What motivates Fennovoima's employees? At least the opportunity to be involved in a large-scale and climate-friendly project, as well as continuous learning. What Operation Manager Antti Lammela values the most, is that his work brings him meaning.
The construction of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant is a large-scale and multi-stage project that offers unique career opportunities for experts in various fields.
- Only in few projects you can see all its stages and build your own career at the same time, says Antti Lammela, Fennovoima’s Operation Manager.
The Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant will be built at green field site in Northern Ostrobothnia. The power plant is an investment of about 6.5–7 billion euros, and in the construction phase, the project will employ more than 20,000 professionals.
Currently, the project focuses on the design and licensing of the power plant and on the preparation for the construction phase. At the Hanhikivi 1 construction site in Pyhäjoki, infrastructure and auxiliary buildings are being constructed.
Job opportunities for engineering professionals
Key part of Antti’s job is to plan the operating organization for the power plant, which will be commissioned at the end of the decade. He is an excellent example of how an expert can build a long-term career at Fennovoima.
- The focus of my work is strongly on the future. The operating organization of the power plant will be large, with almost 100 people. For my part, I already make sure that the organization will be built correctly, and that Hanhikivi 1 will operate safely and economically, he says.
Antti’s career in the nuclear power industry began as a field-operator in Olkiluoto. The engineering studies he completed alongside his work helped him progress to more demanding tasks. In 2017, Antti started working at Fennovoima.
- I was especially inspired by the spirit of action that brought energy to the company. So I didn’t hesitate to apply when they had an open position for Operation Engineer.
Agile and caring employer
After four years, Antti’s feelings about the employer are the same. He appreciates Fennovoima's agility and readiness for change, as well as the development opportunities the company offers.
However, the most important factor is the greater meaning his work presents: an opportunity to be involved in the construction of a power plant that, once completed, will produce one tenth of the electricity needed by Finland, in a carbon-neutral and reliable manner.
- It is rewarding to create something new and important for the climate. Fennovoima also takes care of its personnel and understands that we, the employees, are its trump cards.
In the next few years, the company's operations and work tasks will gradually move to Pyhäjoki. Currently, most of the personnel works at the head office in Helsinki.
- I will be moving to the area in a year or two as the project progresses to the construction phase. I believe that Pyhäjoki is a good place to live, because the municipality is prepared for the project and also offers opportunities for the family.