It all started as sort of a coincidence while searching for a trainee position, which is a mandatory part of the engineering education in Denmark. When I looked at the list of possible employers, MAKEEN Energy, formerly Kosan Crisplant, had just been added to the list. Lucky for me! I applied, got an interview with the former R&D Manager, and started work the following February.
After the internship, I went back to school to finish my education in electronic engineering and upon graduation, I went back to work for MAKEEN Energy; this time on a limited contract to finish my graduation project, which was to see if it was possible to fill more than one cylinder at a time with only one mass flow meter, using the principle of 'additive filling'.
The mass flow meter thing turned out not to be a feasible idea, but as we all know today, 'additive filling' works fine with 5 load cells instead, the way it is done on our high-speed filling system Flexspeed.
By the time the mass flow project was canceled, I was already poking my nose into other aspects of the company's PC software and CUC controller, having lots of ideas, and wanting to contribute to the further development of the electronic filling and maintenance system. In the end, this led to a regular employment contract.
My current job
I design and develop software, primarily for the original CUC unit and now also for the new MUC. This includes both new features and improvements on existing equipment. Sometimes I also travel to various destinations around the world for commissioning of new installations (mostly Flexspeed) or if we are to test new equipment such as the Body Leak Carousel.
I also have quite a big interest in mechanics as well as a past as electrician, which is often a benefit when working on-site, where our CUC/MUC software, mechanical components, pneumatics, and power panel must work together in order for the entire system to work.
The best thing about working for MAKEEN Energy
In MAKEEN Energy, there is a huge amount of freedom. If you feel something could benefit the company, there will be no objection to going ahead with it. Of course, this also requires a high level of responsibility, since we always have to consider the current projects and various deadlines over the development of 'nice to have' features.