TWI and The Welding Institute’s Offshore Energy Technical Group are hosting a free-to-attend webinar looking at, ‘Offshore Wind – Engineering from Sea to Sky,’ on 26-27 November, 2020.
The Welding Institute’s Offshore Energy Technical Group is Chaired by Fellow of the Institute, Brian Bell (CEng Eur Ing) and TWI Principal Project Leader, Matthew Haslett (MWeldI). The Technical Group provides industry technical talks covering topics including offshore structures, pipelines, risers, process systems and subsea installations.
This online event will offer both engineers and scientists an insight into the scope and array of problems faced within the offshore wind sector including detailed solutions to the current engineering challenges discussed throughout.
The two-day event is an online programme of talks supported by presentations where industry experts will be looking at the material and structural integrity challenges associated with offshore wind turbines that have been designed and manufactured for a lifetime of 27 years. The online webinars will look at topics such as the geographical and locational impacts of where windfarms are situated, including information on the standards governing design with innovative solutions available to meet the demanding conditions of operation. The two-day online event will also cover the role that design plays within other stages of offshore wind turbine life cycles, including maintenance, re-powering and decommissioning.
Find out more about the event including the speakers, full programme, registration details through TWI's website.
Welding Institute Technician Member, Jake Rambaldini, who joined the Institute in 2010, has been appointed as the welding training manager for the WorldSkills competition, which is taking place in Shanghai next year!
Jake has over 12 years’ experience within the welding field and is currently the Director of Rambaldini Welding Services Ltd, completely taking over the company in 2018 after business partner Jon Pearsall's retirement. Through his hands-on role within his company, Jake carries out multiple jobs ranging from consultancy advice to conducting weld procedures, offering a complete solutions approach for his clients and customers.
Jake’s welding career began in 2007 when he carried out his advanced apprenticeship at Doosan Babcock’s welder training school, continuing on 2 years into his three year apprenticeship to compete at the SkillWeld UK welding competition and winning gold in 2010. From this, Jake continued on to compete at the 2011 WorldSkills competition, achieving the bronze medal after competing against 35 global competitors.
Reflecting on his experience of competing in both competitions, Jake explained that he revelled in the competitive environment and enjoyed that he was unfazed by its unfamiliarity, highlighting how he treated the tasks as he would in his normal job, simply adapting his work output to new time limits and settings. He also noted that he was the only apprentice at the time of competing in the 2011 WorldSkills welding competition, a fact that he was unaware of until after the competition was over.
Talking about his experience of competing at SkillWeld UK and WorldSkills, Jake highlighted the opportunities that it offered him within his career, listing the impressive opportunities to travel across the globe to countries such as Australia and South Africa. Through these opportunities, Jake expressed how it allowed him to take his passion and experience in welding into new environments, even including training other global WorldSkills welding teams such as in South Africa.
Jake’s involvement with the competition has also stretched further than just competing, with him now sitting on the SkillWeld Committee for over 6 years and recently being appointed as the welding training manager for the WorldSkills competition 2021 in Shanghai. Through this role, he acts as the UK’s welding expert with responsibilities including devising training plans and organising training events. He also explained that he offers his own company’s facilities for training the competitors he manages.
Describing his motivations for taking on this role, Jake explained it is his passion for the welding career and industry that has led him to have a mind-set and goal to, ‘share my experience and the knowledge I’ve learnt myself and put it into someone else.’ He further explained that through these roles, he is able to attend Further Education (FE) institutions to promote the welding industry and career, something that allows him to share his passion and knowledge with the upcoming generation of welders and engineers.
The Welding Institute would like to congratulate Jake on being appointed as the welding training manager for the WorldSkills 2021 competition in Shanghai and also acknowledge the excellent support he carries out to encourage the future generation of welders, an aim that we, as a professional engineering institution, align ourselves with closely.
Take a look at the support that The Welding Institute provides with the WorldSkills and SkillWeld competitions here.
Fellow of The Welding Institute, John Kell has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to UK Trade and Investment.
John joined The Welding Institute 26 years ago, progressing to Fellow in 2002 and currently sits on the Professional Board as a Board Member. He also worked for TWI from 2001 to 2008 as a Business Development Manager where he managed the international business development automotive and motor sport sector portfolio. His role also involved providing internal guidance to technology departments in industry/sector needs, working on both UK and EU collaborative research projects. Additionally, John chaired the TWI Automotive Sector Team and worked with other TWI Technology groups on renewable energy developments.
The Welding Institute would like to take this opportunity to congratulate John on his incredible achievement of being awarded an MBE and thank him for his continued support within his voluntary role as a Professional Board Member of The Welding Institute!
Welding Institute Member and TWI Senior Project Leader, Josh Barras has been named as one of the next 101 Future Leader Fellowship awardees by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
The Future Leaders Fellowship is a cross-UK research and innovation scheme established to support early career researchers and innovators through providing awardee fellows with an investment of between £400,000 and £1.5 million over an initial four years. This grant aims to support the Fellows’ new challenging and novel projects whilst also providing support for the development of their own career.
