24 Jan 2019, 9:00 CET

Hi hi blog!

My name is Björn Persson and I’m one of the participants in the Trainee program at BillerudKorsnäs. When I studied at Karlstad University we used to have companies that came to visit us and a question that was frequently asked was; “How do a regular day look for you as an engineer?” So, I will now, after a little more than 4 months of working experience as an engineer, try to answer this question as good as I can.

Me at my office with my price from a competition at our department. I won over Björn2.

My job as an engineer…

I work as an Issue Resolution Manager in the Technical Service department at BillerudKorsnäs, placed at the mill Gruvön. When I started in September, this was a totally new role. The position had not yet been clearly defined in the organization, so luckily for me, I got the chance to be part of creating it. In my role I work with leading and being part of projects where we try to understand and solve problems so our customers don’t get affected. This means that I get to be involved in both questions regarding the production at Gruvön, and that I have contact with our customers. For me, this is the perfect mixture, seeing both parts and understanding how each affect the other.

What do I do on a regular day?

When I get to the office in the morning I look at how the production looked during the afternoon and night the day before. This makes me prepared for the upcoming morning meeting so that I can ask questions related to a project that I am leading. After this morning meeting, held in the production area, I usually stay to ask the operators more questions regarding the production and other things.

When I am done with this, I usually go back to my office to have a look at what we need to do next in the project, and this is something really fun. It ranges between different areas, which makes my job very varying and I learn new things every day. For example, it can be either to lead a scheduled project meeting, or to contact people within our organization that has special competences in a field where we need help. The role gives me possibilities of mixing technical questions/issues with a lot of people interaction, which suits me

Other days I can be travelling, either within the trainee-program or in my role at the Technical Service department. We recently visited Tetra Pak in Lund, where we got the chance to learn more about our customer and how they view different matters, which was very interesting.

A picture from our day at Tetra Pak Lund. We got the chance of visit their famous Product Discovery Room.

Engineering in the pulp and paper industry

I’ve come to realize that making paper is a truly complex and difficult task. Every day I learn something new about the process which makes it more understandable, but I’m still astonished that we can produce paper in such speed with such high quality. The mill is so huge that I imagine that a whole lifetime wouldn’t be enough to catch up with everything.

Working with the project I now lead has given me more insight into the paper machines. However, the next project might be in a different area of our organization, which enables me to learn new things every day.

Me, Karin and Linus enjoying one of the shifts at our mill Frövi.

What is the most fun part of my job?

The best part of being a trainee at BillerudKorsnäs is that I get to meet a lot of new people every day, both in my regular job and as a trainee. My job varies from day to day and I am constantly challenged by new things which makes me grow both in my role and as a person.

This Trainee role is however not my fist contact with BillerudKorsnäs. I actually started my career here with a summer job. Perhaps that could be the same path for you? The applications has opened, why don’t you have a look.

If you have any questions regarding how it is to be a trainee, or to job as a summer worker at BillerudKorsnäs feel free to e-mail me :)
Until next time//

Björn Persson