An electronics engineer is the fourth generation of a family to work at Gerresheimer Tettau’s plant.
Guilio Damiano’s association with the German plant stretches back to his grandfather, who also once worked there.
In addition, his father Georg and uncle Tino both work at the site today as machine setters.
The tale of how Guilio Damiano’s family left Italy started with his grandfather Nazzareno Damiano, who arrived in Steinbach am Wald in the mid-1960s on the hunt for work.
Originally from the province of L’Aquila in Abruzzo, he took the train from station to station along with many other jobseekers, ending up at Steinbach am Wald on what was then the East German border.
Here he secured his first job in glassmaking, before going on to join Tettauer Glas – now Gerresheimer Tettau. He retired 19 years ago.
Guilio’s father Georg and uncle Tino also learned how to be industrial glassmakers.
Their jobs as machine setters mean they are called upon whenever a production line is being converted and ensure that the IS machine is fine-tuned to produce perfect bottles every time.
Another of Guilio’s relatives, his cousin Klaus Schnappauf, works as a shift leader at the hot end, while Klaus’s son Michael is a setter for the cold-end sorting machines.
Guilio is more interested in the electronic challenges involved in glassmaking.
He enjoys the variety in his work, as industrial electronics engineers are in demand across the whole plant.
His electronics training means he is called on to help every now and again. When something breaks, everything grinds to a halt – especially in an operation such as Gerresheimer Tettau. As well as being highly frustrating, such a situation can also get expensive, and this is where he comes to the rescue.
Armed with a wiring diagram and the necessary tools, and occasionally clutching his laptop, he gets down to troubleshooting.
However, it is not just a question of repairing a system – machinery and equipment also need to be programmed and serviced, and users have to be instructed in how to operate them.
Training as an electronics engineer for industrial engineering is an extensive but extremely interesting and rarely dull process.
Guilio firmly believes that he made the right choice. He enjoys the challenge of tackling new tasks.
Once he has passed his journeyman’s exam, he wants to gain professional experience before taking the time to decide on his next career steps.
The Tettau plant has history dating back to 1785. Today it produces cosmetic glass bottles and employs 500 people.
Pictured: Uncle Tino Damiano (hot-end machine setter) and his nephew Guilio Damiano (electronics engineer for industrial engineering) feel right at home at Gerresheimer.