Handling Equipment Technical Engineer (EN-HE-HEM-2019-9-LD)

  • Geneva, Switzerland
  • Contract

Company Description

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on http://home.cern.

Job Description


Are you interested in the installation, maintenance and operation of cranes, hoists and/or lifts? Would you like to help with the organisation needed to install, maintain and consolidate all kind of handling equipment in one of the biggest laboratories in Europe? Then take part and work alongside engineers, scientists, and various technical teams at CERN!


As a Technical Engineer in the Handling Equipment Management Section, you will take part in the design, specification, installation, commissioning, maintenance and performance monitoring of about 350 cranes, 900 hoists, 130 lifts and miscellaneous other handling equipment, many of which are of strategical importance for the operation of CERN's accelerator complex and its experiments.

You will: 

  • Organize, coordinate and supervise maintenance interventions.
  • Plan, schedule and supervise installation and repair works in collaboration with the services concerned.
  • Ensure that the work performed complies with assembly drawings, priorities and deadlines.
  • Keep the installation files up-to-date (technical files, equipment lists, etc).
  • Either provide technical input for, or write, design and technical specifications.
  • Monitor the handling equipment performance by using Computerised Maintenance Management Systems.
  • Elaborate optimised maintenance and consolidation plans.
  • Ensure compliance with safety rules for all activities described above.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the fields of electro-mechanics, mechatronics or a related field.


  • Initial experience in the installation and commissioning of handling equipment.
  • Initial experience in the maintenance of handling equipment.

Technical competencies:

  • Operation and maintenance of electromechanical equipment and systems.
  • Installation and commissioning of lifting and handling equipment.
  • Organisation, planning and control: organization, coordination and follow up of installation and maintenance interventions in relation with site/building responsible and contractors.
  • Use of Office software packages.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Achieving results: having a structured and organised approach towards work; being able to set priorities and plan tasks with results in mind.
  • Solving problems: identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them; recognizing what is essential; discriminating between important and peripheral information and being able to see the whole picture.
  • Demonstrating flexibility: adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements; being able to deal with ambiguous or unpredictable situations.
  • Working in teams: contributing to promoting a positive atmosphere in the team through an optimistic and constructive attitude; addressing issues.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: proposing ways to improve or streamline existing procedures, processes and methodologies.

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written English or French: ability to draw up technical texts in one of the two languages.
  • Willingness to acquire the other language rapidly.

Additional Information

Eligibility and closing date:

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States and Associate Member States. (https://home.cern/about/member-states)

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 22.03.2019.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • Work in radiation areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence is required.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 4-5

Job reference: EN-HE-HEM-2019-9-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Electromechanical Technical Engineer

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