Join our team: Sales Engineer – Projects

Do you want to work in a responsible position, within a high technology company and in an international environment? We are looking for an experienced Sales Engineer to market and introduce our technology on a global level.

Galvatek is one of the leading suppliers of surface treatment plants globally. We have delivered over 600 plants over the past 40 years. We offer customer-tailored plant projects, from initial design to turnkey delivery and related support services.

Galvatek belongs to the Belgian CMI group and its surface treatment division which is one of the leading and growing actors in the global surface treatment market.

About CMI Group

For more than 200 years, CMI has been providing answers to the needs of its times.

Today, CMI catalyses opportunities by conceiving, modernizing and maintaining equipment in the fields of energy, defence, industry, environment and rail. With more than 6,000 collaborators, it achieves a turnover of 1.3 billion euros from its head office in Seraing (Belgium) and its numerous implantations Europe, the United States, Africa, Brazil, Russia, India, New Caledonia and China.

Job description

We are looking for a technical orientated Sales Engineer to our projects department in Lahti.

As Sales Engineer you will be a member in our sales team where you actively participate in marketing actions as well as offer preparation / pricing and quotation presentations to the customers. The quotation presentations to the customers includes both technical and commercial argumentation so you must be able to present these in the first stage and receive the customer reactions. Our main customers are in the global aviation industry worldwide having high expectations besides technology also on our personnel.

Sales Engineer will coordinate his work with business area managers and offering team. He will also personally make offers including pricing and factory planning. Besides personal contact calls, sales and marketing visits and other sales activities he will organise and run strategically important marketing activities e.g. symposiums and exhibitions.

The Employee undertakes to perform also other work duties indicated by the Employer within his directive powers. When needed you may also need to act as a project manager.

Our markets are global, and you are prepared to travel 60-70 days a year and keep in contact with existing and new potential customers. You will also need to collaborate with our sales partners and sister companies in the CMI Group both in France and China.

What we expect from you

We expect that you will have several years’ experience in investment project sales on international markets and that the project business is familiar to you. You also have some experience in project pricing and understand the content of a project budget.

We expect that you have an adequate technical education (MSc or BSc) and will be able to adapt the technical particularities of surface treatment equipment and Galvatek technology after a training period.

The training period will consist of actual hands on participation in sales processes as well as pricing methods and principles in Galvatek.

We expect you to have an entrepreneurial hands-on attitude, have strong communication skills and be experienced as team member.  As over 90% of our business comes from international delivery projects you should be fluent in both English and Finnish, and any other language skills will be considered an advantage.

What we have to offer

We offer you an interesting job in an organisation that always appreciates high quality. You will have the chance to use and develop all your skills. You will be working mostly with clients from the aviation industry who expect extremely high quality and reliability.

As a part of an international growing group with activities in each continent we can also in the future offer you more interesting working opportunities within the CMI Group.

We offer you the chance to travel internationally and to work with people from other exiting cultures. Galvatek is a truly international company, and the majority of our products have been exported already for many decades.

Further information:

Ulf Pråhl, Managing Director,

Galvatek exhibiting in Farnborough International Air Show, 16-22 July 2018

We are exhibiting this June in Farnborough International Air Show (FIA), the largest aviation industry’s international event in the world. In 2016, FIA had 1500+ exhibitors from 52 countries and 82 out of top 100 aerospace companies participated. We are joining forces in FIA 2018 with our local representative Turbex Ltd., and our stand 4042 is located in the hall 4.

Come and visit us in Farnborough in June and learn more about our exeptional surface treatment plant engineering capabilities in the Engine MRO component cleaning as well as aircraft component manufacturing.


Show Centre, ETPS Rd,
Farnborough, GU14 6FD, Great Britain

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Join our team: 3D Visual Designer

Are you interested in working with leading technology in a challenging position and in an international environment? We are looking for a full-time 3D Visual Designer for our office in Lahti, Finland, to create technical visualisations and animations of our products.

