Today, on March 4th, is UNESCO’s World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development. For that reason we give appraisal to engineers and engineering that has had and will have an important role in human welfare and development.

Some of the main trends in engineering at the moment, in addition to sustainability, are the digital twin design and maintenance, virtual site inspection, 3D printing as well as AI and robotics deployment. Behind all the innovations there is hard work of engineers. Therefore we asked our engineers, the Citecians, what drives them in their work.

What drives you in your work?

My daily motivator as a technology enthusiast has always been the possibility to see technology promises emerging as everyday implementations. For example, digital robots seemed quite far-fetched idea some years ago, yet here I am today casually teaching a robot about some special intricacies in our customer PDM system and CAD/CAE software so that it can work independently with the designs. Seeing the progress and the shift from mundane tasks to more important and creative pursuits gives me the energy to return at the desk time after time.

Markus Rintala, Head of Digital Solutions at Citec

Why did you choose a career in engineering?

When I was a child, I visited my father’s work place several times. It was exciting to see big engines, old school drawing tables and computers. I also got to know different cultures as he worked in a global company and travelled a lot, bringing souvenirs to the family. For a young child, these were very interesting things. After high school, I knew I wanted to study in English because of the cultural aspect and about production, to become an engineer.

Terhi Päivike, Director of Product Engineering at Citec


Together we design solutions that help solve local and global challenges. Let’s keep up the good work!

Do you want to get to know more Citecians? Check out our career stories.