Constructing complex infrastructure
According to Supervisor Janne Salmenoja, the keys to success at infrastructure construction sites are a good team spirit and clear targets.
Name, title and age?
Janne Salmenoja, Supervisor, earthworks and concrete construction, 30 years.
What kind of training and education do you have?
I hold the degree of Bachelor of Engineering (University of Applied Sciences). My major was infrastructure construction, with concrete technology as the minor subject.
How did you end up in your position?
Since my first year at the University of Applied Sciences, I worked alongside my studies. The first couple of years I worked in the Helsinki metropolitan area, mainly focusing on interior construction work in bedrock facilities. My job titles have included Supervisor Trainee, Concrete Work Supervisor and Site Manager.
I have now worked roughly 18 months for Lemminkäinen. At the moment, I work as a Supervisor in Seinäjoki and am responsible for earthworks and concrete construction in the Ostrobothnia region. Our current projects include, for instance, the parking facility underneath the Seinäjoki central square, the auxiliary machine at the Stadsfors hydropower plant and the EPO bridge repair contract.
What is your typical working day like?
My working days vary a lot. A typical working week consists of meetings, negotiations, construction site visits and conventional office work.
What do you like most about your job?
I particularly enjoy leading people. In my job, I have been able to build my own organisation nearly from scratch. It is important to me that our construction sites have a good team spirit and we discuss and plan things together.
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
Even though I like leading people, it is not always easy. Well-functioning organisations are so much more than just names and titles. Situations change for various reasons and you must be capable of reacting quickly.
What kind of a person achieves success in your position?
In my work, it is important to see the big picture and to understand the target that we are trying to achieve. With clear targets, it is easier to find means to reach them. It is important to understand that no one achieves anything alone; instead, the input from the entire organisation is needed for reaching the targets.