Graeme’s job is to figure out how to maintain, upgrade and assemble cryostats – chambers that keep the Large Hadron Collider’s (LHC)superconducting magnets colder than out of space.

Managing a team of five, he works in French and English to figure out the best ways to take apart and re-assemble equipment that can weigh up to 32 tonnes. He also creates instruction kits so that other teams can put together complex components and provides technical expertise to ensure engineering designs work in the LHC 100m below ground.

“When I was at school, I wasn’t that academic to be honest with you, but I enjoyed physics – it was the only science lesson I enjoyed. I found it really exciting. Fast-forward and it’s really odd that I’m working in a science environment!”

Graeme has worked on projects at the forefront of science throughout his career, so what is his greatest achievement? “Coming out to CERN and working abroad in French on an enormous project. When I was young I never thought I would be working abroad, but as I got older I liked the idea and it’s something I should have done sooner – it’s something I would encourage anyone to do.”

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Graeme - Career Pathway

  • 1982-1986
    Completed a four-year apprenticehip with the UK Atomic Energy Authority
  • 1986
    Became an instrument maker
  • 1985-2005
    Spent 20 years working on nuclear fusion projects in Oxfordshire
  • 2005
    Leading technician at the Diamond Light Source facility
  • 2012 – Present
    Mechanical technician at CERN

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