Galvatek is one of the world’s leading suppliers of surface treatment plants, having delivered over 600 plants over the past 40 years. Galvatek offers a comprehensive customer-based service, from the initial design to a turnkey delivery, plus maintenance and spare parts services. The latest technology and our long experience ensure the quality and reliability of Galvatek plants.

Job description

You will support sales by creating plant layout drawings, 3D models and renderings of our equipment. The tools you will be using include Autodesk Autocad, Inventor and 3ds Max. You should have at least a basic understanding of Autocad, which we use for planning factory layouts. Your primary tool, however, will be 3ds Max, so you should be fluent in the use of this software. We use 3ds Max to pre-design and implement our offer modelling, rendering and animations. In addition, Photoshop/Illustrator is often required for post-production.

In addition to 3D modelling, your job may require other graphic artist skills, such as graphic design, illustrations, image processing and creating various sales materials. Experience in producing visual contents and publishing them online will be considered an advantage.

What we expect from you

We expect you to have an uncompromising attitude and the ambition to keep raising the bar a little higher. You are never satisfied with the easiest or most familiar solution but instead are keen to improve your work and develop your own skills. You will become the leading expert in your field within Galvatek, so we expect you to be proactive and independent. At the same time, you will be a team player and willing to offer your expertise for use by our sales team, engineers and customers.

The majority of our customers are in the aviation industry, so they demand the highest quality and utmost punctuality. Responding to the needs of our customers is always the priority and may require an extra effort from our employees at times.

Most of us at Galvatek are engineers, but we expect you to bring to Galvatek also your creative thinking and visual eye. Your job will be to present the surface treatment plants we design in the most appealing and illustrative way.

We expect you to have the following software skills:

  • 3ds Max, modelling and rendering – very good skills
  • Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator – previous experience
  • Inventor /Autocad or Solidworks/Vertex – previous experience
  • MS Office tools – fluent

Work experience: We appreciate any experience in modelling and visualising technical equipment. If you have experience in other kinds of creative design work, we expect you to have an understanding and interest in mechanics. Extensive work experience is not mandatory, and the job may be suitable also for recent graduates if you have the expected skills and attitude.

Education: A polytechnic/university of applied sciences-level education in engineering, technical visualisations, product design or similar is expected.

Language skills: This job requires fluent English language skills, as many of our customers, colleagues and partners communicate in English.

What we offer you

We offer you a full-time employment relationship and the opportunity of a long career. You will get to work in the aviation industry and an international business environment.
You will be given an independent and responsible position in which you can develop. We always use the latest tools. We offer you a nice work environment, flexibility to manage both your professional and private lives, and excellent work colleagues.

Further information:
Jani Välkky | || Contact us

I can be reached by phone at the following times: Mon-Wed 12noon-4pm.

Please send your application, CV and salary request by 30th of March, 2018 at the latest.

Galvatek exhibiting in MRO Americas, April 10 – 12, 2018

We are exhibiting this April in Orlando, FL, at the MRO Americas exhibition for the first time in the event’s history. There will be 850+ exhibitors and over 15 000 visitors. We are joining forces with our local representative DAES Group, and their other capital equipment partners. Our stand 1154 is located in the main hall.

Come and visit us in Orlando in April and learn more about our exeptional surface treatment plant engineering capabilities in the Engine MRO component cleaning as well as aircraft component manufacturing.


Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
North Concourse (Halls A&B)

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Galvatek delivers a phosphating plant to Finland

Galvatek has signed a contract to deliver a phosphating line, painting line, waste water neutralization plant and robotized material handling system to a manufacturing facility in Finland. Galvatek delivers the full turnkey project including design engineering, installation and commissioning. The size of the project is approximately three million euros.

Turn key delivery expertise decisive

“The competition was extremely tight. Galvatek was chosen because of our ability to manage the surface treatment plant, painting line and material handing solution as one turnkey project. Galvatek´ s long experience in this kind of projects was also appreciated,” tells Sales and Marketing Manager Tommi Rautiainen, Galvatek Oy.

