Name: Maurice Gawarammana
Title: Design Manager
Duration of employment: 19 years
Superpower: Problem-solving skill. “When I see a problem, I quickly start developing a solution.”
Motto:“There is a solution to everything in the end.”
What do others not know? I’ve tamed nearly every sea.
The image we have of a designer is often a person sitting at a desk drawing diagrams and instructions on paper on how the work should be done. We might think that the designer only works in his own studio, and not at all on the construction site and that is up to the employee to find out what the designer has meant in his diagrams. Maurice from Promeco testifies that fortunately, this is not always the case.
A JOURNEY TO PROMECO
Maurice Gawarammana comes from Sri Lanka. He came to Finland 33 years ago. He studied engineering at Vaasa University of Technology and did summer jobs for a local renovation company. One day he testified how a skilled young co-worker fell down from the scaffolding and died. That’s when he began to wonder if he could do something else. The teacher understood Maurice’s concern and gave him the phone number of Promeco. Promeco was looking for a skilled and committed 3D designer. Maurice’s first contact with Promeco was a summer job in 1999. He realized that he felt drawn to electrotechnical and mechanical systems.
After graduation, Maurice wanted to seek more experience. He went to do flight structure design for Patria. With Patria, Maurice got used to working abroad. In Toulouse, for example, he was involved in designing and building landing wings for an Airbus 380 aircraft. After Patria’s work was completed, Promeco grabbed this professional back in 2002. Maurice now works at Promeco as a design manager and handles various ship-related design and installation projects.
“I initially worked as an expert, but as we started to have more work and had to employ more designers, I ended up in a supervisory position. I had accumulated so much experience in the field and had been developing and planning from start to finish in so many projects that the transition was natural. You can only learn this work by doing it. ”
THERE IS NO DESCRIPTION FOR A REGULAR PROMECO DAY
Maurice’s typical workday includes a lot of planning and customer meetings at Teams. Maurice sighs that there should sometimes be more hours on the clock. Despite the occasional rush, Maurice enjoys his job at Promeco. The work is varied and can be done independently and freely. “I wouldn’t change anything from the work environment. I have a good team with whom I feel safe. ”
Design projects are often long and can take anything from six months to a year and a half and sometimes even longer. The work begins when an order is received, for example, for the design of the thermal insulation of the engines in the engine room of a large cruise ship. First, Maurice goes on board to audit the engine room and make a comprehensive report on the tasks required. Planning starts when the scope of the project is clear, and the customer has given his approval.
Maurice’s work focuses on the fire safety of the world’s largest passenger ships. He therefore travels a lot around the world and especially on the seas. “Ships are demanding projects. Everything always starts from scratch, so nothing is given ready. We are responsible for the entire project lifecycle – design, manufacture, and installation, ”says Maurice.
Demandingness is one of the best aspects of the job, because although the job can be challenging, it has also provided Maurice a lot of experience. He therefore emphasizes that everyone should be bold in their choices. Work can really enrich the worldview. “I’ve seen the world from almost every angle. I have, for example, seen almost every Caribbean island, crossed the Panama Canal, and sailed across the Atlantic. ”
Maurice also appreciates the fact that work can be done with different people and different nationalities. He’s always left with something that can be remembered afterwards. “In this job, it is professionalism that matters. When you’re on a ship, it doesn’t matter what nationality you are. The work is done together. All this is crowned by the good feedback received from the customer at the end of the project. ”
Maurice recommends Promeco as a workplace for anyone interested in design assignments. “This is no ordinary design office type job, as here the designer is allowed to be involved throughout the process from auditing to design and from fabrication to installation. Promeco gives you a good opportunity to learn design on many levels, not just at the computer screen.”