Ed McGrellis

Ed McGrellis

Halton

They wouldn’t discover anything without us! I can guarantee you that they would never have discovered the Higgs boson without the cleaners at CERN doing their job.

Ed is one of the cleaners at Daresbury Laboratory – without him and the other cleaners supporting #TeamScience, the science taking place there just wouldn’t happen.

What do you do in your job?

In the morning I am a handy man, and in the afternoon go back to cleaning and keeping the site tidy.

If you had to summarise the impact your job has on everyday life – what would you say in two sentences?

It’s immense! You need people to look after the site, without us the place wouldn’t function!

What’s the best thing about your job?

I’ve cleaned of lots of sites, and it’s really interesting here. There are always lots of things going on and every day is different.

It’s one of the few jobs I’ve had for a while where I come in with a smile on my face in the morning. I’ve been here for about 18 months now.

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How does your job support the people and the science that happens on site?

They wouldn’t discover anything without us! I can guarantee you that they would never have discovered the Higgs boson without the cleaners at CERN doing their job.

What is it like working in a facility like Daresbury Laboratory?

It’s really interesting. When I am cleaning in the tower, I talk to the guys working there about stuff they are working on and I love it.

And I am done by 3pm in the afternoon, and then I have free time to do other things. I am getting a psychology degree from the Open University. My daughter has gone to university to study psychology so I want to see if I can beat her to it!

What did you study at school?

I got about 10 O-levels in lots of different things: English, maths – all the usual stuff. My dad was in the army, so I took some in Germany and ended up resitting them when I got back!

What top tips would you have for people wanting a job like yours?

  • You have to have a good eye for detail, so you can spot things that are unclean or out of place
  • You need good communication skills – so much of our job is talking to people. You have to be able to have a laugh with people, but not take it too far
  • You need to be able to work unsupervised – you need to be trustworthy enough to just go and do the job and get on with it without your manager following you around all day!

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