Bo Wettermark

Electrician

“It was my calling to become an electrician”

As a child, Bo Wettermark loved to build radio-controlled boats and tinkered with amateur radio equipment. It seemed obvious to embark on the same path as his father – and become an electrician.

Hoses, wires and high voltage are all part of Bo Wettermark’s everyday life; he works as a coordinator in Ljunghäll’s electrical department. He and his colleagues maintain all the machines to ensure that they are functioning properly, and are on call if any of the electronics break down.

"We try to ensure that there are no unplanned halts in the production line.

Electronics have always been a big part of Bo’s life; his dad was an electrician and it didn’t take him long to decide to follow in his father’s footsteps.

“I’ve come into my own here. You might say that it was my calling.

Bo’s career at Ljunghäll began with a summer job on the production team. It was only after he completed his electrician studies in Hultsfred that he got a job as an electrician. For a while, Bo ran his own company and worked in various industries, but after seven years he came back to Ljunghäll. Today he is the coordinator and purchasing manager of the electrical department.

“Ljunghäll is one of the best places I’ve ever worked. And nothing beats working with electricity.

Today’s electricians are more professionally advanced than ever before, and the job requires a knowledge of both IT and communication, i.e. how to connect different systems to each other.

“The line between electricity and data is becoming more and more blurred,” says Bo.

It’s essential to regularly attend courses and training programs in order to keep up with advancements in the industry, and Bo’s job gives him the opportunity to do just that.

What are your best tips for someone who might be considering a career as an electrician?

– “Take an internship to see what it’s like, or come visit us here on a field trip. Working in the industry isn’t as dirty and mucky as it could be back in the old days; it’s a good career and a lot of things are automated nowadays.”

Electrician

It is possible to train to become an electrician in a high school-level electricity and energy program; after that it’s normal to work as an apprentice for a year. Vocational colleges also offer education programs with a specialization in electrical installation.

It is believed that the need for installation electricians will increase over the next 10 years.

Bo Wettermark

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