Uusia tekstiilialan ammattilaisia
Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulusta 

Insinööri (AMK) -tasoinen Textile and Material Engineering -koulutusohjelma alkoi TAMKissa tänä syksynä. Koulutusohjelma on englanninkielinen vastaten alan globaaliin osaamistarpeeseen. Opintojen aikana opiskelijat tutustuvat laajasti tekstiilimateriaaleihin ja -prosesseihin kuiduista valmiiksi tuotteiksi. Kantavina teemoina ovat vastuullisuus, kiertotalous sekä tulevaisuuden tekstiili- ja muotiteollisuus. Koulutuksen kesto on neljä vuotta, joten uusia ammattilaisia valmistuu vasta muutaman vuoden kuluttua. Kuitenkin jo tulevana kesänä opiskelijat suorittavat käytännön harjoittelua. Koulutusohjelman seuraava hakukierros alkaa heti tammikuun alussa.

Kysyimme muutamalta opiskelijalta kuulumisia opintoihin hakeutumisesta ja niiden alkamisesta. Osa vastauksista on englanniksi, koska kaikille opiskelijoille suomi ei ole käyttökieli. Tekstiililehden numerossa 4-2022 on julkaistu lyhennetty versio jutusta. 

  Kuva: Jenni Moberg 

 Unna Örn

• What is your background?

I have completed the Finnish Matriculation Examination in 2015. After graduation, I held two gap years, during which I studied art and worked as au pair in Australia. After the gap years, I started studying Fashion Technology at Heriot-Watt university in Scotland. I graduated in 2021 with a degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours. After graduation, I worked for a little over a year as an office assistant in a patternmaking company in Rovaniemi, Finland before starting my textile engineering studies at TAMK.

• Why did you apply for the Textile and Material Engineering programme?

I applied to the Textile and Material Engineering programme because I had been interested in textile engineering since my second year of studying at Heriot-Watt where I first heard about the field. I find the variety of textiles and their different properties, especially those of technical textiles, interesting. There is also currently a lot of fibre manufacturing and -recycling development happening especially in Finland which I find fascinating and am keen to become part of.

• What do you expect from your studies?

I expect to get a profound knowledge of different fibre-, yarn- and textile properties and their manufacturing methods. I await to get insight into the global textile industry, understand its challenges and get tools to help solve them. I also expect to familiarize myself with the Finnish textile industry, its innovations, and the companies working in it.

• How have the studies started?

The studies have started well. During the first semester, we have not had many textile-specific courses, but we have had natural science courses which I find important for any engineer. The textile-related courses we have had so far have been inspiring and have offered new ideas to me.

• What goals and thoughts do you have about your career after studies?

Currently, I would most like to work with fibre- or technical textiles development. However, I am aware that the textile industry offers many opportunities, and I would not mind trying my hands on different fields to see which suits me the best. I hope to find internships that further my future career aspirations during my studies.

 

Jenni Moberg

       What is your background?

Perustin yhtiökumppanini kanssa Patternsfrom Agencyn vuonna 2019. Yritys on kasvanut nopeasti Pohjoismaiden suurimmaksi tekstiili- ja pintasuunnittelupalveluita tarjoavaksi tahoksi. Patternsfrom Agency edustaa yhdeksää suomalaista, korkeakoulutettua tekstiilisuunnittelijaa.

       Why did you apply for the Textile and Material Engineering programme?

Minulla on aiempi KTM-tutkinto Hankenilta, joten paluu koulun penkille 20 vuoden tauon jälkeen ei ollut itsestäänselvää. Työssäni olen kuitenkin huomioinut, että tekstiilituotannon tekninen ymmärtäminen ei tee haittaa myyjälle, joten hain mukaan TAMKin uuteen koulutusohjelmaan. Saatuani tiedon sisäänpääsystä alkoikin vimmattu lukion matematiikan, kemian ja fysiikan kertaus. Ainoastaan Pythagoraan lause on pysynyt mielessä - sekin pitkälti vanhan Kemiönsaaressa sijaitsevan talon korjausprojektin vuoksi.

       How have the studies started?

Opinnot ovat tarjonneet mukavasti muistinvirkistystä, uusia oivalluksia, ja ehkä opiskelutekniikkakin on vuosien saatossa jalostunut.

       What goals and thoughts do you have about your career after studies?

Pyrimme kasvattamaan Patternsfrom Agencyä entisestään, ja tarjoamaan jatkossa asiakkaillemme entistä kokonaisvaltaisempia palveluita ei vain muotoilun vaan myös tekstiiliteknologian ja materiaalien saralla. Verkostoidun mielelläni kanssasi jo tässä vaiheessa opintoja, jotta hahmotelma yritysten todellisista tarpeista olisi mahdollisimman todenmukainen.

 

Arsenii Matarkin

       What is your background?

I have finished high school and now I study in TAMK to be a textile engineer.

       Why did you apply for the Textile and Material Engineering programme?

I studied chemistry and biology before, so I wanted to education where I could harness my interests in those. I also wanted to contribute to change in the contemporary attribution of humanity to clothing and to know better what it requires to create one. The programme of textile engineering appeared interesting as it was addressing the environmental sustainability problem from a specific point. Additionally, I am interested in fashion this had affected my choice since I am interested in how are the things we wear become themselves.

During the studies I expect to learn more about the properties of textiles and how they can be manipulated to achieve a variety of different applications for one material, learn about the sources, means of manufacturing and environmental impacts of materials, and get to know how the business of the sphere works.

       How have the studies started?

My studies have started a bit rough. From devastation to inspiration there is a short path as I have found out, and it lingers me back and forth learning about the textile industry and other aspects of the studies. However, this does not annihilate my motivation to proceed with the education and I'm looking forward to what else it may present.

       What goals and thoughts do you have about your career after studies?

In the future, I would like to do research and development of new textiles or technology and processes that reduce emissions of textiles into the environment. However, I am happy to begin the familiarization with the industry from the basic aspects when I get an internship. I’m a young and ambitious employee for the summer.

  Kuva: TAMK

 

Oona Kuusisto

·        What is your background?

My background is just from high school but after that, I applied three times to study economics. 

·        Why did you apply for the Textile and Material Engineering programme?

I decided to give up on my dream of economics and try something new. I was just scrolling thru the university pages of what was available, that´s how I found this degree. I investigated it, and it sounded interesting. I never really thought that I would apply to study as an engineer but here we are.

·        How have the studies started?

I expect our studies to be informative towards the textile industry, not just that we study the technical side, but it would be nice to learn about the textile industry as a business as well. I expect that we will become experts in our own field at some point and I hope this degree gives me good possibilities for working life.

I think the studies have started okay. Some things are of course difficult to understand in the beginning but I´m looking forward to learning new things every day. It was a bit shock to me that there aren´t more students in this field but I think that is an opportunity as well.

·        What goals and thoughts do you have about your career after studies?

My goal or my wish is to work with sportswear after I have graduated because I have worn so much and so many kinds of sportswear in my life. So, it would be really cool to work with maybe quality testing or product development. I really hope there is a job market for me in the future. Fashion interests me quite a lot as well so maybe that could give me a job in the future. Who knows, we´ll see and I´m looking forward to these new paths that I´m taking.

 

Terhi Nenonen 

·        What is your background? 

I was born and raised in the East of Finland, and I have always been surrounded by artisans.

From an early age learned to appreciate the ability to be creative and admired anything homemade no matter how big or small.  I studied bachelor’s degree in Clothing Design at the Kuopio Academy of Design and after graduating headed off to the UK to live and work. I trained as an alteration seamstress while working in Bristol UK.  I was then headhunted to work for a small independent boutique, which offered in-house alteration service for its customers. After welcoming my family, I worked as a self-employed seamstress. 

For the past six years, I worked for John Lewis in Bristol as a menswear sales assistant and product specialist. I was trained by brand representatives and by the John Lewis buying team on product knowledge, tailoring, and trends ahead of every new season. 

