Martin Skallerud

Martin Skallerud, 38 years old, shoreside installation department, 8 years at Nexans

Martin likes being active, whether cycling, skiing or skippering the sea-scouts' wooden sailing vessel that always needs volunteers.  Traveling to exotic locations off the beaten tourist track is also one of his great interests.

He has visited every part of the world, and is especially keen to study local customs and get to know the people of the countries he visits. Martin describes himself as an explorer and reckons that his work at Nexans lets him combine his curiosity and inquisitiveness in an interesting job that puts him into contact with people in the countries where Nexans undertakes projects.

During his studies, he was active in student organizations and got involved in the theater, set design and technical aspects of that. Martin attended the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, graduating in Energy and Environment. "I remember Nexans as having an active, high profile among students, so I was well aware of the name, but had no idea how big the company was."

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"The things we deal with are both exciting and instructive, and are challenging in technical and human terms. The work we do is performed at a level that you don't often see elsewhere."

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"I remember Nexans as having an active, high profile among students, so I was well aware of the name, but had no idea how big the company was."

From A through Z
Martin's first three years of work were in the construction sector as an electrical consultant. "I had many different jobs, but I soon found out that the most fun were those I could follow from A through Z, from project planning to execution.

I developed a serious interest in the cable industry during a two-week job in Afghanistan in 2008, with the installation of new cabling for a hotel. When I then saw a Nexans job advertisement, I was quick to put in my application. At the interview, it turned out that this was a project job with responsibility for installation. Just what I wanted in terms of traveling, following the entire project through and working independently, but in a team with many different specialists." He travels for about 10 weeks a year to projects around the world, most recently in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada in connection with a power cable installation.

The job involves planning all the work to be done onshore or on platforms – from cable pull-in and trenching to technical follow-up of the installation work. He also deals with all the interfaces with customers, sub-contractors and national regulations, as well as internal interfaces with, for example, technical departments and marine installation.
"Once a project has been awarded, it starts with a planning period of up to a year, with the coordination of documents, procedures and drawings. This is followed by an operational period, including installation. This entails being site manager and dealing with all practical aspects relating to, for example, cable pulling and fitting to transformers, high-voltage lines or similar. We install both power cables and fiber cables.

Initiative
At Nexans, there is scope every day for taking the initiative. I get the opportunity to work proactively on what I want within the project's framework and in cooperation with others.  We are free to plan and perform the job as we decide, as long as it achieves the project's goals. There is scope for initiating improvements or innovating. We have a good mix of old and new knowledge in synergy."

Martin likes to be in an active job where no working day is the same and where he can see the outcome of our long-term planning coming to fruition in an installation that works as designed.
"I feel that it gives me a lot and that getting things done and receiving feedback spurs me on. The things we deal with are both exciting and instructive, and are challenging in technical and human terms. The work we do is performed at a level that you don't often see elsewhere."