This summer, EPSE has had the opportunity to offer a summer job/internships to two students to familiarize themselves in laboratory work and the EPSE pilot process. This Friday was the last day for both interns in the office, and a farewell coffee party was organized for the whole team to wish them well.
Anette Anttonen, who is studying Laboratory Engineering at Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), is the first summer employee in EPSE Laboratory. During her four-month summer job, Anette has completed her traineeship and has had the opportunity to learn about EPSE’s customer process and the practical work of a laboratory technician. In addition to the daily maintenance of the laboratory, her tasks have included carrying out EPSE treatments, refining EPSE recipes for each client, and performing metal and other analyses on water samples.
For Anette, one of the most rewarding things about the summer was being involved in successfully taking EPSE’s overall laboratory process from start to finish. In addition, the practical experience of using the ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission spectroscopy) analyzer, in addition to the theoretical learning gained at school, provided valuable lessons for the future. Next, Anette will return to start her third year of studies at TAMK, where her class has been offered a project proposal for EPSE. Thus, it may well be that Anette will continue to be seen at EPSE in the future.
The second summer trainee at EPSE was Esther Antigua, a student at Stadin AO studying Process Industry. During her two-week “crash course”, Esther was introduced to the work of the EPSE Laboratory and to customer piloting. Next, Esther will continue her training remotely and prepare for the demonstration to further her studies.
EPSE’s Laboratory Manager Salla Heinonen, says it is great that EPSE has been able to offer internship opportunities to students in the field this summer. The trainees have been a nice addition to the lab team and the work experience gained in the field during their studies is already serving them now, and especially when they apply for their first job after graduation.
Text is written by Anna Kivimäki.