What does it really mean to be a mechanical engineer at Axelent Engineering? Get to know Emil Andersson and his exciting role, and how his journey there has looked.
Who are you? Tell us a little about yourself and your educational background.
I am 25 years old, raised and living in Värnamo. I studied the technical program at Finnvedens gymnasium and then completed a 3-year Mechanical Engineering degree at Jönköping University. In my free time, I do all the things a regular guy my age likes to do. I enjoy hunting and fishing when the opportunity arises, it’s always good to clear my head.
How did your journey at Axelent Engineering begin and what made you want to work here?
I actually had no clear plans for where I would go after completing my university studies. Then I was contacted in late summer 2018 by Axelent Engineering’s consulting office in Huskvarna. They asked if I would be interested in starting my career in mechanics there, which of course I was. After a fairly short time, I was sent to Hillerstorps Specialmaskiner (which was then part of the Axelent group) to support their operations. HSM and AxE became one and the same company. One thing led to another and eventually I ended up in my current role as a Machine Designer at Axelent Engineering in Gislaved.
Can you tell us a bit about what your professional role entails?
As a mechanical designer, I am involved in most aspects of machine building and project management at the company. Often, a project starts with a concept that I and my colleagues on the design team will bring to fruition. A lot of my time is spent tweaking and refining 3D models to find the best solutions.
After our design phase, there is a strong connection to manufacturing, assembly, suppliers, and customers to steer projects to completion and deliver a finished product.
What do you find most inspiring about your job?
What makes my job an absolute pleasure is seeing what we’ve worked on in a 3D environment on the computer slowly but surely come to life in reality. Seeing something that was just an idea in our heads actually work as intended and be tangible.
How would you describe Axelent as a workplace?
I’ve always had great support from knowledgeable colleagues. If you get stuck on something, you can count on us to work together and find a way to overcome any challenge.
Can you describe something you’ve done on the job that you’re particularly proud of or that was particularly fun?
Over the years, I have been involved in many large projects for Thule. Being a part of their machinery overhaul has been exciting, challenging, and has given me many lessons that I can carry forward.