Interview with Fabio Micheli

Hi Fabio, how long have you been working in CMS and what is your job?
I started in CMS at the end of 1999 and I have always been working in the Assembly Department.
My adventure began with Erino Marchi, a central figure for our company, a man with a forceful character and a deep technical knowledge. Erino taught me that drawing is the actual universal “language” of mechanical technicians, both designers and workshop operators. In order to play my role properly, I first had to learn to read a drawing. And so, I started like this, with a sheet of paper in my hands and eager to learn.

What was your childhood dream?
I wanted to become a fireman!
And I almost succeeded: in CMS I belong to the emergency management team. I don’t panic, I know the basic notions of first aid and I keep calm even in the most difficult situations.

What do you like about your job?
Seeing the finished product.
In the morning I prepare my tools, I start my work and in the evening I love seeing it completed, appreciating the final result. Care about the projects I am involved in and satisfaction in completing them are the real driving force of my days.
One more aspect I really appreciate is training. We are all able to replace an absent colleague without interrupting the operational flow of the department. We have to thank our Manager Gianluca Fontana, who carefully takes care of our training courses, giving us transversal skills and making all of us very flexible and interchangeable within the Team.

How has your work changed with the Coronavirus emergency?
We are certainly experiencing the most difficult period in history since the Second World War, but I would rather focus on what good Covid19 has brought, at least for me. The health emergency provided an important opportunity to speed up my digitization process. In this battle, we are joined by an essential ally: technology. I must admit I’ve always been reluctant, but this time I couldn’t escape. Digital tools have proved to be crucial in simplifying my daily life management. This has influenced my work positively: if in the past I preferred using only paper drawings, now I also work with digital ones.

Which of the projects you were involved in did you find particularly interesting?
My professional experience so far has mainly focused on Tetra Pak assemblies. I remember with pleasure when, just one month after my hiring, I was involved in the assembly of the first TBA22s, or when I was in charge of an on-site rebuilding. I really like hands-on interventions and interfacing with designers and engineers, but I adapt to any task I am assigned, as long as it is challenging and leads to clearly visible results. Challenges attract me, I am curious about the new projects my younger colleagues are working on.

Have you done anything recently that you are proud of?
I have been asked to work alongside some colleagues to train them. Witnessing their learning and progresses make me very proud. I received compliments not only for my efforts during trainings but also for my character change. I have a very strong personality, sometimes grouchy, and I had to smooth the rough edges off. It was time for me to “change my approach”. I have put all my strengths in this transition and I have been able to make some big steps forward. Maybe I can still do more. I think change is never a mistake but an opportunity.

One adjective to define CMS: what would it be?
Amazing.
For the ability to face difficult times and overcome them through teamwork.
For the passion we put in every project.
For our energy in welcoming the future.

A message in a bottle for new generations?
I address my younger colleagues.
Focus on your work, be persistent and take care of your tasks.
Do them accurately and you will be blameless. In case of unexpected events, do your best rather than shouting for help. And finally, accept criticisms, even the hardest ones. Sometimes, changing your point of view could be enlightening. Only in this way you will become good professionals.

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