Vehicles today consist of many connected computers, so a truck mechanic must be almost as good on computers as tuning engines. Andreas Frisk, 34, works as an analyst technician at our Norrköping workshop. Unlike many of his colleagues, he did not choose a vehicle program in high school, but instead studied automation and robotics.
– I thought I would work with robotic systems in an entirely different industry. I did not think the vehicle industry was something for me. The first time I stepped inside the doors of Arver, I thought, “I will not be here for long.”
Andreas notes that he was wrong, since 14 years later he is still with us – in the vehicle industry. He still enjoys it, not only because the teamwork is superb, but because he is convinced that he has more fun challenges in the vehicle industry than in other industries.
– There is just so much to learn in the vehicle industry. The electrical systems today do not look like they did when I started. It is important to keep up with the technology. Fortunately, we can go to many classes at Scania and other external parts manufacturers.
As an analyst you perform troubleshooting, service and repairs, as well as an additional support for mechanics and service leaders. Thanks to quick analysis, you can quickly plan the job, get the right resources and make sure there are spare parts available. It is an important service with the aim of optimizing the business.
– There is a lot of coordination. For example, I have a lot of contact with Scania and their technical support. One can say that I am the intermediary between the mechanics and Scania. But I might as well be out in the workshop. This job has a lot of variety.
“I did not think the automotive industry was something for me.“
Andreas says that the best thing about the service is the breadth and variety of tasks. The work involves everything from troubleshooting with advanced diagnostic tools to turning a wrench, something that Andreas learned on the job at Arver. He also thinks that it is good that there is the opportunity to continuously develop and adapt his skills.
– You can focus on what you think is fun, whether it’s electronics, mechanics or hydraulics. You can work with Scania Assistance, which can be difficult but it’s also exciting to challenge yourself. You also have to be able to work independently, because sometimes you’re by yourself and get a challenging assignments where you have no idea what the problem is.
Just today, Andreas attended tachograph training in the morning and in the afternoon fixed an issue with a backup camera system. The next task is to troubleshoot a faulty communicator. Tomorrow, when he’s done with the communicator, he does not really know what’s on the agenda. This is a typical day – and it’s how he likes it.
The Electrical and Energy Program (formerly Automation and Robotics) at Carlsund Education Center in Motala – the education that Andreas went to high school:
“The Tempo of the Motor Industry” – An Annual Report by the Motor Industry Appeals Board (MYN):
PM of the Swedish National Agency for Education, which has examined what young people do 1, 3 and 5 years after completing high school studies: