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Make contacts with potential employers already during your studies

Published: 28 February 2022

Ida-Linn Näzelius is an alumnus of Luleå University of Technology and VP of Environment and Society at H2 Green Steel in Boden. The company has a great need for manpower with sustainability skills and collaborates with the Luleå University of Technology in the education of future engineers.

The green transition is going at breakneck speed in Norr- and Västerbotten. One of several new ventures in the region is H2 Green Steel, where fossil-free steel production is planned using hydrogen gas. Steel production is expected to start in 2024 and is expected to create 1,500 jobs in the region.

Ida-Linn Näzelius works with environmental and community development at the company. The steel production at H2 Green Steel must burden the environment as little as possible. But in order to be able to recruit the right kind of competence, the company depends on the region having a well-functioning welfare state and being able to offer stimulating leisure.

- I have frequent contacts with decision-makers in the municipality of Boden, everything from principals at upper secondary schools and YH training programs to municipal politicians. We will need to recruit a lot of people with high school or vocational training qualifications, but also a large number of staff with university education, and therefore we also work closely with both research and education at Luleå University of Technology, says Ida-Linn Näzelius, who herself has a civil engineering degree in energy technology and a doctorate in the same subject from the university.

She describes her studies at Luleå University of Technology with warmth.

- The longer we studied, the more courses we could choose ourselves. It was fun to be able to tailor your own education. I established many contacts with the teachers and researchers at the university that I still enjoy today.

After exchange studies in Montréal in Canada, she returned to Luleå where she completed a doctoral project on the slag formation process in connection with biomass combustion. Among other things, the project resulted in a model for how to predict what kind of slag you get depending on the choice of combustion method.

In parallel with her doctoral studies, she helped start two companies – a private preschool and a service company that today mainly works with electrical installations. She was working as a development engineer and research leader at SSAB when the offer for the position at H2 Green Steel appeared. It felt exactly right at the time, both on a personal level and from a societal perspective.

- It felt fun to be part of a venture that takes place on home soil. It also felt inspiring to be part of an investment that will make a positive impression on the environment and employment in a short time.

Ida-Linn Näzelius believes that the engineers of the future will need competence in sustainability issues.

- I think the view on sustainability has changed. My view is that engineering education has changed and that today's students choose their education with much more awareness than we did in my time. Technological development is incredibly fast. Working at a new steel mill will be something completely different. The digital solutions that have been developed during the pandemic are an excellent example of what we can achieve in a short time if we just work together.

The engineers of the future will also need a broader cultural competence.

- We recruit expertise from all over the world. Therefore, it is important that our employees have an understanding of different cultures.

According to Ida-Linn Näzelius, anyone who chooses to study civil engineering at Luleå University of Technology has exceptionally good prospects of getting an exciting job in the green industry.

- You will make contacts with potential employers already during your studies. We at H2 Green Steel plan to work closely with the university in various project work. It will be about real problem solving of issues that are important to our company, and the solutions will be applied.