Below we ask some questions to Viktor Grundström Mattsson:
What have you been working with at Boliden?
"I started my journey with Boliden in the summer of 2017 when I did my internship which is part of the education. I got to know the entire value chain from exploration to beneficiation, later also smelting. I got stuck during this time for field exploration. It's like a real treasure hunt.
After a few summers with Boliden, it was time for my degree project which I started in the summer of 2019, in which I mapped, collected geochemical data and interpreted geophysical data in an attempt to evaluate the potential for an ore horizon in the Strömfors area. We worked with geology in a more modern way than how people have previously worked in Sweden."
Is this something you want to work with in the future?
"I absolutely want to continue with exploration, after the Strömfors project I am stuck. The fact that the area where I spent a whole summer mostly alone can now become a workplace for many others really gives a feeling that my work can make a difference.
Since I feel better outside than in an office landscape, it is a luxury to work outside. Thanks to my education, I have had the chance to work in absolutely fantastic environments from Kiruna in the north to Falun in the south and I hope that when the Covid restrictions are eased, there will be a few weeks of work abroad.
Boliden as an employer is an excellent place to start your career as there is so much knowledge here and there is a culture of learning from each other."
Do you benefit from your education in natural resources engineering?
"I have benefited incredibly much from my education and above all the breadth. Exploration projects require the many people from very different fields and specializations work together, and here I feel my time in Luleå is incredibly helpful because you know a little about everything and it means that you can much more freely specialize when you get into working life, and communication with colleagues (geophysicists or chemists) is much easier when you learned about their subject in your studies. This allows us to brainstorm ideas and discuss solutions to problems effectively and our knowledge overlaps a little more than if I was just educated in geology."
Do you have any advice for those who are considering applying for the program?
"If you enjoy the outdoors, natural resource engineering is definitely a program for you, but even if you do not, there are a plethora of professions that are all special in their own way but exciting and important problems to solve for a greener and more resource-efficient society. I applied a bit at random but I have not regretted it for a second that I started studying at Luleå University of Technology."