TechnicAtome staff: skilful, agile teams who are committed to success.
Read what our employees have to say about their experience and enthusiasm for their job.
What is your job as an expert?
I’m a chemical engineer, based on the TechnicAtome Cadarache site. My main area of expertise is chemistry in the nuclear industry, especially in the design and operational phase of the facilities. It’s a job that actively contributes to safety by monitoring the integrity of circuits by means of periodic physical-chemical and radiochemical measurements.
I work on monitoring and operational maintenance for all the installations on the site, on the start-up of the on-shore reactor (RES) and its associated laboratory, and also on the optimization of existing processes. I work on processing events as long as they have some relation to chemistry. I’m also called upon during facility dismantling phases.
I manage a team of 4 chemical technicians in 3 laboratories in Cadarache and Cherbourg.
What was your career like before you became an expert?
I graduated as an industrial chemistry engineer from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM). I’ve been working for TechnicAtome for 18 years, first as a chemical technician on the on-shore test reactor RNG and then on the nuclear aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle for the start-up of the two steam supply systems. I had the opportunity to work for on-board chemical laboratories on all types of nuclear-powered vessels in the French Navy. I also worked for 8 years as shift engineer on the AZUR pile in Cadarache. Since 2003 I have been in charge of the chemistry unit on the TechnicAtome Cadarache site.
In addition to my job, I’m passing on my knowledge through the training that I provide to the chemists in the French Navy and INSTN.
What do you like most about your job?
The field of chemistry is varied and always changing. At TechnicAtome chemistry is a cross-cutting discipline over all the facilities: you get to know all the phases of design, qualification, operation and to talk to people with different profiles. It is an exciting, very diverse profession, and rewarding from the technical and human standpoints.