A 40-year veteran of Mobility, this trained electrician knows the Lyon metro like the back of his hand. Starting as an apprentice, he is now Senior Foreman and particularly enjoys his role as coordinator of large projects.
Since when have you been working for Mobility?
I started in 1974 as an apprentice. I started my career on projects for Lines A and B on the Lyon metro that went into service in 1978: tunnel lighting, fire detection systems, ventilation.
What is your background?
After my military service, I joined the teams working on the automation of EDF electrical substations near Valence and Grenoble. Then I worked on the automation of dams in the Isère region. In 1986, I was Team Leader on Line D of the Lyon metro and the renewal of the lighting on Lines A and B: I dismantled the ageing systems I had put in place several years earlier. Afterwards, I worked on several of the Lyon tramway lines, as well as the Rhône Express line, the tramways for Clermont-Ferrand and Orléans. I am currently working on the project for the Saverne tunnel used by the TGV high speed train line to Strasbourg.
What do you enjoy about your profession?
Working on site! And I am proud to have grown within the organisation: Team Leader and now Senior Foreman. I love to work on big projects, manage purchasing, handle suppliers, work with different professions -- it’s all very motivating. Over my 40-year career, I have many good memories, particularly on the tramway projects. I also remember the automation of hydro-electric power plants, going down the face of dams in a basket!
And what do you do when you are not working?
I love computers. I’m self-taught. And since I’m often travelling during the week, I like to spend weekends with my family. I also enjoy cycling and photography.