At Etteplan MORE, we support our students’ education by proposing practical topics for various school and academic projects ranging from master’s theses, dissertations and final projects to research work for further education and exercises for individual study units. Of the dissertations carried out in our company thus far, about 20 have already been completed and there are several underway.
“Etteplan MORE welcomes those who wish to work on their dissertation or M.Sc. (Tech.) thesis. We encourage our studying employees to complete their degree,” says Markku Valkealahti, Director, Software Solutions. The students in our staff have great flexibility in adjusting their work schedules based on the needs of their studies. Consequently, many of our employees have opted to work part-time until their thesis is completed. Topic permitting, part of the thesis can even be completed on company time.
For those who are interested, Etteplan MORE has a wide range of interesting research topics on offer, both those concerning ongoing projects and those more general in nature. “We have commissioned a great variety of different M.Sc. (Tech) theses. Depending on the student’s interests, they have covered anything from software and knowledge management processes to reporting and interesting new technologies. We’ve also had a number of automation technology theses focusing on IoT,” Valkealahti continues. A growing software business, Etteplan MORE offers interesting topics also from outside the field of technology; for example, one of our employees is currently working on a business administration thesis on marketing metrics.
Joni Pakarinen, Software Production: Master’s Thesis, M.Sc. (Tech)
Who are you and what do you do? For seven years now, I’ve had the pleasure of working as a software engineer at Etteplan MORE. I studied at Tampere University of Technology (currently part of Tampere University) with software production as my major and hypermedia as my minor.
What was the topic of your thesis? Was it easy to come up with? In my master’s thesis, I investigated database synchronization between a tablet device carried by a mobile sales rep and a central database. The project was commissioned by my employer, and I completed my thesis in 2014. There was a practical problem in one of our projects, and this problem became the focus of my thesis. Even though the topic was suggested to me, I was happy that I could approach the issue on my own terms.
How did you organize your schedule? Before starting my thesis, I worked full-time, but for the duration of the project, I switched to working only four days a week. To balance out my life, I wanted to keep clear boundaries between work, which included both thesis writing and my day-to-day job, and free time. This allowed me to have some evenings and days off. In the winter, I took a one-month trip to Asia and while thesis work wasn’t the purpose of my trip, I managed to make substantial progress.
How do you feel about the project? The topic was relatively practical and directly associated with my job, which made working on the thesis easier. Naturally, the biggest challenge was to start putting words on paper, but my thesis supervisor gave me a good tip: start with the list of contents. As long as I managed to jot down a few lines each time I sat down, it was much easier to continue the next time. Having dedicated one day per week for writing the thesis made things much easier as well.
Anni Janger, Computer Science (Master’s Thesis)
Who are you and what do you do? I work as a project manager for Etteplan MORE, handling a wide range of software projects for the company. I studied at Tampere University, where I majored in computer sciences. My Bachelor’s degree studies focused on mathematics and for my Master’s degree, I switched to computer sciences.
What was the topic of your thesis? Was it easy to come up with? I completed the thesis on commission for my employer in 2016. The purpose of my study was to source a personnel resourcing system that would support the company’s management. As none of the existing systems matched the company’s needs, the company decided to develop the system internally. Coming up with a topic is often considered to be the hardest part of writing a thesis. For me, it was easy, since my employer clearly needed the system. This sounded like an interesting topic, as it would give me the opportunity to learn about project work and personnel resourcing both from a theoretical and practical standpoint.
How did you organize your schedule? I had already been with the company for a while, and when the thesis project started, I continued working part time with one day per week reserved for my thesis.
How do you feel about the project? It was an interesting project and I completed my thesis really quickly. The project started in March and in October, my thesis was already finished. If I needed help, I could just ask, but I was pretty much free to complete the project and develop the system in any way I wanted, which was very motivating!
Teemu Laine, Automation Technology, Master’s Thesis, M.Sc. (Tech)
Who are you and what do you do? I’m currently studying computer systems in automation, factory automation and software technology at Tampere University of Technology. I work as a software engineer at Etteplan MORE.
What was the topic of your thesis? Was it easy to come up with? There was a work project I thought might yield a topic, but in the end, I decided to create a demo for Vuzix glasses as a commissioned project for my employer. Since it was such a broad topic and it was quite a busy period at work, getting started with my thesis felt like a big challenge at the time. Then, there was an interesting work project which allowed me to work abroad, and my thesis fell by the wayside. It was a great experience to be able to travel on business around the Baltics, in Romania and in the United States. That was a year ago. Now, I have returned to working on my thesis project and, after narrowing down its focus, I find the task much more motivating. I’m currently working on an AR demo for Hololens glasses, involving a maintenance app that provides guidance for service personnel in the field. The demo utilizes a variety of technologies, such as augmented reality, 3D modeling, location data and cloud technology.
How did you organize your schedule? I reduced my weekly work hours to 30, reserving one working day per week for my thesis. I work on the thesis on weekends as well. In the past year, I’ve learned that if I try to work on the thesis only when time permits, I won’t get anywhere; instead, it requires regular and long-term effort to complete. My goal is to graduate early next year.
How do you feel about the project? The topic of my thesis is interesting, and narrowing down its focus made it easier to work on, especially in terms of establishing the theoretical framework. Etteplan MORE has been very flexible in this project and I’ve enjoyed being able to work on the project independently and at my own pace.
Interested? Read more: www.etteplanmore.com/students
We are committed to the Meillä Valmistut initiative, a campaign by the Tampere Chamber of Commerce for supporting graduation among students with jobs. Read more about local companies’ commitment to the initiative here and visit the campaign website to read how Janne managed to combine his studies with his job and completed his M.Sc. (Tech.) dissertation (both in Finnish only). Browse our job postings or send an open application: www.etteplanmore.com/careers