Throughout my forest engineering studies, I had the chance to build up knowledge in all the different areas in which the forest business is involved. After finishing my Master’s studies – which focused on wood products and technology – it seemed only natural that I would eventually cross paths with UPM. After all, I can’t think of a more diversified and innovative forest-based company than UPM.
It was a great privilege to be chosen as one of the appointed graduates after a challenging selection process – although it was nowhere near as challenging as the day-to-day operation of a paper mill. As a graduate in production engineering, I need a deep, holistic understanding of every step in the paper production process to assure the best results. I am based in Dörpen, northern Germany, and if you think about how big our paper mill is, you can probably imagine that there are many operations happening simultaneously and that an incredible number of variables need to be controlled to ensure work and environmental safety (which are always top priorities), quality, profitability and of course, sustainability.
During my first week, I was very warmly welcomed and immediately given the opportunity to get to know our people and processes with the help of an induction plan. From that time onwards,