Pierre Jourjon is a design technician in the installation, renewal and maintenance of overhead catenary and electrification systems. He is also a member of the Handisport Forézien wheelchair basketball club. He tells us about his job and his passion for his sport.
What is your educational background?
I have a certificate of professional competence (CAP) and a vocational diploma (BEP) in the installation of electrical equipment. Following my studies, I worked on building sites in the industrial and services sectors. In 2008, I had an accident that rendered me paraplegic. As a result, I undertook two years of further study to become an electrical design office technician.
And it was following this training that you joined Mobility?
Yes, that's right. I have worked in the design department at Saint-Priest-en-Jarez since 2012. Initially, I worked on execution studies for overhead electrical supply lines. Later, supervised by specialists, I learnt about the catenary sector, so as to carry out detailed phasing studies. Now, still with the support of sector specialists, I am also working on electrification plans for new infrastructure.
Catenary and electrification systems are two very different and complex sectors. The sharing of knowledge and support from which I benefit have enabled me to develop multiple skills.
And what do you do when you’re not at work?
I am the small forward for the Handisport Forézien wheelchair basketball club. I had never played basketball before my accident, but for the last five years, I have trained three times a week and the club is on the rise. We play at Nationale C level (France's third national wheelchair basketball league). We travel for matches around ten times a year, throughout France, playing at a semi-professional level. Our team includes international players who have taken part in the European Championship and the Paralympics. As of a few months ago, Mobility provides financial support to our club.