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CAD and PLM Technical Engineer (EN-ACE-CAE-2018-89-LD)

Geneva (Switzerland)

Company Description

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on

Job Description


Are you a mechanical CAD and PLM specialist familiar with CATIA who enjoys sharing ideas with others? Would you like to work with, and support, a wide range of experts from different fields? Then join CERN's Computer Aided Engineering Section and contribute your expertise in an exciting and challenging environment. CERN, take part!

You will join:

  • The Engineering Department (EN) that provides engineering competences, infrastructure systems and technical coordination for the world's largest particle accelerator complex and its experimental facilities.
  • The Accelerator Coordination and Engineering Group (ACE), which provides development and support for the Organization's engineering data, CAD systems and maintenance management tools. The group further provides project coordination for the accelerator complex, including layout management, integration, scheduling, work and safety coordination.
  • The Computer Aided Engineering Section (CAE) section, responsible for providing the Organization with tools, support, training and methodology for engineering processes, including mechanical CAD and PLM, is responsible for providing mechanical CAD software and corresponding data management system plus dedicated tools for the CERN design and engineering community.


As a  CAD and PLM Technical Engineer you will be a key member of the CAD Service team providing CERN's engineering design community with a wide range of applications in an integrated engineering data management environment.

You will:

  • Assist CAD and PLM users by providing support, disseminating best practices and resolving problems around the CAD and PLM tools. Typical application areas include CAD Data Management and CAD methodologies.
  • Create and document  guidelines and best practices and contribute to training the CAD user community.
  • Collaborate with CERN's design offices to improve both the tools and services provided.
  • Produce technical documentation as well as customize and participate in the development of applications provided.
  • Contribute to the project of replacing SmarTeam with a new PDM/PLM tool for CERN's CAD data management.


Bachelor's degree, or equivalent relevant experience in the field of mechanical engineering, or a related field.


  • Demonstrated experience of using mechanical CAD tools, in particular CATIA V5.
  • Demonstrated experience with providing user support, as well as technical support and troubleshooting of applications.
  • Demonstrated experience with PLM/PDM systems, knowledge of SmarTeam is an asset.

Technical competencies:

  • Production of 2D drawings and 3D models: using CATIA V5 and relevant standards.
  • Capturing and analysis of requirements for ICT systems: pLM and CAD tools.
  • Use of scientific and engineering software packages: product Lifecycle Management.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Communicating effectively: expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point.
  • Working in teams: understanding when teamwork is required to achieve the best results; including others accordingly and sharing information; building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge: creating or participating in forums to exchange experience, comparing techniques and learn from others; sharing knowledge and expertise freely and willingly with others; coaching others to ensure knowledge transfer.
  • Solving problems: identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them.
  • Managing self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting; taking initiative beyond regular tasks and making things happen.

Language skills:

  • Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts. 
  • Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations in at least one of the two languages.

Additional Information

Eligibility and closing date:

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States and Associate Member States. (

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 05.09.2018.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • Work in radiation areas.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays.

Job grade: 4-5

Job reference: EN-ACE-CAE-2018-89-LD

Benchmark Job Title: Mechanical Technical Engineer

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  • Organization: CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: Grade 4 - Technical or Administrative roles - Only open to Nationals of all CERN Member States and Associate Member States - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-09

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