able to learn. This isn’t the first time someone has found Bilfinger through the grapevine. Many times, a person’s former colleague, friend or relative has been on the company pay roll or he or she has learned about Bilfinger through informal channels.
“I’ve studied electrical engineering on a vocational school level and ever since I was a small boy, I would go with my father when he did jobs for an electrical installation company. That had a significant impact on my choice of career, though at one point I thought it’d be interesting to work at sea”, Mikko says, looking back.
The 29-year old mechanic has been in the working life all the way from 2006. After completing his military service, he worked for a renowned old family business Are Oy, which specialises in building technique. He also has experience on land construction: at around 2010, Mikko worked as an excavator operator.
Before starting at Bilfinger, Mikko carried out basic electrical installations in shops, hospitals and office buildings.
“At Bilfinger my job description changed completely. Now I work with electrical heat transfer installations for demanding specialised facilities. In Finland there is no ready-made training for this, so the necessary competence comes about by practice and on-the-job-learning. In crude oil refining, the process components and their size class are quite different from those in everyday inside installations”, says Mikko, whose place of work is usually at the Kilpilahti industrial area and the Neste and Borealis refineries located there.
Mikko says that as a company Bilfinger is big, safe and secure.
“I enjoy working outdoors and also the fact that my work has a certain permanence: the project sites are all in the industrial area. Electrical installation work can also mean being on the road and doing one-off installations and there is seldom any permanent home base.”
“Also, I value Bilfinger’s corporate culture, which nurtures independent decision-making. The work gets done without anyone checking up on it or the person doing it. At Bilfinger’s Porvoo Electrical Services the rule is that heat transfer installations are carried out – owing to occupational safety issues – in work pairs or as team work.”
At the moment, Mikko is in the middle of further training. Within the next two years, he will complete a further vocational qualification in technology, which he took up in the beginning of 2015.
“Bilfinger offered me an opportunity to study alongside work, and in practice studies are part of my salaried work. In terms of my career, the training will open up opportunities in for example supervisory positions.”
Also, Bilfinger offers and encourages expatriate posts.
“We’ll see what the future brings!”