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SANTERI GRUNDSTRÖM

Production MANAGER, TURKU

I started my studies at Turku Vocational School in 2008 and graduated as a CNC machinist in 2011. Shortly before graduating Stera was looking for a metal work student who would be interested in tool production and my teacher contacted me. At the time, I was 19 years young student and interested in machining and all technology related work, so I saw this as a perfect opportunity to jump straight from school to work. Along with school, I had worked as a sheet metal welder in a metal workshop, but that did not meet my education and I also wanted new challenges that would allow me to use my skills better. At first, I got a summer job here as a manual machinist. In a few months I got a permanent job where I still work and where I go every morning with a smile on my face.

 
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I did manual and CNC machining work and tool maintenance for about a year, and at the same time some work maintenance and machine transfers. At that time, I also implemented one punching machine transfer and as a result I operated this machine for a couple of years. This gave me a lot of work experience.

In 2013, I was given the opportunity to jump into a major automotive project involving jig production and robot implementation, as well as programming. This was perhaps the most decisive milestone in my career. New devices were implemented and several product ramp ups were performed. Soon I realized that I was responsible for programming robots and coordinating robot maintenance. Larger projects also required more programming skills and maintenance resources, so I was able to train new employees and share my experience with them. Nowadays these employees work under me in the maintenance and automation team and they are doing a great job.

In 2015, I decided to start studying mechanical and production engineering at Turku University of Applied Sciences. Along with the studies, I took on the role of team leader, and as a result, I was appointed Project Manager at the Turku factory, being in charge of new automation and maintenance projects in 2017-2018. I graduated as engineer in the spring 2019 and after that, even before my current position, I had time to work for a few years as a Development Manager at the Turku factory. I was responsible for the maintenance of the factory and other production development projects of the units.

 Since 2021, I have worked as Production Manager in Turku and I am a member of the management team of the Turku factory. I am fully responsible for the production of the Turku factory and I work as the supervisor of production planner and factor work supervisors. My varying working days include e.g. human resource management, production resourcing and development, and property and equipment maintenance. The job description is meaningful and there is plenty of work to be done!  The positive thing is that every day is different and challenging.You need to tolerate pressure, be determined and be effective organizer in order to handle this work - but that's what I like.

 

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