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Career stories

Melisa Haahtinen
Antti Hoikkala
Harri Suistio

Melisa Haahtinen, Business Concept Designer

Management of the big picture

“My work at RMC began in spring 2015. Back then, there were just over 10 employees. Right now, there are almost 80 of us. As a native of Rauma, I was quite familiar with RMC and had some family background in shipbuilding.

My work consists of company strategy implementation and the construction, development and modelling of business processes. Daily assignments also include the development of business networks, management of information systems projects and various digitalisation projects.

I would describe myself as brave, goal-oriented and inventive. I am at my best when coming up with new ideas or improving the efficiency of old solutions. These are important qualities to possess at RMC, as progress here is constant.

RMC is an agile and continuously developing company as well as one of the pioneers in the utilisation of new operating models and technologies in shipbuilding. Our facilities have come a long way in a short time, and we always strive to lead the way by further improving our information systems.

The level of professionalism and amount of expertise here are possibly the highest I have seen during my 12-year career. Although the company has become more established, a future-oriented and innovative way of thinking is still very much present. Our operating model is flexible, and we always follow global trends. Our brave approach can also be seen in technology projects such as the digital platform and the utilisation of 3D in training, as well as the future implementation of IoT in production. The company is highly ambitious, and we are constantly discussing how to improve things.

The success of RMC has been amazing to see and, most of all, to take part in. The fact that the company’s owners are real Finnish people is an important part of its foundations”.

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Antti Hoikkala, Interior designer

An advocate of challenges and diverse work tasks

“I am a marine engineer by training. My career began at the marine services company Alfons Håkans. After my kid was born, I returned to Rauma, and Rauma Marine Constructions was the natural next step of my career. I joined the shipbuilding company in autumn 2016.

I work as an interior designer at Rauma Marine Constructions. The design of the ships’ doors, locks and windows are my area of responsibility, among other matters. My tasks also include the drawing of general arrangements. The greatest reward in my work comes from seeing my input as part of the finished ship and its concept.

I am involved in the design of all RMC projects. Each project and vessel has its own requirements and details. As a result, the work stays diverse and challenging.

At Rauma Marine Constructions, I am able to direct my career path according to my personal development and interests. The team spirit here is remarkable. Thanks to the small work community, it is easy to get to know everyone and have open discussions. We are able to implement our own ideas, and everyone has the opportunity to influence their job description and tasks.

The diversity of tasks is also one of the best aspects of the job. As part of the design process, I interact daily with experts from other teams. The fact that I am able to participate in projects with their own challenges and requirements increases the diversity of my work and improves motivation”.

Harri Suistio, Project engineer

A shipbuilder following in his father’s footsteps

One of the youngest team members at Rauma Marine Constructions, Harri Suistio, 29, feels he has found his place in the diverse world of shipbuilding. Describing his work environment as a melting pot of ideas and experiences, Suistio is also assisting the company in the search for promising new talents.

“I would say that I had a typical upbringing in Rauma. I was raised and schooled in town and played hockey on the local junior team. I left Rauma to attend university, and graduated with both an M.Sc. Eng. in Naval Architecture from Otaniemi in Espoo and an M.Sc. Econ. from Vaasa, but decided to return home after my studies.

I began working at Rauma Marine Constructions in January 2016. The choice of industry was not exactly a coincidence, as I am a second-generation shipbuilder. My father worked for 25 years in various shipbuilding tasks at the Rauma shipyard. His guidance has helped familiarise me with the industry faster and more broadly.

At Rauma Marine Constructions, I design vessel concepts and technical solutions for the clients’ various needs and adapt the technology to suit their budget. Besides the design, I take part in discussing the construction methods for the ship together with our production planner. My current projects include, for example, the new construction project Molslinjen ferry, as well as several sales projects.

Work tasks that involve interaction with clients are often competition-oriented and at times require the ability to handle stress well. The job description can be summed up as solving the clients’ problems under serious pressure and having many things on one’s plate simultaneously. A general interest in the marine industry as well as a customer-oriented manner of thinking and the ability to solve problems are all assets in my work.

I have personally witnessed the astounding growth of Rauma Marine Constructions, from a start-up company of some thirty people to one of the leading names in the industry, with some 80 employees. Over at design, growth has also been significant: When I started, I was one of three designers, and now there are more than 20 of us.

Thanks to the versatility of work tasks, I have gained a broad and comprehensive understanding of the shipbuilding process. The best part of the job is that you have the chance to see through the complete process and develop your expertise in all aspects of the industry.

The work environment at Rauma Marine Constructions is instructive and flexible, especially for a young shipbuilder. Know-how and skills are not kept secret, but shared with new employees in order to help them develop professionally”.

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