Mechanical Engineering Technician
Jamie has dreamed of working at CERN since he was 16. By becoming a technician, he was able to realise his dream by the time he was 22.
Day-to-day, he works on designing and building parts of ATLAS, a huge microscope which sits underground on the world’s most complex machine – the Large Hadron Collider.
“My job is a challenge because it changes every day. There has never been two days the same. There are so many aspects and parts of these experiments that only a technician can work on.”
“The idea of a technician seems to be quite small when you see it from an outsiders’ point of view. Personally, my job is very broad, there’s a lot going on – for example, I spend a lot of time designing. It’s not just a case of doing what I’m told, it’s a case of having free rein to try and solve the problems that I’m given.”
From Sat Nav and X-ray machines, to the internet, CERN has been behind some of the biggest technological developments in modern history. Being a part of that and helping make a difference to the world keeps Jamie motivated to do a good job.
“CERN is a huge community of people which includes engineers, technicians, scientists, lawyers, HR professionals and much more. There are hundreds of jobs, but one of the largest groups is technicians. Out of 2500 staff members we make up roughly 800.”
Jamie's career pathway
- 2010 Completed 3 A-levels, left schools and then began an Advanced Apprenticeship with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
- 2014 Applied for and secured the Technician Training Experience at CERN
- 2016 After finishing his TTE programme, became a full-time member of staff at CERN as a Mechanical Engineering Technician