Career story: The skill of finding the best solution
Henri Väisänen’s job is to do asphalt recipes, quality controls of contracts and develop quality control procedures. Henri thinks the best thing about his work is versatility and the ability to get to know different people.
Henri Väisänen, Research Engineer, 27
What is your education background?
I have a Bachelor’s degree in environmental technology from a university of applied sciences.
How did you reach your current position?
I had my first summer job at Lemminkäinen’s Central Laboratory in Tuusula, Finland, in 2011. After that, I had a summer job with the company for three summers. In winter 2014, I wrote my thesis for Lemminkäinen about technical use of reclaimed asphalt. I took up my current position as a Research Engineer in spring 2014.
What’s your typical working day like?
My working days vary a lot, so there is really no such thing as a typical day for me. I primarily proportion asphalt masses, i.e. make mixing instructions for asphalt plants and carry out quality control on various contracts. Another important part of my day-to-day work is developing quality control procedures.
In addition, I carry out quality reporting for customers, which involves compiling various kinds of quality data on the customer’s contract. I provide customers with the information they need on e.g. the gaps and uniformity of pavements, or quality control of masses.
My working days differ between summer and winter. In the winter, when there are no paving contracts underway, we develop pavements. That’s very interesting too, and my days are spent developing the quality of products and testing them.
What do you like most about your job?
Its highly varied nature, definitely. In addition, it’s great to get to know different kinds of people from all around Finland and Northern Sweden.
What’s the most challenging aspect of your work?
In the summer, the tight schedules are challenging, but the hardest thing is keeping up to date with many contracts. There are a lot of these, since we serve all of Finland and Northern Sweden.
What kind of person does well in your role?
I’d say the best person for this job is a problem-solver who’s quite calm and doesn’t panic in tough situations. You also need to be able to focus on one thing at a time, and strive for the best solution for each situation and site. It’s important also to be able to make quick decisions and take corrective measures if necessary.