Josh Barras is a Member of The Welding Institute and also a Senior Project Leader at TWI, where he specialises in the experimental research of laser metal deposition (LMD) coating and 3D printing technology in TWI’s laser additive manufacturing section.
The Welding Institute would like to congratulate Josh on his achievement in being named as a Fellow of the Future Leader Fellowship scheme!
President of The Welding Institute and Director of Operations and Technology for Air at BAE Systems, Dave Holmes has been awarded an OBE for services to the aerospace manufacturing industry.
Dave started his career as an apprentice at BAE Systems over 35 years ago and has since progressed his career to become the Manufacturing Director for the Air Sector. He joined The Welding Institute in 2019 and took the role of President, a role that he has used to support our Members, especially over the previous months.
The Welding Institute would like to congratulate Dave on being awarded an OBE and also thank him for the work and support he offers to the Institute through his presidency!
The Welding Institute’s Teesside and Northumbria Branches will be hosting a webinar for their Branch Members which will look at the sub-surface machining technique, ‘CoreFlowTM,’ on the 19 October, 2020.
The webinar will look at ‘CoreFlowTM,’ a highly disruptive, new sub-surface machining technique invented by TWI Ltd. The talk will explore this revolutionary new technology and its potential uses in heat exchangers, cooling systems and other systems.
The talk will be delivered by TWI Principal Project Leader in Friction and Forge Processes and Welding Institute Member, João Gandra (MWeldI Interim CEng). João’s experience within Friction Welding expands across both academic and industrial environments, with him also having published over 20 peer-reviewed publications and conference papers.
The Eastern Counties Branch will be hosting a Member only webinar on, ‘The Denver Sluice Complex,’ specifically for the Members of their Branch. Guest speaker and Superintendent at Denver Complex, Daniel Pollard, will be delivering this webinar on 14 October, 2020.
The webinar will look at the Denver Sluice Complex and its role in water management and protection of the people of the Fens, their properties and low-lying land from flooding. The complex is located at the confluent of five watercourses and was initially constructed in the mid-1600s. This event will also explore the current systems of sluices and structures that the Environment Agency, who are responsible for the Denver Complex’s management, continues to put in place.
TWI Training and Examinations’ Senior Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) Lecturer, Konstantinos Chronopoulos has recently achieved professional registration with the Engineering Council as an Incorporated Engineer and professional membership with The Welding Institute as a Member!
Konstantinos Chronopoulos is a Senior Non- Destructive Testing (NDT) Lecturer at TWI, starting his role in 2019. His role as a Senior NDT Lecturer for TWI Training and Examinations, involves delivering a wide range of NDT courses such as, Visual Testing (VT), Penetrant Testing (PT), Magnetic Particle Testing (MT), Ultrasonic Testing (UT), Radiographic Testing (RT), Phased Array Ultrasonic Testing (PAUT) and Time of Flight Diffraction Testing (ToFD). In addition to delivering these courses as a lecturer, Konstantinos also works on the development of new courses, including for example the PolyTest Course, where he works to meet requirements set out by CSWIP. He is also involved with the redevelopment of course material and collaborating with other sections within TWI, consulting on various NDT related tasks.
Within the short amount of time that Konstantinos has been a Member of the Institute, he has also been recognised for his academic work and has successfully been awarded the Armourers and Brasiers’ BEng/BSc Award, 2020.
Konstantinos explained that it was through the continuous personal development modules that he studied during his BEng Mechanical Engineering and Design degree that he was made aware of the overall process of membership of Professional Engineering Institutions and Professional Registration with the Engineering Council and the importance of conducting and maintaining continuous professional development (CPD). He continued to say that he joined The Welding Institute when he first joined TWI in 2019 and, shortly after, initiated his professional registration with the Engineering Council as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng).
When explaining the reasons behind his choice to become a Member of The Welding Institute and professionally registered with the Engineering Council, Konstantinos highlighted the career and employability prospects the titles offer and further highlighted that it enables him to demonstrate his professional attitude to employers and also have an international recognition of competence within his job.
Reflecting on the process of gaining professional registration, Konstantinos described that, ‘the process was very clear and straightforward and this was due to the excellent support provided by The Welding Institute.’ He further explained that, ‘the interview was quite demanding but, overall, it was a great experience as the interviewers created a very pleasant atmosphere whilst they conducted the technical requirements of the process itself.’
Konstantinos concluded by offering the following statement and advice to anyone else considering or already undertaking professional membership and registration:
“This is something that any professional engineer should go through, as the process itself is a great learning journey, allowing you to reflect on your professional evolution and leading you to have a balance between the daily tasks of your professional development.”
The Welding Institute would like to congratulate Konstantinos on successfully achieving his Professional Membership and Registration with the Engineering Council and The Welding Institute as an Incorporated Engineer.
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The Welding Institute’s Younger Members’ Committee (YMC) has a new chair elect, Catherine Leahy AWeldI. Catherine’s official appointment is set to be finalised in October 2020 by the Institute’s Professional Board.
