PetrSU student in practice at Ponsse

Within the framework of cooperation between PetrSU and the Finnish manufacturer of logging equipment Ponsse, a 2nd year student of the Institute of Forestry, Mining and Construction Sciences Maxim Zhuk is doing an internship this summer on the basis of a division of the enterprise in Pudozh.
Ponsse is one of the world leaders in the manufacture and aftermarket of cut-to-length forestry machines. In Russia the company is represented not only on the territory of Karelia, but also throughout the country, thanks to the branches of dealers in each region. There is an official dealer in the Republic of Belarus.

Studying in the direction “Technological machines and equipment”, Maxim applies with great interest the theoretical knowledge gained at PetrSU in the Ponsse service center in the Pudozh region of Karelia. Maxim undergoes practical training under the guidance of his father Ruslan Olegovich Zhuk, a service engineer.

Maxim Zhuk said:

I thought that I want to go where I would like to work after graduation. Following the example of his father, who has over 25 years of experience in the repair and maintenance of forestry equipment and is currently an engineer at Ponsse. I decided to practice in the same place where my father works, since in this case I will be able to consult and learn from the experience even outside of working hours.

My practice goes something like this: at the morning planning meeting, we discuss the received requests for breakdowns, draw up a work schedule for the current day, find out the location of the machine on which the malfunction occurred, find out the way to the plot, prepare a list of prospective spare parts for repair, arrive at the site for carrying out repair or routine maintenance work, after which we carry out them systematically. This is not easy, given the heat in the forest and the number of insects, but my father, using specific examples, tells the causes of the malfunction, the methods for diagnosing them, and I try to help him as much as possible by performing the tasks that he delegates to me.

Often, the tasks are simple, but there are also complex ones, for the implementation of which experience and qualifications are required, which I do not have yet. I also learn how to conduct an initial inspection of the condition of machines, interview operators, fill out technical documentation, learn how to work with technical applications developed by the Ponsse after-sales service staff.

Of course, I would like to tell you a few more words about my father. His name is Ruslan, all my life I have absorbed from him love for various mechanisms and technology. My father is the person who can cope with any task of repairing equipment, you need to give him time and tools, and he himself, without using any prompts, will be able to find and fix the malfunction.

I myself often stop at broken cars in the city or on the highway to offer help, and more than once it happened that I called my father, telling simply the “symptoms” of the malfunction, after which he very accurately pointed out the problems that could cause this. happen.

My father, in my opinion, is one of the best specialists not only in the field of logging, but also in other specialized equipment operating in Russia, and no matter how pathetic and loud it may sound.

I see Ponsse as a future employer for a very large number of advantages. For example, I like the fact that the company creates all the necessary conditions for safe and comfortable work, providing the necessary protective clothing, shoes, service tools. A lot of time is devoted to internal training of employees, including at the plant in Finland. There is an opportunity for professional development and salary growth, which is calculated based on work experience in the company and is regularly indexed. There are almost never any unresolved issues.

Ivan Leonidovich Savelyev, head of the separate Ponsse subdivision in Segezha, noted:

We are always glad and open to cooperation between Ponsse and PetrSU! We are always glad to students and graduates of PetrSU at our enterprises, exhibitions, job fairs! This is one of the few examples when, having received theoretical knowledge from teachers, you begin to apply them in practice in the forest. Undoubtedly, the experience and knowledge received by Maxim from his father will be useful to him both in life and in further studies, and I hope that after graduating from the university he will come to work for us as an already trained specialist.

Ponsse is a reliable partner of Petrozavodsk State University. The enterprise takes part in vocational guidance activities of PetrSU, provides an opportunity for students to undergo practical training.

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