Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have any questions related to automotive manufacturing? On this page, we have collected questions we have frequently heard from applicants. Have a look, they might prove helpful to you!
DO I HAVE TO KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT CARS TO APPLY FOR A JOB AS A CAR BUILDER?
We don’t require applicants to have any knowledge about cars. You will receive comprehensive training for your job. A modern automotive factory is an assembly plant where carefully designed processes ensure that the product will match the relevant specifications. You only need to focus on your own important part of the process.
SHOULD I SUBMIT AN APPLICATION EVEN IF MY EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND IS NOT RELATED TO CARS AT ALL?
What we value most are applicants who want to produce good quality, are interested in learning new things and have the ability to work well with others as a member of a team. A wide range of vocational training backgrounds can provide the capabilities and qualities we expect from our car builders. Our highly skilled car builders include former beauticians and bakers, for example. An education related to the automotive sector may be an advantage in certain jobs but, for most of our jobs, the applicant’s educational background is not crucial.
IS BUILDING CARS PHYSICALLY DEMANDING?
Building cars is physical work, but we have had a strong focus on ergonomics and workplace safety for several decades now. In general assembly, for example, the body of the car is on a conveyor at a height that makes the work tasks as easy as possible. The heavy work stages have been automated and the assembly of the components is made easier by a wide range of technological solutions. In addition, job rotation can be used to switch duties within teams or rotate between different job roles.
IS BUILDING CARS A REPETITIVE ASSEMBLY LINE JOB?
Building cars at the Valmet Automotive factory hasn’t been an assembly line job since the 1970s. Cars are built in teams whose members can alternate between different tasks, and each task involves many different stages. The goal is for all car builders to master 3–4 different work stages to enable team members to smoothly alternate between tasks during breaks, for example. Working at the automotive factory does not mean spending all day tightening the same nut over and over again.
WHAT DOES THE PAY CONSIST OF?
New employees are assigned either to group 1 (no work experience), group 2 (more than one year of work experience) or group 3 (more than five years of work experience). The starting pay and pay tiers will be determined according to this classification during the first six months of employment. From the first day, the starting pay is the pay for the job in question pursuant to the collective agreement, which depends on the demands of the job + Valmet Automotive’s Hero Bonus. The total remuneration also includes shift work bonuses, working time averaging bonuses, performance bonuses, other potential bonuses pursuant to the collective agreement, such as emergency work bonuses, overtime compensation, compensation for working on weekday public holidays, compensation related to annual holidays and employee benefits.
CAN A WOMAN WORK AS A CAR BUILDER?
About one third of our car builders are women. In many cases, we find that women have the long attention span, precision and dexterity needed in this line of work. Being physically small is not a problem either. Women are just as capable of working at an automotive factory as men.
WHAT IS A SUITABLE AGE FOR A CAR BUILDER?
In our most recent round of recruitment, the youngest hires were under 20 years of age and the oldest ones were over 50. Age is no obstacle. We look for applicants who are of working age and are physically capable of doing the work.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO CHANGE JOBS?
Especially in general assembly, where the majority of our car builders work, the employees are trained to operate in multiple positions and they can switch jobs within their teams during the day. Where possible, we also try to fill vacancies internally. A change of team or department is possible if there’s a good match between a vacancy and the individual’s skill set. Being promoted to a supervisory role is also possible.
WHAT RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES DOES THE AUTOMOTIVE FACTORY PROVIDE FOR EMPLOYEES?
Employee well-being is a high priority for the company, which is why there is diverse support available for the recreational activities of the Uusikaupunki automotive factory’s personnel. One of the employee benefits enjoyed by personnel is ePassi, a flexible mobile phone-based pass that can be used to pay for services at the Uusikaupunki indoor swimming pool, the Vahterusring ski indoor skiing facility, Aquarius Bowling and several fitness centres. All employees are also offered free access to Hobby House Laturi, which includes a fitness centre, cardio studios, table tennis, a pool table, video game consoles and a knitting room with a weaving loom. The factory’s personnel also have their own football team, FC Valmet Automotive, as well as groups for floorball, running, futsal, knitting and crafts. The indoor ice rink is also reserved for Valmet Automotive employees once a week.
IS THE AUTOMOTIVE FACTORY AN INTERNATIONAL WORKPLACE?
More than 70 nationalities are represented at the Uusikaupunki automotive factory. The factory’s customers are practically all located outside Finland, as are many of its partners. Nevertheless, all instructions, reports and other such materials used in car production are in Finnish, and Finnish is the language used in production operations. The factory is a visibly and increasingly international place of employment, but the workplace culture emphasises unity.
MUST ONE SPEAK FINNISH TO WORK AT UUSIKAUPUNKI PLANT?
We have two working languages at the Uusikaupunki plant, Finnish and English. We offer work training in English, and our work instructions are available both in Finnish and English. The number of non-Finnish speaking employees at the Uusikaupunki plant is growing steadily.