The engineering work shop at the Crick.
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Can we fix it?

Every corner of the Crick building contains specialist equipment, which scientists rely on to get their work done. When the equipment breaks, the science stops.

Meet Alan

It’s a rollercoaster. You never know what will come through the door next but it’s great when somebody arrives with a new challenge for us.
Alan Ling, Workshop Manager
Alan Ling

Meet Alan

Alan Ling started out as an apprentice and has worked alongside scientists for almost 30 years – creating bespoke equipment and fixing faults in the Mechanical Engineering workshop.

Employment pathway

  • 1979

    Completed A Levels including Maths, Physics, Design and Technology

  • 1979 - 1983

    BTEC Level 3 Apprentice, Mechanical Engineering, The Metal Box Company, London, UK

  • 1985 - 1987

    Product Model Maker, Satherlay Design Associates, London, UK

  • 1987 - 2015

    Medical Instrument Maker, National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK

  • 2012 - 2015

    Workshop Manager, National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK

  • 2015 - Present

    Workshop Manager, Mechanical Engineering, Francis Crick Institute, London, UK 

Meet John

John Giwa
This job is very dynamic and requires a lot of hands on equipment experience. A lot of us here have worked in many industry areas and this gives us a better knowledge of how to take things apart, and put them together again.
John Giwa, Service Engineer, Scientific Equipment Care

Meet John

Electronic engineer John Giwa used to work as a programmer and engineer in the amusement arcade and telecoms industries. Now he uses this wide-ranging experience to diagnose and fix failing scientific equipment at the Crick.

  • 1983

    Completed A level equivalent including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Extension Mathematics, Nigeria

  • 1984 - 1989

    Bachelor of Science in  Mechanical Engineering, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria

  • 2004 - 2012

    Engineer, Annecto Telecoms Ltd, London, UK

  • 2006 -2013

    Project Manager and Software Developer, Cork Amusement Centre, Cork, Ireland

  • 2013 - 2016

    Freelance Web Developer, London, UK

  • 2016 - Present

    Electronic Service Engineer, Scientific Equipment Care, Francis Crick Institute, London, UK 

Have you got what it takes?

Here are the top three skills needed to work in Engineering:

  • Attention to detail
  • Practical application
  • Problem solving

    For more information on the different skills required for technical roles in science and beyond, have a look at the Technicians Make it Happen prospectus:

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