Marco Hutri


The traction driver likes variety, alertness and relaxation


"I've been driving a traction engineer in Vuosaari for over three years. This time of year in spring, it's nice when it's warm and you can watch Tallink ferry sail between the islands from the end of the pier," says Marco Hutri. 

The traction master is a 10-tonne terminal tractor. The trolley and container weigh another couple of tons, and the cargo - in recent years coffee beans and coffee products - weighs around 20 tons. 

About half of the working time is spent driving and half doing the physical work of emptying, cleaning and filling the containers. 

"Driving requires alertness and foresight and keeps the mind alert. On the other hand, sometimes you get your brain in the off position. I like the overall experience: you get to move around, you can be outdoors, and there's only a shocking rush on rare days." 


The traction of the traction master is based on mass and tyre friction, so on black ice Hutri is thrilled. Even horizontal rain is no fun. The emphasis is on a calm approach and safety at work. 

"It's a fairly simple and surprisingly relaxed job, there's not a lot of stress. We are at the mercy of the port operators: a certain amount of goods have to be moved per day, but the port's congestion has an impact. While waiting for containers, we read e-books and listen to podcasts." 

When it's quieter on the green coffee side and there's a lot of finished product leaving, Hutri goes to drive a push-pull forklift to the finished product warehouse. 

"I'm not a 'born here, die here' kind of guy. I've lived at least 15 addresses, but now I'm settled in Kerava," says Hutri. 

He remembers various meetings from his school years when he was over-active. After primary school, Hutri studied for a degree in marketing and financial management, but the field didn't feel like his own. 

"As an adult, ADHD has its advantages: you can always do something, there's no need to be lazy or hide. I used to work in a shop as a cashier in the summer, but the waiting was not my thing. When you keep moving, you can always come up with something: a new thing to do or a U-turn." 

So, after studying to be a merchant, Hutri needed something to do and money. 

"At school, I had done some warehouse work in a children's literature warehouse, so I ventured into the warehouse side. I found myself working." 

In 2008, Hutri started working for a logistics company through Barona and moved on to night work at Rautakirja. His career at Transval started in 2012. 

Transval is the market leader in Finland for in-house logistics and logistics outsourcing services, with around 5 500 employees. 

In Hutri's life, the size of Transval is reflected in the opportunity to change jobs and tasks: over the past ten years, he has worked in a warehouse for a building and home improvement retailer in Kerava and Lahti, and as a night manager in the Finnish distribution warehouse of a household appliance brand. After moving to Lahti in 2013, Hutri jumped at the chance to work as a team leader with a variety of customers. 

After arriving in Vuosaari four years ago, Hutri started driving push-pull forklifts before learning how to operate a traction forklift, which had already attracted his interest. 

Now he enjoys less stress and a bigger salary than as a team leader, but also the abundance of coffee. He doesn't miss working nights either. 

"Based on the recent news, it's pointless to think too big. If I got bored of this job, I'd probably go and study IT or maintenance. Those are the two safest fields for my future, and I'd get to work with my hands. " 


Caption:  Tow truck driver Marco Hutri is living in the moment but plans to stay with Transval. "I'm tired of looking to the future: either keep what you have or go for something new." 


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