Project manager in rock engineering

As a project manager at Lemminkäinen, Harri sees the results of his work from beginning to end. His work is varied and mobile. He has also worked for Lemminkäinen abroad.

Name, title and jobHarri Vehola

Harri Vehola
Project Manager
Infra projects, rock engineering, Finland
49 years

What is your educational background?

I graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from the Lappeenranta Institute of Technology in 1991. In addition, I’m a certified senior shot-firer.

How did you become a project manager at Lemminkäinen?

I applied for a position with Lemminkäinen based on a job advertisement. I was selected and joined the company in April 1995. My first project was a tunnel project, in which I served as a shift manager. Since then, I have worked on projects in Finland, Sweden and Norway.

My job titles have included:

  • Supervisor
  • Site Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Site Manager
  • Project Manager

What is your typical workday like?

My tasks during the day include:

  • Supervising production based on daily, weekly and monthly schedules
  • Procuring and preparing subcontracting agreements
  • Allocating fleet and employees to operations
  • Processing quality and environmental issues
  • Starting projects, ensuring production and ending projects on schedule
  • Monitoring and reporting costs.

What do you like most about your job?

The variation in various stages of production. I’m involved in all stages, from excavation to the final product, in projects such as the Rantaväylä tunnel in Tampere, where the excavation and reinforcement work have now been completed and other construction is in progress: earthworks, installation of prefabricated elements, insulation and electrical work. Lemminkäinen has motivated, highly professional employees and a good work atmosphere.

What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

Excavation in the middle of a residential area, tight schedules and logistics in the middle of a city and through narrow tunnels, and also changing rock conditions, which always include an element of surprise.

What does it take to be successful in your job?

Expertise in several fields and a commitment to completing assigned tasks. You have to ensure that projects are completed conscientiously, on schedule and within budget, without compromising quality. Sometimes you also need to be flexible in terms of your working hours. The employer needs to be flexible as well. You must also be willing to spend the weekdays away from home.