Since he was 16, Jamie dreamed of working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN. By becoming a technician, he was able to get there in just six years.

Now 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 every day, it changes every day. There has never been two days the same. There are so many aspects and parts on these experiments that only a technician can work on.”

From Sat Navs and X-ray machines to the internet, CERN has been behind some of the biggest inventions in modern history. Being a part of that and helping make a difference to the world keeps Jamie motivated to do a good job.

“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 range to try and solve the problems that I’m given.”

“CERN is a huge, diverse community of people which includes engineers, technicians, scientists, lawyers and 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.”

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

Jamie - Career Pathway

  • 2010
    Completed A-levels in Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Graphic Design
  • 2010 -2014
    Began an apprenticeship with Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, completing an NVQ and a HNC
  • 2014
    Applied and got accepted onto the Technician Training Experience programme at CERN
  • 2016
    Became a full-time member of staff with a 9 year contract

Stats - Mechanical Engineering Technician


Average Salary

Annual:
£39,000
Weekly:
£750

Employment Statuses


Full Time Employed: 75,904
Part Time Employed: 3,957
Self Employed: 5,937
Total Employed: 85,798

Gender Split


Male: 75,914
Female: 9,885

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