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Career Stories from Stremet – press brake operator Aleksi

Aleksi Hellsten, who was selected as the most positive employee of the year, describes himself as a sociable and cheerful new press brake operator. Previously, he had studied to become a chef and worked in that field for about seven years. However, he eventually grew tired of the restaurant industry and wanted to try something new.

Aleksi explains that he ended up working at Stremet based on a recommendation from a friend. “After that, I called Hans directly, and he immediately asked when I could start,” Aleksi adds. Aleksi has been working at Stremet for four years now. When he first joined, he hadn’t even seen any equipment related to the field.

Initially, everything was new and quite challenging. According to Aleksi, it took him about a year to become proficient at independent work with parts and drawings. “With the guidance and encouragement of colleagues, I may someday become a master of the craft,” Aleksi says cheerfully. Aleksi’s work primarily involves operating press brake machines. Occasionally, he performs tapping or stud inserting as well. His workdays start at six in the morning when the machines are turned on and work begins on making products ready for shipping to customers.

“With the guidance and encouragement of colleagues, I may someday become a master of the craft”

Aleksi believes that the best part of his job is achieving successes by figuring out how to create specific parts himself. Challenging moments do arise, especially when he encounters a new or more complex to create part. “All our coworkers are helpful and nice. If you ask for help, you’ll definitely get it, albeit sometimes with a bit of playful teasing,” Aleksi says with a twinkle in his eye. According to him, it’s easy to approach the management team. Employee requests and ideas are well considered. Aleksi doesn’t find the industry too taxing and has energy left after his shifts end. He finds physical activity crucial for his recovery, and he’s engaged in a wide range of sports.

Within the work community, Aleksi is highly regarded by his colleagues. Other coworkers describe Aleksi as extremely diligent, precise, and hardworking. “Aleksi never has bad days. Or if he does, he turns them into smiles,” a coworker describes. It’s been said about Aleksi that he’s never late and carries out his tasks without complaints. “Aleksi always has a smile on his face and takes everyone into consideration,” another coworker adds.

Career Stories from Stremet – Multitalented Petteri

“As my time in the army was coming to an end, I was enjoying a free weekend in Salo. As usual, I was out driving late at night and stopped at a gas station to get some coffee. While watching the sunset in the parking lot next to my car, a small bus pulled up, and cheerful people stepped out, coming from a hockey game. Then one sir asked me for a ride to the city centre. I obliged, and during the journey it came up that I had a degree in the metal industry but no job after the end of my service. As it turned out, the man was the CEO of a local metal industry company. He invited me to visit the factory whenever I had the chance. Coincidentally, I was not returning to my army base until the following Monday evening, so I managed to visit him quickly. That’s when we agreed that I would start working as soon as I returned from the army.”

That’s how the man of many skills known as Petteri Laaksonen found his way to Stremet over a decade ago. Petteri, a resident of Salo, gained his initial experience in sheet metal work through vocational school and internships at Sanmina SCI. After completing his vocational education in 2012, he went straight into a year of military service. From there, Petteri came directly to work at Stremet because of that late-night gas station ride.

Petteri’s tasks are diverse and varied, including grinding, threading, pressing, assembly, shaping corners, stud inserting, welding, and spot welding. However, his primary task is mangling. In the workplace, it’s common to say that the mangling just doesn’t work without Petteri.

“Our supervisors are really good and skilled at their jobs.”

Petteri describes his workdays as highly varied. Each day is different. “The best thing about my job is its diversity,” Petteri continues. Additionally, the diverse work ensures that there’s never a dull moment. Challenges do arise at times; for example, variations in sheet quality can pose a minor challenge during mangling.

“I find Stremet’s work environment to be very good,” Petteri describes. Colleagues are pleasant, and it is enjoyable to work with them. According to Petteri, the supervisors are excellent and skilled at their jobs, which facilitates the smooth progression of tasks. “Varied and interesting work is crucial for maintaining stamina at work,” Petteri says. He also recharges from work through good food, jogging, and cycling.

Colleagues describe Petteri as a reliable and enthusiastic worker. “Petteri is a jack-of-all-trades, and his absence is noticeable,” a coworker says. Petteri is considered helpful and friendly, with extensive expertise in the field. He’s always ready to assist others.