At Rosendahl Nextrom our aim is to support our
employees to develop their expertise within the same team or sometimes by
transferring to another team and to a completely different role. Here our
employees Joonas and Markus who have both started their career as Process
Engineer, tell about themselves and share their career stories.
Read how our Lead Process Engineer Joonas Ilmarinen tells about himself, his job and what he likes about it.
My background in a nutshell
Graduation to Bachelor of Engineering in Material and surface treatment degree in 2007, Final thesis: Haze and control thereof in glass modified by liquid flame spray
Previous work experience as Process Engineer in different companies for seven years (hot aerosol coating & functional glass coatings and hot aerosol coating & functional glass coatings, CVD)
Started at Nextrom in 2013 (Fiber draw telecom & Special fibers, Sand cladding, OVD)
Outside of work I spend a lot of time with family and
friends. I have two, eleven, and fifteen year old children. Sometimes it’s
challenging to balance the schedules, but I get lot of support from my family,
and also from Rosendahl Nextrom. During my own time, I might be at the garage fixing bike
or motorcycle and drinking beer with my friends. To stay healthy, I’ll practice
Chi Kung and Shaolin Kungfu.
My career story
In 2013 I started at Rosendahl Nextrom as a fiber draw Process
Engineer. The industry was new to me, and I didn’t know anything about fiber
optics, at that point I actually thought that optical fiber was hollow. After
few weeks of studying, I started to get on track. My first commissioning trip
was at Autumn 2013, and I had a change to go to Japan. That was a great
experience and a great chance to learn a lot about the process and
commissioning work at Rosendahl Nextrom. During commissioning there is a special chance
to learn to know your colleagues and it’s easy to keep your full focus on the
work. Commissioning work is absolutely the best way to learn our machines and
processes. After the first telecom project commissioning, I took part to a
special fiber tower commissioning.
In addition to fiber draw process engineering at Rosendahl Nextrom, I have worked as a Lead Engineer and worked with OVD and sand cladding
processes. It has been great opportunity to learn from skillful and experienced
engineers about the work. I have had a change to visit China, Japan, USA,
India, South-Korea and multiple European countries. Customers on Special fiber
projects are usually much different than on the telecom side. Some customers
are very experienced in this field and some start from zero. With customers who
are new to the area, focus is more on training and basic things. In cases where
the customer is more experienced, there is often higher production pressure by
the customer and the scope of the work is different.
Nowadays my work is mostly project follow-up, answering
the questions from customers, planning and performing trials, sometimes guiding
new employees, documentation and process tests. While writing this, I am
sitting at airplane coming back from customer where we were preparing an
upcoming project. We went through the schedule, process issues and practical
things to ensure as smooth as possible installation and commissioning in the
My typical work day includes answering questions by
email or face to face with colleagues, one to two meetings related to upcoming
trials or projects, and working at fiber drawing lab or preform lab.
Most inspiring at Rosendahl Nextrom is to work with challenges
and find a way to overcome them, learning new things, and of course work
community itself. Sometimes I need to break old habits to stay fresh and
open-minded, like in arranging time for documentation. I dare to say that I
learn something new every day in my work. In my opinion, experience brings
insight into things, and in practice it shows as an ability to take various factors
comprehensively into consideration.
Read how our Project Manager Markus Paakkunainen tells about himself, his job and what he likes about it.
My background in a nutshell
Graduation with Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Technology in 2018
Previous work experience as a Process Engineer in different companies for 3 years
Started in current position in December 2021
I work at Rosendahl Nextrom Oy as a Project Manager,
focusing on fiber optic cable production line projects, more familiarly FOC
(Fiber Optic Cables). I didn't have any previous work experience as a
Project Manager before my current position, so the training has included lot of
new things and experiences. The product area however was familiar to me since I
had previously worked in the same area in a different position. As a social and
enthusiastic person, I feel that I am in the right place in my current role.
Currently my home is in Espoo, and I spend my free
time quite traditionally: I go to the gym, sometimes mountain biking (Company
sponsoring with the bike benefit), play the guitar and spend time with my
My career story
I graduated as an Engineer in materials technology
from Lahti University of Applied Sciences in 2018, specializing in polymer and
fiber technology. My studies did not go according to the traditional formula,
but I tried a lot of different options and tried to find my own route, because
at that time I didn't know for sure what I wanted to do after my studies. The
main focus of my studies was in technology, but I also studied lot of sales and
After my studies, I got my first job at Rosendahl
Nextrom as a Process Engineer, where my responsibility was the commissioning of
fiber optic cable lines in customers' factories around the world. At the
same time, my personal life also underwent a transformation when I moved to the
Helsinki metropolitan area, and for the first time outside my hometown, Lahti.
I enjoyed working as a Process Engineer at Rosendahl Nextrom for about one and
half years, after which I worked two years in the manufacturing industry, as a
Process Engineer as well. I returned to Rosendahl Nextrom in December 2021 when
I noticed an open Project Manager position and decided to apply for it. I was
interested in the role already on the first time I was working for Rosendahl Nextrom,
but life took me elsewhere for a while. My previous experience in the field has
naturally made it easier for me to start in a new position as Project Manager,
but I still feel that the support I have gotten from our own team has
definitely been the biggest help in absorbing the new role.
My current role as a Project Manager includes:
Rough planning of project schedule
Coordination work with different teams
Budget and schedule monitoring
Reporting to the management
In short, I lead and take care of the projects
assigned to me from start to finish.
My day often consists of:
Communication with different internal and external parties via email/ Teams/ phone
Joining/ hosting internal follow-up meetings
Making decisions on project related matters
Development of project process
The work is challenging and nice at the same time. My
workday often includes rapid changes and challenges in fast-phased project
industry with many variables, but also a lot of laughing at the coffee table
with colleagues or through Teams with customers. Each job has its ups and downs
and that’s why it's important to know how to reset your brain and cool down at
time to time. The peer support and atmosphere were the main reasons why I
returned to Rosendahl Nextrom.
I prefer working face-to-face instead of email
communication, so I like to go around the office and discuss things. We have
been offered a fair remote work opportunity, but I don’t use it that often
since I prefer working from the office. The contacts within the company and
with customers are definitely the best part of my job. Okay, in all honesty, I
don't complain about occasional business trips either, but it depends a lot on
your own preferences how much you like to travel.
Rosendahl Nextrom is the leading global supplier of production technologies for optical fibers and fiber optic cables. Our core competencies include solutions for optical glass making, fiber drawing, fiber coating, ribbon making, proof testing and fiber optic cable production. From first contact onwards, we provide customized high quality solutions and personal support to ensure total customer satisfaction. Nextrom is a business unit of Rosendahl Nextrom GmbH.
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