Before I started working for Pres Vac my knowledge of the maritime industry was limited.But I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the industry.”

Don’t hesitate when great opportunities arise

When I was 23 years old I was hired as an assistant at Pres Vac. At that time I had my 9th grade diploma and I wanted to study. I was very happy with Pres Vac, so when they offered to take me in as an industrial technic specialist apprentice I didn’t hesitate.

Pres Vac fabricates equipment to the maritime industry, and about half of the world’s tankers are equipped with things produced by Pres Vac. Before I started working for Pres Vac my knowledge of the maritime industry was limited to my three years in the Home Guard, where I was part of the guard’s department for port guarding, Maritime Force Protection. But I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the industry.

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“In my job it is all about using the machine in the smartest and most efficient way”

A job for A-type people

My work day starts at 7am. The first thing I do, is to run the reference on my machine so that it is ready to continue. The reference means the machine goes into zero, so it knows where to start. When that is done, I continue my tasks from the day before or start up new projects.

It is easier to run the same thing several times, then you don’t need to change the program as often. In my job it is all about using the machine in the smartest and most efficient way. Currently I’m working on vacuum houses for one of our products. They look a bit like barrels. The most time efficient is to start fixing the top on all of them, and then continue to the bottoms. At 3pm my days is over.

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Dreams for the future

I would very much like to work for Pres Vac. I know the business and it suits me well. One of the last two apprentices we’ve had was hired full time upon graduation, so I hope my chances of staying here are good.

My best advice

My best advice to others are to start studying or taking on an apprenticeship a bit sooner. I love that I have started my apprenticeship, but I also feel that I may have started 5 years later than I should, because I couldn't make up my mind. Sometimes you just need to jump right into it and take on the challenges.

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