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Hämeenkyrö Vocational College, Hämeenkyrö and Parkano Campus

Automation Assembler

An automation assembler installs, uses, services and performs maintenance tasks for industrial electric machinery and equipment. Automation assemblers are specialised industrial electricians. In addition to technical know-how, the profession requires an ability to work independently as well as cooperation skills.

Automation assemblers work in industrial companies, waterworks and within food and pharmaceutical industries. Automation assemblers may also work as electricians.


A builder is a versatile construction field professional whose diverse tasks may include nearly all work related to building houses or constructing out of concrete. He or she works at sites where new constructions are being built or older buildings are being renovated.

The profession requires manual skills, problem-solving skills, capacity for independent working and good physical condition.

Builders mainly work for construction companies and the construction product industry.


A cook plans and prepares meals for restaurant customers. The work includes the pre-processing, processing and cooking of different raw materials and semi-finished products. The profession requires manual skills, creativity and good senses of colour, taste and smell.

Cooks work in different restaurants, industrial kitchens, cafes, and event and catering companies.


An electrician performs installations of electrical, telecommunications and other systems at construction sites. He or she also repairs and services electrical equipment in industrial and energy plants and service companies. The profession requires technical know-how, accuracy and care as well as ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Electricians work in electrical contracting companies, or within the energy industry, the electronics and electrical industry and the machine and metal industry.


A machinist manufactures metal pieces and machine parts through different processing methods. In addition to manually operated machines, parts are manufactured with computer-operated machine tools. The profession requires knowledge of processing technologies, work machines and materials used, as well as accuracy, care and cooperation skills.

Machinists mainly work in machine shops and metal workshops.


A plater-welder manufactures products from metal plates according to technical drawings, using different manual and computer-aided sheet metal work and welding machines. In addition to the mastery of metal processing technologies and knowledge of materials, the profession requires, for example, an ability to read technical drawings, quality consciousness and good cooperation skills.

Plater-welders work in machine shops, workshops, dockyards, repair shops and factories. Plater-welders may also work in different fields, such as the construction industry.

Practical Nurse

The work of a practical nurse is basic care work consisting of educational, care and rehabilitation tasks. The wide-ranging qualification provides the preconditions for flexible transitions within the social and health care sector. Human relation and interaction skills are central in the profession.

Practical nurses work in daycare, schools, home services, service and activity centres for the disabled, day hospitals, health centre wards, assisted living communities, retirement homes and hospitals.

Pre-vocational studies

These studies have been developed for the transition point between basic education and upper secondary level. They are aimed at supporting successful transitions from one level to the next as well as endorsing the continuity of students’ lifelong study tracks.

Prior to starting education leading to an upper secondary vocational qualification, students may apply for pre-vocational programmes preparing for vocational studies, where necessary.

The studies are directed at young people without a clear idea of their career choice or without sufficient capabilities to apply for or cope with vocational studies.  The studies last approximately one year (60 credits) and each student studies in accordance with his or her individual study plan. We provide the students with the opportunity to:

Process Operator

A process operator does process control, performs small daily maintenance and repair tasks, supervises the condition of equipment and product quality and works in cooperation with maintenance personnel. The profession requires care, attentiveness, responsibility and suitability for three-shift work.

Process operators work within the chemical, paper, food and brewing industries and in water treatment plants and power plants.

Vehicle Mechanic

A vehicle mechanic repairs cars, vans and trucks and provides periodic maintenance on them. The work requires a versatile command of technology, manual skills and customer service skills.

Vehicle mechanics work in car dealerships, car repair shops and transportation companies. They may also work in an industry that produces vehicle bodies, special- purpose vehicles and trailers.

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