Kone- ja tuotantotekniikan perustutkinto | Kone-, metalli- ja muoviala

Vocational Qualification in Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology | Plater-welder

Employment opportunities in North Karelia are good.


Type of qualification:

Vocational upper secondary qualification

Apply period:

the next application will be open in year 2025

Scope of studies:

180 (osp)

Start date:

coming later in year 2026


2 - 3 years

Mode of studying:

Contact teaching, in English





Contact teaching days:

The qualification includes full-time studying as well as practical training periods. The classes are held during daytime (Monday-Friday).


Applying has ended!
The next application will be open in year 2025.

Vocational Qualification in Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology provides the basic knowledge of both theory and practice of mechanical engineering industry.

The training is performed in English. The qualification includes full-time studying in Outokumpu as well as on-the-job learning periods at companies in Outokumpu Region.

The education is carried out at our modern well-equipped premises in Riveria, Outokumpu. The practical training periods are held in the companies in the region and will make up an important part of the education.

Programme composition of plater-welder

The scope of the studies is 180 competence points (cp).

Compulsory units
- working in manufacturing tasks
- installation and automation tasks
- welding and plate work.

Optional units
- CNC edging
- welding
- sheet metal work
- working with steel structures.

The duration of studies is approximately 3 years. On-the-job learning already exists during the first year.

A personal study development plan is made for each student based on his/ her previous experience and studies.

See National Qualification Requirements


The student incurs costs for material fees, housing and travel expenses.
Riveria has no scholarships or other financial aid options available.

Student selection

- You are at least 18 years of age
- High school certificate or the general school-leaving certificate
- Certificate of the international English test Duolingo (see below)
- Good IT-skills
- Good physical and mental condition to study and work in the mechanical engineering and production technology industry
- Enough funds for living expenses on the applicant’s account to be presented for the immigration office for the resident permit. More information on Finnish Immigration Service.

Please note that you can only apply to one of our English programs.

Minimum of 85 points in Duolingo English test

Applicaton procedure

1. Take Duolingo English test
Every applicant needs to have a  Duolingo English test score (85 points minimum) submitted during applying. Take the test before applying unless you already have an international Duolingo English certificate. We don't accept any other tests, diplomas or qualifications as proof of language skill.

The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken in under an hour. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview and writing sample. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

On DUOLINGO TEST choose Riveria school and save the certificate to attach to your application (not by email). You must pay the test certificate yourself.

2. Record a max. 2-minute video where you answer the following questions:
- What are your expectations for the training?
- Why would you like to study in this training?
- What kind of challenges you might have in studying and living abroad?
- What kind of job and where do you dream of after the studies?

Add the video link on your application form. Videos submitted otherwise will not be accepted. More detailed instructions for the video will be found on the application form.

3. Attach Certificates of your previous education and employment as well as Duolingo English test certificate to the application.

Fill out the application form accurately. Upload all required documents before saving the form. Clicking the save button sends the form after which editing the application is no longer possible. Incomplete applications will be cancelled.

Student selection

The applicants to be interviewed will be selected based on the application, Duolingo English test and the motivation video. The interviews will be organized online via Microsoft Teams. Invitation to the interview will be sent by email.

The students will be selected on the basis of the interview.


Interviewees selection: 11th September to 6th October 2023
Interviews (online):    23rd October to 3rd November from 8 am to 4 pm (local time)
Student selection: by 24th November 2023
Start of the training: 2nd September 2024

We do not respond to inquiries about ongoing application processes.

An admission letter will be sent to the selected new students. The admission letter includes information about the required health documents and instructions on how to apply for a residence permit.

After graduation

This qualification provides a good basis for continuing studies in university level.

Various jobs in the machine shop industry.