Michel Derks – R&D Technician

Joined 2022

Why did you join Canon Production Printing?

The wide range of technologies is a huge draw. We do machining, electrics, and are involved in everything. That’s a great match for me personally.

Can you tell us about a recent project you worked on?

We just finished up a project that included a wide range of technologies. An important part of the project was assembling the first version of a new machine. The goal isn’t to create a working part, but to use the assembly process to gather information. Are the screws positioned well? Are the service parts easy to reach? Is this the optimal order of assembly? This feedback is used to create the second machine design. It’s very satisfying when the changes I suggest make it into the new design.

What are your career goals?

I don’t have a fixed plan. I want to learn, and I want to develop myself. I’m very much inspired by the technicians who have worked here for 40+ years. They have such a depth of knowledge and can come up with great solutions in very little time. That’s the level of expertise I’d like to have one day. One of the great things about this company is that there are many ways to develop your career – you can move to different positions, or you can stay with the technical side of the job.

What advice would you give to someone joining Canon Production Printing?

Ask lots of questions and help out wherever you can. There’s always a lot going on. Teams with different expertise work together closely, and it’s great to learn from them and see what they’re doing. You learn more about your product that way, and of course get to know more people and what they do. I mostly do mechanical design, but I also work with experts in electrical design, software, and mechatronics – the multidisciplinary aspect is very interesting.

What was your best work day ever? Why that day?

There was this problem we’d been working on for a week or two. The Eureka moment for that was great – we had a breakthrough, developed a solution, and made it work.

What is your favorite topic to talk about with colleagues during breaks?

Two of my best friends also work here, and we usually have lunch together. We talk about our hobbies and fun work projects, make jokes, and discuss whatever else comes up!

What is the most valuable thing you learned here?

It’s no problem to have setbacks as long as you keep your goal in mind. The Eureka moment will happen eventually.