Wood working12.10.2018

“Amazing people to work with!” – nearly 70 summer employees toiled away at Koskisen this year

There is a major need for fireguards in the summer, as maintenance work and hotwork are performed at the mills, and they require monitoring.

There is a major need for fireguards in the summer, as maintenance work and hotwork are performed at the mills, and they require monitoring.

Summer is naturally a time to take a breather from work, in the form of summer holidays. Not everyone takes a break, however, as many students launch their careers in summer jobs, learning the secrets of a trade. Every year, Koskisen hires dozens of summer workers for various tasks. The greatest need for summer employees is in fire-watch work, as the mills begin planned shutdowns and launch full maintenance and repair work.

Summer workers performing fire-watch duties can be under 18, whereas for safety reasons, those working in production must be over 18. Many of Koskisen’s fire watchmen are already experienced “veterans”, including Marina, who performed fire-watch duties this summer for the fourth time. She describes the work as relaxed. “I enjoy coming to work; it’s a good opportunity to make new friends and also see familiar faces. There is a great team spirit here,” she says.

The work of a fire watchman is not physically strenuous and requires no special competence. The right attitude is important, however, as the environment and hotwork must be monitored at all times.   

Summer employee Eero sawing panels at Koskisen’s prefabricated house factory in Vierumäki.

Summer employee Eero sawing panels at Koskisen’s prefabricated house factory in Vierumäki. 

Hands-on learning for forest industry students

In addition to fire watchmen, Koskisen also employs dozens of forest industry students in production. For wood technology students in particular, production work is a good introduction to the industry and practical aspects before moving on expert tasks.

Koskisen’s prefabricated house factory in Vierumäki and roof truss factory in Järvelä employ the most summer production workers; last summer, they employed some twenty summer workers to ensure production also during the summer holidays.

One of Koskisen’s summer employees at the prefabricated house factory was Eero, who has now spent two summers working at Koskisen. Eero is in his third year of wood technology studies at Lahti University of Applied Sciences, so the wood industry is familiar to him.  His summer work mainly involved framing, but he is also familiar with the sawing of panels.

“The days are more relaxed compared to my previous summer jobs. The people here are nice and there’s a good team spirit. I would recommend the wood industry to others, too. For a student, working in production in your field of studies is a good option, as you also earn credits. In the future, I can see myself working, say, as a foreman,” says Eero.

Riikka’s summer job at the planing mill included sorting the planed products and quality control.

Riikka’s summer job at the planing mill included sorting the planed products and quality control. 

Good to keep an open mind

This year, work in both expert tasks and production were offered at Koskisen’s Sawn Timber Industry unit in Järvelä. Riikka, who hails from the area, learned the ins and outs of production work at the sawmill’s planing mill. “I had been looking for summer work well in advance, as I wanted to find work in my municipality of Kärkölä. Having worked in the cafeteria of the plywood mill the previous summer, Koskisen was already familiar to me,” she recounts.

Riikka’s work at the planing mill included, for instance, sorting and quality control. She has nice things to say about both the work and the team at the mill. “I’ve really enjoyed working here. We have an amazing team and I look forward to coming to work – that’s really the most important thing. And the foremen are super!”

Riikka has a few tips for those who find work at Koskisen next summer: “Stay curious and keep an open mind. The work is surprisingly interesting.”