Working for a large retail company allowed me to follow the changes toward sustainability within the company. BCI cotton (Better Cotton Initiative) had been around for some time. Then arrived recycled polyester for swimwear and soon followed closer to-home production, like men’s jerseys which were made in Portugal. Finally, the launch of the Indie collection for men celebrated all things sustainable and rejoiced in the exclusivity of the small brands. The business that I worked for was waking up to sustainability in fashion. The media started to report on the negative impact of fashion on the environment and Finland was emerging as a think tank for new cellulose-based fibres. 

• Why did you apply for the Textile and Material Engineering programme?

When I came across the new study program offered by TAMK, I felt my time was to try something new.  Though I did not have a clear vision of what my career in the future will include, I envisage a change that I wanted to be part of. There are several fields of possible future employment for the new textile and material engineers. There is the development of new fibres and reusing and repurposing the old ones. Development of environmentally friendly processes from fibre production to garment manufacturing. There is also a big attention on businesses and their responsibility in all this. How will we convince profit-focused businesses to see the opportunity in sustainability and circular economy? Then finally there are you and me, the consumers who will be asked to consider the way we buy, use and recycle. And we come to the mammoth task of recycling processes, which currently are insufficient and need to be configured in order to move from a linear textile industry towards a circular one. Just writing this out I feel overwhelmed but equally excited. Opportunities in this field are vast! 

• How have the studies started?

After the first months of studies behind me, I am very impressed by the variety of different angles I have been observing and studying the textile field. There have been interesting talks from several industry insiders, company representatives, and even a factory visit to mention a few highlights. I have also knuckled down to crack open some physics formulas and to examine textile fibres through a microscope. All this gives me a reason to hope that the coming months and years, though demanding, will also be enriching and very informative. I am hoping for interesting collaborations with other universities, research projects together with businesses, and connections with companies at the time of my studies.

·        What goals and thoughts do you have about your career after studies? 

Whatever happens, I am convinced that there is something very discussion-provoking about the field of textiles at this moment. Fashion and textiles are indeed something that touches us all in one way or another. The question I hope to find an answer to during my studies is how we can develop the industry towards sustainability, without harming communities or creating negative human costs by reducing production.  But in fact, heal the environment and enrich the lives within our society?

 

Marjo Ojakoski

       What is your background?

Hei! Olen Marjo Ojakoski, ensimmäisen vuoden innokas tekstiili- ja materiaali-insinööriopiskelija. Opintojen ohessa pyöritän ystävieni kanssa Vohvelikierre-nimistä yritystä, joka valmistaa muun muassa hiuspyyhkeitä ja kylpytakkeja. Minulla on aiempi tutkinto kauppatieteistä ja olen työskennellyt muutaman vuoden ajan hankinnan ja logistiikan aiheiden parissa.

       Why did you apply for the Textile and Material Engineering programme?

Tekstiiliostajana toiminut äitini opetti minut tutkimaan vaatteiden materiaalimerkintöjä, ja niin innostuin selvittelemään tekstiilien kuituja ja niiden ominaisuuksia. Vuosien varrella etsin useamman kerran tekstiili-insinööriopintoja, ja kun huomasin opetuksen alkavan uudelleen TAMK:issa, en voinut olla kokeilematta onneani.

       What do you expect from your studies?

Odotan opinnoilta kattavaa osaamista eri kuidusta, tuotantoteknologioista ja tekstiilien kiertotaloudesta sekä ymmärrystä tekstiilialan nykytilasta ja haasteista, joiden parissa tulemme työskentelemään valmistuttuamme.

       How have the studies started?

Opinnot ovat lähteneet käytiin oikein hyvin. Meitä on mahtava porukka ja kurssit ovat olleet sopivan haastavia.

       What goals and thoughts do you have about your career after your studies? 

Haluan olla tulevaisuudessa mukana tekemässä laadukkaita ja vastuullisia suomalaisia tekstiilejä. Voisin nähdä itseni tuotekehityksen, toimitusketjun hallinnan tai liiketoiminnan kehittämisen tehtävissä, mutta tässä vaiheessa opintoja haluan kuitenkin pitää kaikki mahdollisuudet avoinna, sillä tekstiilialalla voi olla paljon kiinnostavampia töitä kuin osaan kuvitellakaan.