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Johanna Brehmer, project manager at Stenvalls Trä and alumnus at Luleå University of Technology. Photo: Ted Karlsson. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Johanna recommends the wood industry

Published: 20 October 2016

In 2009, Johanna Brehmer took her degree at MsC in Wood Technology at Luleå University of Technology. Now she works as a project manager at Stenvalls Trä in Sikfors, a role she thrives in. She would like to see more people enter the exciting and challenging wood industry.

How does a normal day at work look like?

– A typical day at work? There is no typical day at work! I have very varied assignments and do everything from being out in the production and help the operators of systems, product quality and working methods, to participate in research and development groups. It can also be a customer visit or being in charge of large investment projects as well as working with sales and production budgets.

What's most fun about your job?

– I'm very happy with the great variety in my work, that I can make own priorities to a large extent. It is amazingly stimulating, challenging and above all, fun to be a part of such a strong growing company in an industry that does so much for Sweden.

How did the education help you in the workplace?

– My education has given me a solid foundation from where I can learn more. I learn something every day, and I am constantly developing, both as a person and in my professional capacity. I have with me an understanding of how to work and also lots of technical knowledge of both material and production stages we work with.

What makes the wood industry interesting?

– The wood industry is a strong industry with huge potential! Wood is an exciting new material that is just right in terms of environmental thinking and development potential. Everything from wooden houses that bind more carbon than they produce during production, to tricky composite material with all possible usage areas.

Do you have any advice to give to anyone thinking of applying to the Bachelor Programme in Wood Engineering at Luleå University of Technology in Skellefteå?

– No advice, just do it! I ended up in the wood sector brand almost on accident and I really enjoy myself. We need more talented young women and men that can drive both the industry and the material ahead of us! Also remember to have fun. Get involved in student activities, make new friends, network with industry. Take the opportunity to do as many real life projects as possible, then you make important contacts for the future and they see what you have to offer to industry and research.

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