Tell us a bit about yourself

I’m Simo, an engineer of automation technology (B. Eng.). I’ve been working at Protacon since 2012. When I joined the company, I started out as a junior designer in Jyväskylä, but I now work as a designer and a project manager at our Tampere office.

What does a Design Engineer do at Protacon?

The work of a Design Engineer is project-based PLC design. The goal is to create a comprehensive whole together with the electrical design, which would steer the client’s processes, e.g. adjusting ventilation automatically, according to the temperature. We have had clients from the paper industry, the ship industry and construction automation. Being a project manager means that I have the overall responsibility for the projects. It’s my responsibility to assign tasks for everyone, to supervise the progress of the electrical and mechanical designers, for example, as well as to monitor that the works will be completed within the allotted time.

How did you end up in your current job?

In spring 2012, I was close to graduation while Protacon was looking for automation engineers in Jyväskylä, and I decided to apply for the job. During the intermediate stages of the application process, they tested the applicants’ logical reasoning, mathematical thinking, and pseudocode writing skills. I was accepted into Protacon, and I started with my first project: the modernisation of the electric drives of the icebreaker Urho. At Protacon, I really like how varied the work is: the projects can last anywhere between 1 month – 1 year.

How do you recover from work?

I recover from work by relaxing on the couch and watching TV. I try to keep my work and free time separate; when I’m at work, I fully focus on work, and my time off is dedicated to my family. I go on a lot of international business trips, as the commissions usually take place abroad, but I still like travelling during my time off as well. As far as exercise is concerned, I like to go jogging every now and then, and I sometimes also lift weights at the gym.