The Younger Members’ Committee has a diverse remit. The committee looks to engage young professional engineers who are Members of the Institute to encourage and assist their professional and career development. However, the Committee also undertakes a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) outreach activities, such as delivering the Institute’s ‘welding with chocolate’ activity and, for the third year running, hosting a robotic inspection-based ‘defect detectives’ workshop in March 2020, in collaboration with Cambridge Launchpad.
Catherine succeeds Matthew Haslett, who is stepping down from the role in October 2020 after serving as chair since 2013. Reflecting on his time as chair of the Younger Members’ Committee, Matt offered the following statement:
“Over the past seven years, it has been a privilege to chair the Younger Members’ Committee. Not only have I been able to help support younger Members of The Welding Institute with career development, but it has also allowed me to promote welding, joining and its associated technologies to children and young people across the UK. This continues to be a real passion of mine and the importance of enthusing and inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists cannot be underestimated. The role of YMC chair has been crucial is letting me ‘give something back’ to the profession that I work in. I wish Catherine the best of luck with taking up this new role and am confident that she will continue to be a great ambassador for The Welding Institute.”
Catherine is currently a corrosion technician at TWI Ltd and, having previously completed an advanced level apprenticeship in mechanical engineering within the Materials and Structural Integrity group, she is now studying towards her BEng degree in applied engineering with the University of Warwick as a higher degree apprentice.
She started her advanced (level 3) apprenticeship and role at TWI Ltd in 2017 after completing her A-levels in physics, maths and chemistry, going on to her higher degree (levels 4 and above) apprenticeship in 2019. When talking about why she chose to take an engineering apprenticeship, Catherine explained that, after studying her A-levels, “the idea of committing to a full time degree and everything that comes with it was very daunting. Only too often I hear tales of students finishing degrees with huge amounts of debt and are unable to get a job due to lack of experience. I felt that an engineering apprenticeship would be an excellent way for me to gain valuable experience in a real working environment, whilst also gaining the knowledge and education from both my advanced apprenticeship and now my degree apprenticeship.” She also further highlighted that she was the only female in her class during her advanced apprenticeship.
Catherine also reflected on the journey from completing her A-levels to going into full-time employment as an advanced apprentice, saying that, “coming straight from school to a full time job/apprenticeship was a big change. Adjusting to the world of work can be quite challenging at times, especially at such a young age, but overall the whole experience has been extremely rewarding.”
When discussing the reasons behind her choice to get involved with the Younger Members’ Committee, Catherine explained that, “the outreach programme with both TWI and The Welding Institute’s Younger Members’ Committee is something that I have been heavily involved with since beginning my role at TWI. During my first few months of volunteering, I mainly took part in events organised by colleagues to introduce myself to the outreach programme – this is where my interest in becoming a STEM ambassador began. Since then, I have worked to officially become a STEM Ambassador and work alongside the chair of YMC to plan and co-ordinate outreach events.”
She continued, “As a young female engineering apprentice, inspiring other young people, specifically young women, into a STEM career is something that I am extremely passionate about. I feel that young people can bring such bright new ideas into any workplace, especially through the route of an apprenticeship. I feel that the YMC chair position will enable me to continue my outreach work and bring inspiration to many more students.”
Catherine’s work as a STEM ambassador has also been noticed by not only The Welding Institute, with her winning the Armourers and Brasiers’ STEM Ambassador Award 2020, but also by the Women’s Engineering Society, where she was awarded the Women’s Engineering Society’s Top 50 Women in Engineering Award in 2019.
It is through the work and opportunities that the YMC facilitate, that our existing younger Members and other young aspiring engineers can see a place within the engineering industry for themselves. The Welding Institute would like to thank Matt for all of the work and support that he has given to the role of chair, and The Welding Institute is also proud to be able to support and welcome Catherine as the Younger Members’ Committee chair as she takes over the role.
Check out our Younger Members’ Committee page to see how you can get involved, whether it’s supporting your local Branch or volunteering to join the Younger Members’ Committee itself.
Armourers and Brasiers’ STEM Ambassador Award Winner 2020 - Catherine Leahy
Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week at TWI
The Welding Institute (Southern Counties Branch) will be hosting a webinar on ‘Inspecting Big Ben and other experiences in NDT,’ where guest speaker and former President of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT), Caroline Bull (HonFInstNDT, CEng and MAPM) will be presenting. The webinar will take place on 17 September, 2020 at 7:00pm.
First starting her career in Non-Destructive Testing at the age of 17, Caroline has extensive experience and knowledge in the testing and analysis technique of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT). Throughout her career, she has contributed and worked on multiple research programmes and completed NDT inspections globally including the inspection of ‘Big Ben’ in the Houses of Parliament.
The webinar will include a reflection on Caroline’s previous experiences working within NDT, including her role within a team responsible for carrying out and completing the prestigious inspection of Big Ben. She will also talk about her NDT research and service work and additionally will look at her time as a Past President of BINDT.
To find out more about the webinar and how to register please click here.
Please note: if you previously attempted to register and were unsuccessful, please try again as the IT related issue has now been resolved.
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