The project will be executed in partnership together with Sasmetor ( and Orfer (, who as Galvatek subcontractors are Finnish technology professionals in painting lines as well as robotics solutions.

Industrial investments in Finland continues

The new project is a positive signal expressing growth of industrial investments in Finland. For Galvatek the recent project means another remarkable delivery to Finnish industries, following the deliveries of two fully automatic tin plating lines to Ouneva Oy in Finland in 2013 and 2016.

The name of the customer is not published because of the customer´s wish.

Join our team: Automation Engineer

We are looking for

We are looking for an Automation Engineer located in our office in Lahti, Finland. You will be part of Galvatek´s project organization. Your task is to take care of automation in certain projects from planning to the execution.

Your task is planning, programming and commissioning of automation for Galvatek surface treatment plants. This includes customer training and support.

We expect you to be

We expect you to be positive and inspiring team player who enjoys to interact with clients and project team. To succeed in the job you need to have technical education, know-how of industrial PC and PLC control software and couple of years working experience in similar tasks. We also expect you to be ready to travel when necessary. Your English and Finnish language should be fluent, other languages are counted in as an advantage.

What we offer to you

We offer you an interesting job in a truly international company. We develop the high-end technology and always appreciate high quality. You will have a chance to use and develop all your skills. We expect you to be a professional from the start, but with our in-house and other training opportunities we ensure that you will be the best expert in this business also in the future.

We offer you a chance to travel internationally and to work with people from other cultures. Galvatek is a truly international company and majority of our sales has been export already for many decades.

Apply for this job

More details and applying for this job can be done here (in Finnish). For additional questions about the position, please contact Mr. Jari Lehtinen, General Manager – Automation & Service, +358 3 526 6658 or jari.lehtinen(at)

Please apply by email by sending your application, CV and other attachments to jari.lehtinen(at) by 12 November 2017.


Hannu Ylönen – 218 projects in a 46-year career

If there were a competition to see who was most knowledgeable about the electrical systems of
surface treatment plants, Hannu Ylönen would surely be world champion. Hannu has worked with
these electrical systems for 46 years and participated in 218 projects. When we talk about well-
deserved retirements, none is more well-deserved than Hannu’s!

“My job description has varied over the years, from drawing up offers to start-ups. In many projects
I have worked as designer, installation supervisor or project manager,” Hannu tells us.

Hannu began his career in the maintenance department of Upo Oy back in June 1970. Back then
the Finnish company made everything from home appliances to plastic pipes. The first surface
treatment lines were installed already in the late 1960s, but in 1974 Hannu transferred to Upo
Engineering, where work really began on developing surface treatment technology.

“When people asked me where I worked and I said at Galvatek, no one knew what we do.
Generally people assumed that we are in the galvanising business. When I explained that we
supply entire surface treatment lines that are used by other companies, and that Oras taps and
Abloy locks are made on lines that we supplied, then they understood.”

Galvatek changed hands over the years, belonging to Partek, then to Outokumpu, then to its
operative management, then to Kemira and now to its current owners. Between 1996 and 2004
Hannu worked as a shareholder in a supplier, but in practice he carried out electrical projects for
Galvatek lines. He returned to Galvatek in 2004.

Working whenever there is work to be done

“I’ve been involved in project work, which is never routine. Sometimes there is too much work and
sometimes too little. In recognition of this, Galvatek has relied on a system of local agreements
with employees for the past 20 years already, whereas other companies are only just beginning to
consider this option. Accordingly, we work whenever there is work to be done and take time off
during slower periods. Should a colleague from Japan call with a problem, we respond even during
holidays and time off. I have been on part-time retirement for a while, but still there are very few
days without work. Bonuses make up for any time off that I lose,” Hannu explains.

Hannu’s work supervising installations have taken him around the world, from Ulyanovsky in
Russia to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Galvatek is indeed a truly global company with
customers all over the world.

