Mechanical drafter Jagir Singh Reehal retires after 21 years

Jagir Singh Reehal

There will be a farewell coffee for Jagir Singh Reehal today at 12 p.m. in the MW9 cryogenic department building.

Jagir Singh Reehal joined Fermilab in 1990 to prepare drawings and designs of several mechanical upgrades for the Central Helium Liquefier (CHL). During the next 21 years, he helped craft countless mechanical projects.

Most recently, his attention to detail benefited the design and drafting group where he diagrams mechanical piping and layout drawings for the cryogenics group in Accelerator Division. Reehal will retire on Aug. 12.

“I enjoyed working at Fermilab,” Reehal said. “My favorite part was designing the mechanical components of the physical piping.”

Not only did Reehal help update the mechanical aspects of buildings at Fermilab, he also modernized the designs leading to the upgrades.

“He was responsible for upgrading the drawings from the legacy drafts to the digital versions,” Michael Geynisman, CHL deputy group leader, said. “Jagir copied and preserved all of the drawings for the CHL, so we could have a reference for future designs.”

Geynisman also credits Reehal with the designs of all CHL piping upgrades since about 1995.

Colleagues say Reehal’s diligent and reliable nature made him stand out.

“Jagir has always been very pleasant to work with,” said Jerry Makara, CHL group leader. “We had to make frequent changes when we upgraded the various portions of the facility. He was always flexible in accommodating our requests.”

David Richardson, the design drafter supervisor of the cryogenics group, has fond memories of working with Reehal.

“He’s one of the kindest, most gentle people I’ve ever worked with,” Richardson said. “Jagir gets along with everyone.”

Richardson also said that Reehal never turned down a project, working on anything and everything asked of him.

“Jagir is a patient man.” Geynisman said. “He’s very nice to work with.”

Reehal plans to spend more time with his family and at his temple once he retires.

“I want to enjoy my retirement,” Reehal said.

His colleagues voiced well wishes for Reehal and his future.

“I wish him happiness,” Makara said. “And I hope he enjoys his retirement life to the fullest.”

Richardson stated it simply.

“Jagir is going to be missed,” Richardson said. “I hope he’ll visit.”

Ashley WennersHerron