Meet Brokk Operator Gabriela Fernanda Mattia from Grupo Mitre

Published: 4/3

In the bustling city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 45-year-old Gabriela Fernanda Mattia is making waves in the demolition industry.


A mechanical electrician technician with a postgraduate degree in safety and industrial environmental control, Gabriela is well-known for more than just her signature bright pink helmet. For the past decade, she’s been a vital part of demolition specialist Grupo Mitre as one of the company’s expert Brokk operators.


Gabriela’s journey with Brokk began

with a hands-on approach

“I asked my boss to work solo with a Brokk 70 [the smallest of the Brokk fleet], and through a willingness to learn, asking questions, and common sense, I quickly progressed to operating a Brokk 110 as well,” recalls Gabriela. In January 2023, she earned a global certification under the guidance of Joakim Johansson, a seasoned Brokk Service Engineer.

Operating Brokk demolition robots is particularly enjoyable for Gabriela who credits their seamless blend of speed, versatility, and power.

“It’s always a pleasure to operate a Brokk,” she says, citing unique features such as the machines’ ability to fit into confined spaces and operate remotely for added efficiency and safety. “The job possibilities are countless.”


A feeling of empowerment

Flexibility is a game-changer for efficiency on the job as well. The robots’ precision and control play a significant role in the quality day-to-day work, allowing Gabriela to perform super delicate and intricate work.

“In a productive morning, you can demolish numerous meters of chopped concrete,” she says, adding that compared with traditional equipment, Brokk robots offer a near-infinite range of freedom. “With a Brokk, you can go anywhere and with the necessary power.”

For Gabriela, operating Brokk robots is not just a job; it’s a feeling of empowerment. To those considering a career as a Brokk operator, Gabriela’s message is powerful.

“To all the women worldwide: nothing is impossible; with effort and dedication, everything can be achieved,” she says. “Opportunities exist and seizing them is crucial. I may be the first female demolition operator in Argentina, but I believe we could have many more.”

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