One minute with William Miner, PPD senior technician

William Miner works at the Proton Assembly Building. Photo: Reidar Hahn

William Miner works at the Proton Assembly Building. Photo: Reidar Hahn

How long have you been at Fermilab?
I started working at Fermilab as a temporary technician for three years and then became a full-time technician 10 and a half years ago. I have also traveled to CERN three times while working here.

What is a typical day for you like?
I help build, repair and maintain the machinery and systems used for experiments at the Proton Assembly Building. A typical day involves starting at 6:30 a.m. to maintain and run vacuum and cryogenics machinery. Over eight years, I helped build the cryogenics systems, called Luke and Bo, and I help with ongoing support and modifications.

How did you become interested in this line of work?
I’ve worked with mechanical equipment all my life. Before Fermilab, I was an industrial mechanic at a refractory company in this area. When they closed down, I applied for a job at Fermilab. I was very interested in the technology that’s used here. It’s all history after that.

What do you enjoy best about working at the lab?
I enjoy the people here, and I think there is a sense of family among co-workers. You have your ups and downs, but someone is always there for you, and I’ll never forget any of my co-workers.

What’s next for you?
I plan on staying here for as long as Fermilab will have me.

What do you like to do for fun?
I live in Marseilles, Ill., where the Fox and Illinois rivers meet. I enjoy fishing and camping in the summer months as much as I can and sledding in the winter. I also spend a lot of time with my 4-year-old granddaughter. Every Saturday morning I go bird watching by the rivers near my home. At CERN I enjoyed mountain climbing and meeting new people.

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