One minute with Steve Krave, mechanical engineer

Steve Krave works on magnetic coils in Industrial Building 2. Photo: Reidar Hahn

How long have you been at Fermilab?
I’ve been here about a year and a half as a regular employee.

What brought you here?
I grew up in Aurora, so this was always one of those cool places to go as a kid. Visiting was always fun, and I used to think, “Oh, that’s so cool, I want to work there.” Then I ended up getting a job here, which was great.

What does your typical workday look like?
We’re winding big coils for detector magnets at Jefferson Lab [in Virginia]. I go around and keep an eye on everything to make sure it’s all getting built as specified.

I originally got brought in to work on the impregnation process of the coils — the coil is insulated with fiberglass tape and it gets impregnated with epoxy. But then I got into keeping everything on the floor moving.

What would you consider the most exciting part of your job?
Every day is different. This is a production environment. We’re turning out one of these coils about every four weeks. And we have three of them running at a time so we can get them delivered to Jefferson Lab. There’s a lot of stuff going on.

What about your job do you find the most fulfilling?
I like making things. It’s neat seeing something come together. The parts show up as a big pile of stuff and then become these really big magnets.

You submit photos to Fermilab Today for publication. What inspires your photography?
Photography gives you a good excuse to go out and see things. That works pretty well at Fermilab because there’s always something unusual going on to take pictures of.

What is something people might not know about you?
I built my own skis, which is something I’m rather proud of.

Diana Kwon

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