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Becoming a plater-welder


© 2020, Petra Karoliina Koskela

Hey, my name is Petra Koskela. I am 18 years old and I am studying to become a plater-welder.
I got interested in metalworking in early 2019. Before that I didn't know what I wanted to study.
In late February of 2019 I went to train in a company. There I met great people and gained a lot of experience. I also had a summer job there.
After the summer I started studying metalworking for real. During the first year, we had to do pneumatics, install bearings, do thin platework, welding and machining. During the first month of school, I was asked to come to work. I was a plasmacutter at another company for almost 3 months, but after awhile I found it boring, nor did it improve my welding skills. Some stuff also happened in my life that made me decide to leave the company.
I finished my year 1 studies in late February of 2020. Not long after Coronavirus spread like fire and schools got shutdown. I was not motivated at all to do work at home. The thing that feeds my motivation is seeing the improvement with my own eyes.
Then year 2 studies started, which got me really excited. My teacher asked me not long ago do I want to do my competence demonstration.