Five questions to Robin Ferm about his summer job as manager


Robin Ferm is, during eight weeks, working as manager of SCA Maintenance together with the regular head. An exciting and different assignment as a summer job.

By this, Robin gets an insight what it is like to be responsible for a large maintenance operation within SCA. The summer job also includes a project in the operation. Robin studies at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, where he studies for a master's degree in mechanical engineering. We have asked Robin five questions about his work this summer.

Why did you apply for this particular summer job?
Next semester, I will begin my master's education in Gothenburg, where I will focus on production management, and before the summer, I was therefore looking for summer jobs that matched the same area. When I found the ad for this summer job, it was almost too good to be true! This summer job would give me an insight into a large industrial organization while I get to try out what it is like to lead such an organization. In short, this summer job had more links to my ambitions for the future, than I had ever dared to hope for when I started looking for a job before the summer.

What different tasks have you had so far?
I have been able to work together with the SCA Maintenance's management team where I have gained an insight into their everyday work. I also had the chance to be part in groups that work with various strategic issues and where I could contribute to the decision process. In parallel, I have also conducted external monitoring and a side project in the area.

What has been your biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge has been to get acquainted with the business in the current situation and to get a clear picture of how all parts fit together. There have been some limitations due to the Coronavirus for how I have can move around in the operations. I have therefore not had the opportunity to meet as many colleagues from different departments as I would have liked.

Would you recommend others to take up this type of summer job?
Of course I would! It has been very fun and instructive to be here this summer, and I think everyone who is the least interested in industry and leadership should grab the chance to apply for similar summer jobs. You grow as a person and get new perspectives on the business in general, but above all, in my case, an overall picture of how maintenance works.

How has the experience as manager of SCA Maintenance affected your view of maintenance operations?
Before I started the summer job, I did not have a clear picture of what maintenance actually meant. Now that I have had the opportunity to try working as manager of SCA Maintenance, I have gained a completely new perspective! It really is a matter of ensuring functionality and operational reliability by working with availability, plant utilization and quality. This is done with the use of technology, everything from mechanical equipment to electric and automation systems. I have realized that maintenance in many respects means working with technology.

In the future, maintenance has a great development potential with new concepts such as “Smart Maintenance”, which makes it a very exciting industry and something I can really imagine working with in the future!

After the summer job, Robin will have the opportunity of a six-month mentorship together with the head of SCA Maintenance.

Source: SCA