In Adven’s central control room, safety always comes first
Sami Naukkarinen has just recently switched from the role of control room operator to control room supervisor. He joined the company 20 years ago, and over the years has taken care of the control room systems’ maintenance and assisted the control room supervisor.
Together with the control room manager, the control room supervisor must keep many moving parts in check. The tasks include preparing work-shift lists, guidelines and material. Naukkarinen says the best part of his job, however, is the variety of the tasks:
“Sometimes it means being a jack of all trades. Every week, new things come up and the chance to always learn something new keeps the work interesting. Of course, there is a lot of routine work, such as drawing up reports, but when analyzing the data, you learn a lot.”
The control room staff’s grasp of a plant is not, however, limited to the control room’s view. When a new plant is commissioned, the control room staff also learn about the system at the plant itself.
“Without on-site training, staff would only have a superficial understanding of the new system. A local plant operator, who knows the plant like the back of his hand and can offer the best information, is also always on hand to support the control room,” says Naukkarinen.
The job of a control room operator is clear: the most important thing is to keep the customer’s energy production running, as safely and cost-effectively as possible.
According to Naukkarinen, working in the control room is also gratifying. Resolving problem situations brings a sense of accomplishment. With increasing experience, the control room operator becomes adept at interpreting the signs and alarms and can predict the start of a problem situation well in advance.
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