A multi-skilled project engineer in building construction

Ina started her career at Lemminkäinen as a production engineer. Her supervisor suggested more responsibility, and Ina is now working as a project engineer.

Name, title and jobIna Aittanen

Ina Aittanen
Project Engineer (production)
Lemminkäinen Talo Oy, Helsinki

What is your educational background?

I have a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Technology and Transport from JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Jyväskylä.

How did you become a project engineer at Lemminkäinen?

I applied for a job at Lemminkäinen, as it seemed like a good employer with a diverse range of job and career development opportunities, being a large company.

I got through to the job interview and was offered a position. I started here as a production engineer. I was offered my current job after a career development discussion with my supervisor, who suggested some changes and new challenges. As a project engineer, I’m responsible for procurement in construction projects in addition to the duties of a production engineer.

What is your typical workday like?

Each day is different. My tasks are related to procurement and its preparation for the construction site, including:

  • Preparing requests for bids
  • Reviewing construction site plans
  • Being in contact with designers and prospective suppliers and contractors as necessary
  • Participating in contract negotiations, preparing contract documents and placing orders.

In addition, I’m responsible for the duties of a production engineer:

  • Preparing monthly site and cost reports
  • Attending to day-to-day business and ensuring that the site office is in order
  • Monitoring production progress in terms of schedules and costs
  • Preparing minutes of most meetings and ensuring that other necessary documents are completed.

What do you like most about your job?

The variation and diverse range of tasks. I also like that I can work independently but in cooperation with other project parties.

What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

The variety is also the most challenging aspect. I have to continuously learn new things alongside my work. Prioritisation is important. As no one can remember everything, I keep a list of my duties.

What does it take to be successful in your job?

You have to be meticulous and show initiative. You also need to get along with different types of people.