Daresbury Laboratory


Engineering Technology Centre

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.

Key facts

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.


How to find us

Find Daresbury Laboratory.

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.

Find ETC site locations at STFC Daresbury Laboratory.


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

Last updated: 12 September 2023

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