Choosing to study Automation Engineering at HAMK was absolutely the right decision to make. It got me where I am now, it lets me do what I love every day. I am grateful to HAMK and automation for all the opportunities that were opened for me. It gives you solid foundation for good start of your career.
Maksim Melnikov has graduated from HAMK’s Automation Engineering degree in 2012. Now he works in National Oilwell Varco and travels around the world for develope control system softwares.
“I started my Automation Engineering studies at HAMK Valkeakoski in 2008. Two years later, in 2010, I was chosen as a lab assistant at AutoMaint, where I worked for over a year until the start of my exchange program at Confederation College in Canada. I graduated from HAMK in the summer of 2012. A couple of months before my graduation I got a job offer from National Oilwell Varco, a leading oil equipment provider. A few weeks later I was on my way to the oil capital of Norway, Stavanger, where I started my career in oil and gas industry. From the very first days at my new workplace, I was assigned to major projects which I followed from engineering to commissioning stage in Korea. My responsibilities include developing control system software for various rig equipment, such as cranes and different drilling equipment. My job involves traveling abroad, to field, to offshore rigs all over the world. As my everyday routine, I work with many different sorts of PLCs, IPCs , etc. A perfect place for a nerd like me. The job requires constant learning and skills development
What I remember from my studies at HAMK is that they included lots of Siemens PLC programming practice, especially when I started my AutoMaint position where I could get plenty of hands-on experience with industrial robotics and programming. Another great opportunity that HAMK provide me with was the opportunity to participate in an exchange program in Confederation College in Canada where I had the pleasure to get a glisp of Aerospace Engineering Technology for one semester. What was also really great about the studies at HAMK was the fact that you have access to a huge variety of different kinds of free online courses in programming, networking, engineering, etc. This is great for those who have a thirst for extra knowledge and constant learning, and who are willing to study independently. Choosing to study Automation Engineering at HAMK was absolutely the right decision to make. It got me where I am now, it lets me do what I love every day. I am grateful to HAMK and automation for all the opportunities that were opened for me. It gives you solid foundation for good start of your career.”