“In the 1980s we installed lines in Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, for example, and I didn’t
always know how long I would be away for. If I told my family that I would be away for three weeks,
I could in fact be away for three months. Of course, I was able to come home for weekends at
times, but still we had no mobile phones, e-mails or other modern communication devices. I used
to reserve a phone call to Finland in advance once a week or so,” Hannu remembers.

Back in the office, markers and overhead projectors made way for computers in the 1980s. The
change was enormous, and all the new technologies had to be learned from the start. Around the
same time, surface treatment lines began using electronic control systems and eventually the
Galcont control system, which Hannu praises.

“The pace of work is also much faster these days. Whereas before we had a year or two between
the order and start-up, now we have six months. This simply wouldn’t be possible if we still used
markers and fixed-line phones. We also used to handle only one project at a time, whereas now
we can handle two or three simultaneously.”

People retire, expertise remains

Employees at Galvatek enjoy their work and long careers. Alongside Hannu, two other long-time
employees will be retiring in the near future having worked at Galvatek for decades. In recognition
of the expertise possessed by long-time employees, Galvatek has invested more than most other
companies in transferring this knowledge to new employees.

“The three of us who are retiring held nine training days for young employees, and we’ll hold
another nine training days in near future. Young employees are extremely well educated and
incredibly smart, but those of us with years of experience can still teach them something new
about this specialised field. I can then retire with a sense of satisfaction, as we have a very good
team spirit and I know that the others can do their jobs,” Hannu admits.

Hannu was on part-time retirement for the last five years. It is very likely that his expertise will be
called on from time to time in various projects even when fully retired, as is true with other recently
retired employees. What is for sure is that Hannu won’t be bored after he retires.

“As a young man I used to be a rally co-driver, and I also competed with snowmobiles and
motorbikes. With seven other friends from those years we still attend the Arctic Lapland Rally in
Rovaniemi in wintertime and the Neste Rally in summertime. I also attend historic car events in my
museum-registered Taunus. In addition, I have been a member of the local Lions Club for over a
decade, and I am somewhat involved in local politics. Plus I like to fish and hike in Lapland, and I
have four grandchildren to keep me occupied!” Hannu laughs.

Join our team: After Sales and Logistics Coordinator

Join our team of surface treatment experts

Galvatek is an engineering company, based in Lahti, designing and supplying Surface and Water Treatment Plants. We have operated in international markets for over 35 years, and currently 80-90% of our turnover comes from export.

Galvatek’s main customer groups are in aviation and aluminium industry as well as in more traditional industries such as metal working and engineering. Our main market areas are Europe, Middle-East, South East Asia, Japan and China. We are a team of 25 industry professionals and our turnover is 12 million euros.

Our After Sales Coordinator is moving to other duties in Galvatek – we are now looking for a new person to take up his current responsibilities

Galvatek is providing after sales support and preventive maintenance service to its international customers. Important part of after sales in this position is to support our customers from our back office with spare part deliveries as well as service quotations.

Tasks also include project logistics coordinating, purchases and total management of the spare parts supply chain. Additionally, the coordinator has also important role in our project documentation preparation.

Expected qualifications

  • Experience of component sales, freight and customs handling
  • 5-10 years working experience in industrial work, preferably in sales or purchasing activities.
  • Fluent in Finnish and English (both verbally and in writing)
  • German/Swedish is considered as advantage
  • Preferable technical engineering background
  • Good computer skills; MS Office Tools, Acrobat Pro, ERP software (Visma L7)
  • Experience in creating documentation for project/service manuals
  • Problem solving and negotiation skills

We have an ambition to fill this vacant soonest possible. Please send your application, CV and salary expectation by 25.08.2017.

For additional information, please contact:
Jarno Virtanen, General Manager,  Available on Tuesday 08.08.2017 at 9.00-11.00 and Friday 11.08.2017 at 9.00-11.0