The problem solver learns new things constantly

Continuous learning is extremely important for succeeding as a Project Engineer with complex projects, Niko says. Summer job at Lemminkäinen was a way to his current position.  

Name, title, tasks and ageNiko Siltanen

Niko Siltanen
Project Engineer
Infra projects, Finland
25 years

What is your educational background?

I graduated with a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from Tampere University of Technology in May 2016.

How did you become a project engineer at Lemminkäinen?

I started studying in the Industrial Engineering and Management programme because, when entering the university, I did not exactly know what I wanted to do for a living.  Studies at the university prepared me for many different circumstances, regardless of the business sector in question. I have prepared myself for various situations also through internationalisation.  I have studied abroad: I went to senior high school in Swaziland, and during my time at university, I was an exchange student in the Philippines.

The construction industry has always been close to my heart: I started my working life at a construction site as early as at the age of 15.  So, after my third year at university, I applied for a summer job at Lemminkäinen. I was hired as a trainee to update Lemminkäinen’s management system. After the successful summer job, I started working alongside my studies the following spring. Furthermore, I wrote my Master’s Thesis on Lemminkäinen’s assignment on the topic of tendering resource management, after which I was hired to my current position, Project Engineer.

What is your typical workday like?

My typical workday involves solving different problems. My tasks include various internal development projects and support for launching large-scale and complex projects. In launching such projects, my duties include supporting tasks in the accounting function, the on-site implementation of information systems and processes as well as helping with the exchange of information between the construction site and the office.

What do you like most about your job?

I like most the challenging nature of my work. The things that I have done and am doing are often new, both to me and to the entire company. Thanks to this, I learn a lot in my job and distribute the lessons learned throughout the organisation.

What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

The most challenging aspect is learning all these new things. However, continuous learning is extremely important for succeeding in my job. In addition, there are time-related challenges: tasks and projects often run in parallel and you can certainly occupy yourself fully with work, but you must know how to prioritise and manage the way you use your time.

What kind of a person achieves success in your position?

In my work, success can be achieved by a person who is eager to learn new things and to take on different challenges. Becoming set in your ways is not efficient; instead, new ways of working and teamwork are very important.