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Summer at Connecting Rod Factory

Jan 25, 2017
<p>I started my first summer at W&auml;rtsil&auml; in May 2015 as a Supervisor trainee at Connecting Rod Factory. &nbsp;It was a very confusing feeling when they called me and told me I got the job. I was so excited and happy, but also very afraid about how I would manage, because I had absolutely no experience of working at W&auml;rtsil&auml;, or of the work I was going to do. </p> <p>At first I got to know the basics, and worked first week with machinists and assemblers going through all the work stages. Next week when I started I threw my overalls away and started to learn programs like SAP and QDMS, and learned to understand basics of production management. I remember thinking I&rsquo;m never going to get this, there is so much stuff I had to learn and remember, and every day was completely different. But with patience and understanding from coworkers, and mainly of course with help from the supervisor who I was going to substitute, things finally started to make sense.&nbsp; Of course, at first I needed to write like thousand notes to myself just to get through one day, but still. </p> <p>Then, when other office workers got back to work, and the most stressful month in my life was behind me, our development engineer started to teach me 3D-modelling when we had time. He gave me some of his real work to practice, and some of those (first models I have ever made) were manufactured and put in use. I also continued to work there as a part-time trainee after the summer. </p> <p>When a year later they called me again and asked if I wanted to come in for a second summer, my answer was &ldquo;of course&rdquo;. Work environment was great, everyone helped me more than enough, and people were very supporting even when I made mistakes.</p> <p>I strongly recommend W&auml;rtsil&auml; based on my own experiences, so apply now!</p> <p>-Tiiu</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="" data-displaymode="Original" alt="Summer Power - tiiu - image" title="Summer Power - tiiu - image" /><br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> </p>
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