Prospective Degree Students

"International engineering career comes with the right attitude"

Juha Kytölä, the former President of Wärtsilä Finland.

Wärtsilä Finland Oy offers VAMK students plenty of work placements and thesis subjects. According to President Juha Kytölä experiences of cooperation have been positive.

– VAMK provides us with skilled employees for our work challenges and a good basis for our recruitment. We are pleased because VAMK students are well prepared for work in the corporate world.

Kytölä underlines that he pays attention to the attitude and international expertise of an employee.

– You have to be open to new things. You also need to learn quickly from others. You have to understand that somewhere else things might be done even better.

Wärtsilä's operations are altogether international, and English language use is central to the work.

– During your studies, it is worthwhile to invest in developing your language skills and cultural knowledge, Kytölä points out.

Wärtsilä also values a broad base of experience in education. Detailed knowledge is not expected of recent graduates.

– We focus heavily on orientation. Subject-specific and special know-how related training and guidance are organised for new employees.

According to Kytölä, the current employment situation of the field is mainly good. Energy production, distribution and use fall within growing areas, so the future looks bright.

– Continuous development and investments are made in the energy industry. However, they are currently somewhat discouraged by the uncertainty of the financial market. Investments in development ensure competitive strength and growth, and that is something for which we at Wärtsilä have a good capacity, Kytölä confirms.

Wärtsilä is a leading international marine and energy power solutions provider, which supports client companies throughout the product life cycle. By emphasising technological innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2009, Wärtsilä had a turnover of 4.6 billion euros and a staff of 17 500 employees. The company operates in 160 locations in 70 countries.