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Career Profile: Technicians

TRIUMF relies on over 175 highly skilled technicians, technologists, and skilled and semi-skilled trades personnel working in a wide range of areas in order to maintain the operational aspects of the laboratory. TRIUMF's applied technologists work in mechanical design, electrical, electronic, and mechanical technology, robotics and mechatronics. The work of these technologists is directly related to experimental work at TRIUMF. The laboratory also employs several individuals in the skilled trades, primarily Manual and CNC Machinists and Fabrication Welders who work in our Machine Shop to produce the unique research apparatuses required for subatomic physics experiments. Rigging and Crane Operators are also required for technical work in the experimental halls.

In addition to job specific requirements, these are some of the skills and attributes we look for in our Technicians:

  • Integrity
  • Resourcefulness
  • Hands-on approach
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Technical Qualification (TQ) in relevant field
  • Knowledge of the tools, materials, equipment, and technology relevant to the field
  • Good knowledge and skills in engineering, technology, and computers
  • Ability to finish tasks with speed, efficiency, and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
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Here's what our Technicians are saying...

"What I love about my mechanical design job at TRIUMF is the constantly changing and unique requirements of the job, such as designing with factors like high vacuum, radiation resistance, shielding, and, of late the fascination of superconducting cryogenic particle accelerators. What I love about TRIUMF is the amount of freedom and responsibility that is bestowed upon its employees and a work environment that values your brain more than your wardrobe."

- Tim Emmens, Mechanical Designer

"What makes TRIUMF special is its people. Working in a supportive environment which allows one to learn every day is very rewarding."

- Claire Mocock, Accelerator Operator

"Working at TRIUMF makes me feel part of an international family that has a vested interest in the overall success of the laboratory. As a mechanical designer, I am involved in a variety of projects, each uniquely challenging and calling on various abilities. I find great satisfaction in initiating the creative flow that starts with an idea, gains momentum as it takes shape in the form of a 3 dimensional model, then in its physical form, and culminates in the realization of the initial idea."

- Daniel Rowbotham, Applied Engineering Technology Manager - Design Office