in a personal interview Jan Bankowski

I began in Terramare as a work management trainee. My first task was to become acquainted with the equipment and its maintenance at the Loviisa Plant Department.

I learned through my college Lapin AMK ( Lapland University of Applied Sciences)  that Terramare were looking for summer workers, and I immediately called the contact person, Jani Vyyryläinen. That call convinced me that it was worth applying here. I was particularly fascinated by the opportunity to join an international working community as well as the diverse work assignments.

After having worked a month at the plant department, I moved to become a trainee on the Oulu sea mark project. There, I worked in the site office as a work management trainee. Initially, I took care of project procurement as well as food and accommodation matters for the crew. Gradually, I was also introduced to the preparation of various reports and logistics handling.

Currently, my range of working tasks is expanding as I gain more knowledge of the field. In addition to the tasks I already mentioned, I take care of site personnel matters, orientations, monitoring equipment maintenance, risk assessment and work safety oversight. As necessary, I also work as a trash driver, fetch food and help out with renovations. The great thing about this team is precisely the fact that everyone does pretty much everything, and I receive very good guidance and assistance whenever I need it.

Handling my duties requires proficiency in English, social skills, organisational ability and the capacity to react to rapid changes.The most important is  a can-do attitude.

I only became acquainted with marine construction in practice when I joined Terramare. Lapin AMK had a civil engineering course, however, and its instructor inspired my interest in the field.

A key aspect of this work is that no two working days are the same and there is always something happening.

While on a project, my working day starts with a review of weather forecasts and vessel reports, after which I prepare an activity schedule for the day. My day includes inspecting incoming goods and delivering them to vessels, possible urgent retrievals of goods and a review of sounding results, and checking the dumping plan. Communication with vessels is also an important daily task. At the end of the working day, I prepare a preliminary list of the next day’s tasks, which I then review in the morning.

 A key aspect of this work is that no two working days are the same and there is always something happening.