Electrical Technician

Morgan began his career as an apprentice Electrician in County Durham. Fast forward a few years and he’s now in Switzerland, working at the forefront of science, on the biggest machine ever built. 

Morgan knew that A-levels weren’t for him. He wanted to get out and start working as soon as possible. He thought that an apprenticeship would suit him and decided on becoming an Electrician after enjoying Physics and Woodwork at school – so he asked around and found an apprenticeship at a firm down the road from his house. 

After finishing his apprenticeship, Morgan wanted a new challenge, and to keep learning. So, he decided to apply to the Technician Training Experience at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. 

CERN is the home of the Large Hadron Collider, which at 27 kilometres is the world’s largest particle accelerator. Day-to-day Morgan maintains and runs the electrical systems, carrying out repairs and helping design new systems that will make everything work faster and better.  

“When I first came to CERN I was really taken aback by the size of the machines, I was nervous about doing work in case I broke them.” 

“Every day you’re working on cutting-edge stuff for the benefit of physics and fundamental research. We’ve developed machines for cancer treatment, which is a pretty nice feeling to know that you’ve had your part in that.” 

“The experiments [at CERN] reveal what actually created the universe, so it’s definitely a pretty cool place to work!”

Morgan's career pathway

  • 2012 Completed GCSEs and began an Advanced Apprenticeship with a local electrical engineering company
  • 2016 Finished his apprenticeship and began working as an Electrician
  • 2017 Applied and got accepted onto the Technician Training Experience programme at CERN

To read more about technician roles at CERN please click here.

What it takes to be a Electrical Technician

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Average salary

Average salary for this job in the UK £40,040
Average salary for a job in the UK* £26,260

Employment statuses

  • Full Time Employed: 29,577
  • Part Time Employed: 1,915
  • Self Employed: 1,178
  • TOTAL EMPLOYED: 32,670

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