Isabelle Eriksson joined the ÅF fire sprinkler section in Solna some eighteen months ago. Here, she design and inspects fire sprinkler systems for anything from hospitals to shopping malls, forming part of a team of nine. She is also a successful athlete.
Isabelle, what’s the best thing about working as a fire sprinkler consultant?
It is fun, challenging and varied. If you’re like me and enjoy learning new things, it’s a job that you don’t easily grow tired of, as it involves keeping up to date with rules and regulations that change continuously.
Also, it gives you a sense of purpose, as you’re contributing to fire safety and protecting lives as well as property. If buildings materials should burn it is devastating for the environment, so in that respect my job is about sustainability, too.
What does your typical workday involve?
A lot of design work, which involves software such as CAD and Revit, and attending meetings, internal as well as external. Right now our section are having one day of internal training every other week. When you’re new there’s a lot to learn, but we really work in teams and we’re always asking for each other’s advice. It’s a good crew and we have tons of work.
What’s your opinion about ÅF as a company?
The focus on sports and equal opportunities very much appeals to me, which is manifest in the fact that ÅF has partnered with female athletes like Sanna Kallur and Charlotte Kalla. In my section there are just as many women as there are men, which is great.
What does it take to be a good fire sprinkler consultant?
The main thing is being capable of structure, as well as eager and willing to learn. Regulations are updated all the time, this is an industry where change is the only constant. Of course it helps if you have basic technical training and experience of some design software, but we do not all have to fit the same mould. As for myself, I’m a business graduate, I’ve had jobs ranging from payroll administrator to dance instructor, and I have colleagues with IT degrees as well as vocational training backgrounds.
What would you like to do next?
I’m studying for a certification as a qualified fire sprinkler engineer. And apart from that, I will do my utmost in athletics during the 2017 summer season!