Tom Hamers – R&D Technician

Joined 2024

How would you describe your job?

The work is really varied, mostly building setups to be able to test machines. We also build prototypes and support the engineers by checking whether what they designed functions as planned in real life. A lot of our work is highly skill-based, assembling and machining a variety of components.

What made you decide to work at Canon?

I know a couple of people who work here, and they were always very enthusiastic! A few of my former colleagues also joined Canon. So when I read the ad for this job opening, I was very interested. The job really suits me, and many of the skills we use were already hobbies of mine.

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

I spend most of my time assigned to a certain project. Within that project, there are a lot of different things to do, so I’m often working on around 10 smaller projects at the same time. That is something I really like about this job – a lot of freedom and a lot of responsibility. I’m doing the things I enjoy doing, and time just flies by.

What are your career goals?

I want to gain a few years of experience in this position. After a while, I’d like to go to college for an engineering degree on HBO level. Canon is very supportive when it comes to career goals: for instance, I already discussed my learning goals during my job interview.

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

Every day! At the end of the day, I always go home satisfied.

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

Anything really. We discuss cars, our homes, and anything else that comes up. It’s a great group.

What is the most valuable thing you learned here?

That you can be yourself here. We work with people with all kinds of knowledge and experience levels, and everyone is happy to help each other out.