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Describe your journey at Saab!
I started working here by pure coincidence on 16/11/1987. Since then, the time has flown by. I started as an assembly worker on an civilan aircraft. After that I did component assembly for a few years. In 1991-92, I helped to modify the seats aboard another aircraft. In the summer of -92, I began working on final assembly for the Jas 39 Gripen. I worked there until the summer of -06 when I moved over to Hangar operations, where I have remained to this day. Over the years, I have received training and taken courses at Saab's industrial school.
A typical day for me at Saab is not so easy to describe, after all, there are not very many people who work with something like this.
It starts when we receive an aircraft from one of our squadrons. The fuel from the tanks are removed and it is taken up to our hangar. This is where we perform an external inspection of the aircraft to check that everything looks OK. Then the hatches are removed and the equipment is taken out so we can gain access. Then it's simply a case of getting stuck in. As the modification work consists largely of system updates, it is basically a case of replacing cables. The work takes around 4 weeks. Once everything is finished, all of the equipment is put back in place again. We then perform a function test to check that the aircraft can "fly" even though it stays on the ground. It is then flown for real to check that everything is OK.
What do you enjoy most about working at Saab?
One big plus is the healthcare fitness centre, which offers very good training opportunities. But I still think the most important thing is that you enjoy your work, and I must say that I have. I have been fortunate enough to have had lots of great and fun colleagues over the years.
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Why did you choose Saab?
Because there are lots of different and exciting challenges in lots of different fields here. We have world-class manufacturing in Sweden and a great environment for me to develop as a leader.
What do you think it takes to be successful at Saab?
I believe that building trust in others is crucial for cooperation and achieving goals. I am who I am and understanding this as a leader without pretending to be someone else creates trust in others. Among our employees we have incredible amounts of knowledge in everything we do. It is important to take advantage of this and it is everyone's responsibility to do so.
For me it is crucial to keep a balance between my work and personal life, because when I feel good I perform well. I recognise that there is a strong link and if I can spread positive energy to others, I can improve performance.
Describe the culture?
From day one as a new employee I was made to feel involved and encouraged to reflect and give my thoughts about decisions. In the workshop where I work, we have real diversity in terms of gender, age and background. This makes our work very interesting as we complement one another when it comes to solving problems.
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