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Graduate 2021 - Control Systems, Aggregation and Analytics of real-time data

About us 

Hydro Sunndal is the largest and most modern primary aluminium plant in Europe. Our main products are extrusion ingots and primary foundry alloys, used to a large extent by the car manufacturing industry. Hydro Sunndal is also a research and development hub, with extensive expertise in casthouse operations.  


We are continually improving our production processes and change greatly through elements such as predictive maintenance, big data, automatization, robotics, IT networks and infrastructure. This role is a great opportunity to contribute to this exciting transition, with a specific focus on automation, operational big data and analytics.  


Hydro Sunndal is a frontrunner in Primary Metal’s Industry 4.0 transformation efforts. This effort will give exiting opportunities within technology development and implementation for many years forward. 


Our Graduate positions give considerable knowledge about the aluminium business and are essential for developing new leaders and professionals in Hydro. Key roles will typically require experience from different parts of the company, so a Graduate is expected to be flexible and mobile. For the right candidate, the position might give interesting possibilities both nationally and internationally.   
Area of responsibility 
As part of the Hydro Sunndal plant unit you will contribute to implementing and running relevant elements of Industry 4.0 in production units. Some key tasks: 


  • Develop and implement systems for big data capture and analytics  
  • Aggregation of control signals/alarms
  • Develop analytic tools to optimize production and maintenance processes   
  • Plan, execute and lead projects   
  • Take part in optimization initiatives   
  • Communicate with stakeholders  


  • Master’s degree within Mechanical Engineering, Cybernetics & Robotics, Applied Physics and Mathematics, Computer Science, Industrial Economics and Technology Management, Electronics Systems Design or Nanotechnology   
  • Maximum 2 years of work experience after graduation   
  • Good academic results   
  • Good communication and cooperation skills   
  • Engagement through student activities is an advantage   
  • Passion for big data and analytics combined with operations, maintenance and technology development    
  • Knowledge of relevant tools such as FMECA, RCM, Power BI and Python is an advantage    
  • Knowledge of control systems and smart sensors   
  • Fluency in English and Norwegian  


To succeed in this position, we believe that you should be curious, motivated by understanding and solving issues in collaboration with others. You have an analytical approach and are driven by continuous learning and development. If you’re also keen to experience different locations, we’d very much like to consider your application.
The Hydro Graduate Program 
The Hydro Graduate Program is a structured onboarding program designed to equip you with the competencies needed to successfully thrive in the position. We see this as the first step towards your longer-term career and future possibilities in Hydro. Some key elements of your structured onboarding during the initial 12 months are:


  • Thorough introduction program and follow-up 
  • International onboarding sessions as well as local trainings and seminars 
  • Possibility for rotation, normally within your own plant/area 
  • Dedicated buddy/mentor throughout the program 


We offer competitive terms in a friendly and international work environment with interesting challenges, teamwork and room to influence throughout a flexible and diverse working day. 


Do you want to shape our story with your personality, expertise and ambitions?  
Additional information

Only applications received through our online system will be considered, not via e-mail.  


As part of our recruitment process, we use Semac for background check. 


Apply before: 11/01/2020

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Hiring managers:

Roar Ørsund, Plant Manager
Phone: +4791740129


Reidar Gullikstad Hagen. HR Business Partner
Phone: +4793230933



Marit Bratseth, GBS HR Specialist People Resourcing
Phone:(Norway +47) 95908036

Posted on: 

Sunndalsøra, NO, 6600

Department:  HR/ AMBS
Business Area:  Primary Metal(ALME)
Legal Entity:  Hydro Aluminium AS
Job Type:  Trainee / Graduate

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