– In the course, Workplace Analysis, the students first learn about methods for mapping and analysing work environments, and then test them in practice. Projects in real workplaces help students gain knowledge that they have direct use of in their working lives. Our roles as teachers are to guide and support the students in their independent work, says Joel Lööw, PhD student in Human Work Science, who also teaches the course.
Future industries need design engineers
Billerud Korsnäs Karlsborg has a long-term goal of becoming a risk and incident free workplace and turned to Luleå University of Technology to achieve this.
– The research group in Human Work Science research at Luleå University of Technology has long and solid experience of working with process industries in Norrbotten, says Maria Sarady, Process Engineer at Billerud Korsnäs Karlsborg, and continues:
– We can also see that it is very useful for students to come out on-site to gain an understanding of industrial production. We hope they will consider health and safety as a possible career path. It is an area with major challenges and we need to design safe working environments to avoid workplace injuries.
Presentation an important part of the course
After seven weeks of work, the students presented their results for classmates, teachers and representatives from Billerud Korsnäs Karlsborg. Being able to carry out a well prepared and clear presentation, and to respond to the company's questions, is also an important experience for the students.
– The students were well prepared and presented results that are in line with our planned activities, but also results that we have not thought of and which we can benefit from. This is a collaboration that Billerud Korsnäs wishes to continue and that we hope to develop, concludes Maria Sarady.