The Engineering Technology Centre (ETC) at Daresbury offers expertise in project management and multidisciplinary engineering solutions, from conceptual design and simulation, through prototyping and manufacture to build, testing, installation and commissioning.
The ETC delivers an integrated approach to today’s scientific and technological challenges by combining mechanical design and analysis, cryogenics, CNC machining, advanced metrology, electrical systems integration and intelligent control systems.
Engineers in the ETC have extensive experience and know-how in delivering integrated engineering systems for particle accelerators, light sources and laser facilities. ETC engineers are responsible for the design and assembly of devices ranging from the nanometre scale through to giant detector systems for experiments at CERN, GSI and J-PARC to explore fundamental physics.
Many of the recent accelerator systems at Daresbury (ALICE, EMMA, VELA) and projects for ISIS, DLS, nuclear physics (for example, AGATA), particle physics (for example, T2K), have been assembled, integrated and tested in the ETC. Its engineers and technicians contribute professional engineering, design, analysis, realisation and ongoing operational support and management of these facilities.
The ETC is part of the Technology Department, which provides advanced technology and engineering in support of both STFC-funded activities and other high profile international projects.
The ETC operates within a quality management system and is committed to a continual improvement culture, externally audited and certified by the British Standards Institution (BSI) to ISO 9001:2015.
Within the ETC, there are four main groups:
- Projects and Mechanical Engineering
- Control Systems and Safety Interlocks
- Electrical Systems
- Mechanical, Metrology and Technical Engineering.
- Diamond Light Source
- ISIS Instrumentation
How to find us
Engineering Technology Centre staff and facilities are located at STFC Daresbury Laboratory in two buildings:
- the Tower Building accommodates Projects, Mechanical Engineering and Controls Systems activities
- the Systems Integration Building (ETC Building) accommodates the Precision Machining Centre, Clean Rooms, Electrical Engineering, Magnet Test and Large Systems Assembly.
ETC Head – Ian Lazarus
Telephone: 01925 603 433
Projects and Mechanical Engineering – Tom Jones
Telephone: 01925 603 180
Control Systems and Safety Interlocks – Graham Cox
Telephone: 01925 603 431
Electrical Systems – Stephen Griffiths
Telephone: 01925 603 154
Mechanical, Metrology and Technical Engineering – Phil Atkinson
Telephone: 01925 603 371