Job and internship opportunities
Merko welcomes industrious, self-starting, hard-working people who don’t shy away from responsibility, who have the requisite education and work experience for their desired position and who keep their promises. We extend job offers to candidates who have the suitable knowledge and skills, who share our values and who have good team fit.
AS Merko Ehitus Eesti personnel director
tel: +372 680 5100
AS Merko Ehitus Eesti has longstanding, fruitful cooperation with various schools. We support education in order to develop specialized education and plant the seeds for a new generation of professionals. In addition to the scholarships awarded by the company, we consider it important to offer experience for interns – in the last three years, close to 50 interns have added to their experience at Merko.
It’s wise to reinforce theoretical learning through practice. Employers also look for graduates who already have real, practical job experience under their belt. Merko looks for interns who are eager to learn, have a head for technical matters, and are young, industrious and studying in field of civil engineering and construction. We can sometimes offer internships to university students in other majors.
To apply for an internship, please send your CV to the AS Merko Ehitus Eesti personnel director in January and February. Ene Tüvi, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate your preferred position and start and end date.
In 2017, 14 students spent their internship at Merko – six students from the construction specialty and three students from the electrical engineering specialty – from Tallinn University of Technology, three students from Tallinn University of Applied Sciences, one from the Estonian University of Life Sciences and one trainee came from Denmark. The young people were able to put themselves to test in the construction of Maakri business quarter, the T1 entertainment and shopping center, the Noblessner and Paepargi apartment buildings, the Öpik and Talleks office buildings, the tramway to the airport and the public water supply and sewerage system of the Soodevahe village. In addition to the site teams, the students were also supervised by the electrical work and budget department specialists. In their feedback, students valued the most that they were trusted, their completed tasks were always checked, and useful comments were delivered regarding the tasks. It was also highly appreciated that the staff of Merko is friendly and supportive of each other and with their partners. After completing the internship, 3 students were offered employment.
In 2016, 19 students interned at Merko: Most were from the Tallinn University of Technology, two were from the Tallinn University of Applied Sciences and one was from the Tallinn School of Construction. Most of the students were studying in fields related to industrial construction and civil engineering, and electrical energy, economics and construction of concrete structures accounted for some of the majors. On the basis of feedback given to the internship, students said they had a high regard for Merko’s professional and friendly personnel, commitment to the job safety and security, the workplace environment and their display of understanding regarding students.
In 2015, we had 16 student interns. Much like previous years, they acquired knowledge in organising and managing work, compiling budgets, calculating volumes and performing concrete work.
Merko encourages careers within the organization
Merko is one Estonia’s largest construction and real estate development companies, building tens of buildings and infrastructure facilities and hundreds of new homes. Throughout the Baltics, Merko employs close to 800 people, 570 of them in Estonia. The company is characterized by its long-term and professional team, many of whom have risen through the ranks, going from a site worker to project manager, lead division manager or executive role.
Project director Tiit Joosti (Tallinn University of Technology 1993-1999, construction economics and management) started out at Merko as a site manager 17 years ago on construction sites in Ida-Viru, Võru, Valga and Tartu County. Over the years, Tiit was promoted to project manager and led major projects such as the construction of Ämari Airbase and Ülemiste traffic junction. In recent years, Tiit has been in charge of the building of tram lines – no. 4 in Tallinn is completed and the airport spur is still under construction. Tiit says that one thing that pushes him onward is the desire to do his job well and take pride in successes, not to be better than the neighbours, but to rejoice in other people’s successes. The Builder of the Year 2010 recommends that his interns join construction site teams, where the intern becomes something like a member of a club. “On the job site, you can also feel the consequences of the wrong decisions, and thus understand the importance of various factors better than it could possibly be taught at a lecture. Based on the contribution, respect will grow and the site team will often ask the interns to stay on at the site after the internship period is over,” he says.
BIM specialist Alan Väli (Tallinn University of Technology 2010-2015, construction economics and management, MSc, cum laude) was aboard as an intern with Merko’s concrete works department in the capacity of a construction worker on the construction of Ülemiste tunnel. In 2013, he received a Merko scholarship and in 2014 he was hired for the site management team of the construction of Estonia’s most modern apartment building, Kentmanni 6, where his duty included verifying the documentation on construction works and performing quality control. “I introduced Merko’s directors to the ideas that conceived there, like how to implement 3D modelling in the design and construction process, and after the end of the project, I was hired as a modelling design specialist with Merko,” Alan recalls. In two years, the architecture, structures and utility systems of nearly 10 projects have been designed as 3D models and the models are used to direct the construction work. That gave Alan a chance to contribute ideas to the construction of the T1 shopping centre, Telia’s headquarters, Poordi 1 business and apartment building and the Tallink Tennis Centre. Alan’s task is to develop the model design strategy, prepare terms of reference for design and training and speaking at seminars for clients and employees. In addition, Alan also coordinates the design process on up to two projects at a time. “I encourage students to broaden their horizons, share ideas with experienced construction managers, and continue learning even after getting your diploma. In a company like Merko, no good ideas, capacity for initiatives and desire to accomplish something great can go unnoticed and it’s highly appreciated.”
Site manager Mario Pajuste (Tallinn University of Technology, 2005-2010, construction technology) started as a Merko intern in the residential construction division on the Kännu-Räägu apartment building project, where he continued working after his internship. As site technician and engineer, he took part in the construction of the Sõpruse pst 29 apartment building and Kentmanni 6 underground works. In addition, he has worked as site manager on the construction of a number of other apartment buildings, the Kiisa emergency back power plant and the Narva-Jõesuu hotel and aquatic centre site. “Having started out as an intern myself and had some contact with many interns over the years, I encourage you to be bold and ask many questions.” That is the fastest way to get to know the multidimensional world of construction. Knowledge from work supports studies – it’s easier to understand theory learned at school if you’ve seen how the construction process works in reality.”