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Here some of our staff talk about their job roles, their motivation for taking up these roles, and the rewards and challenges of the job:

Vinicius Arruda, Design Engineer

How long have you been doing this job?
I joined BEL Valves Brasil in August 2014 as a Design Engineer and was the first recruit for BEL Valves Brasil.

What did you do before?
I started my professional career with working as a quality inspector in a metallurgical company in Brazil, after 15 years I worked with hydraulic components in a concrete pumps manufacturing business. I started my university degree there which was a turning point moving me into design roles. Prior to finishing my course I worked as a designer in a trucks components company, designing axles, suspension, and special equipments for trucks and trailers. When I finished my degree I was promoted to Design Engineer and a supervisor after 1 year.

What made you apply for the position?
The new role at BEL Valves gives me an excellent opportunity to work in the oil and gas industry, expanding my knowledge of valve design and providing new experiences – opening up to different cultures, enabling me to face new challenges in my professional carrier and in my life. Working with BEL I am developing not only by professional life but also my personal experience.

What’s the best thing about the job?
Learning something new every day, with the work, with the people that work with me, not just professional subjects but gaining knowledge that I will bring with me throughout my working life.

What’s the most challenging thing about the job?
The most challenging is that each Valve is a singular product, demanding deep studies about every variable of the product, operation, functionality and environment but to me this is the great pleasure that the work can bring.

What support/training have you received from BEL Valves to help you succeed?
I had a six month intensive training plan in the BEL Valves facility in the UK learning about the product, the market, regulations, qualification, assembly and tests. I worked with experienced people learning ‘hands on’ which work has proved an excellent way to learn.

What advice would you give to someone else starting in a similar role or considering applying?
Focus on what you want, where you are, what you want to reach. You can create new challenges for yourself and the most important thing is that learning does not end, there are opportunities for learning in everything that we do.

 

Ed Wallis, Director of Engineering

What does your job involve?
To help to identify future possibilities in terms of products and services I need to liaise with customers and try to understand what problems or challenges they face and where they see technology gaps. In addition, I provide technical support to the Area Sales Managers and Internal Sales Engineers to resolve enquiries from customers. Finally, I also work alongside other members of BEL Valves’ staff to resolve problems that arise from time to time with materials and parts used in the manufacture and build of the valves, actuators and valve products.

How long have you been doing your job?
I’ve been in my current position for about 2 years. This role is different to that previously held as the specification is not as prescriptive and is broader in range.

What did you do before?
Previously I was Technical Director at BEL Valves, in a role which was more focused on the detailed design of the BEL Valves’ products and linking Research & Development with the day to day business.

What made you apply for the position?
The position was offered to me, and by accepting it, it created opportunities for others to progress their careers.

What’s the best thing about the job?
The best thing about the job is being able to see something through from initial concept to products going out the door. To coin an old expression, we start with a blank sheet of paper and an idea and work through the different issues that may arise through the design process. These might be picking materials that have the best combination of properties of corrosion resistance and strength, overcoming problems with the manufacturing processes, understanding how to assemble and the operation of that assembly and so on. And all of this needs to be considered with the overriding concern of cost to produce.

What’s the most challenging thing about the job?
The most challenging thing about my job is planning. I start my day knowing what I want to do but the industry we serve is very demanding and we need to be flexible. Something can happen, for example, on the other side of the world and the consequences cause us to change all of our plans.

What support/training have you received from BEL Valves to help you succeed?
Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to undertake a number of different training courses to support my career progression. These have included Time Management, Interpersonal Skills, Team Building and so on.

What advice would you give to someone else starting in a similar role or considering applying?
My advice to someone starting in a similar role, or considering applying would be that no matter how good you are, training will always improve your performance and increase your job satisfaction. So whatever the job role, I would advise looking beyond the obvious skills and knowledge required for that job and remember what the objectives of your role are, as these will always offer new training opportunities.

 

Faye Henry, Technical Apprentice

What does your job involve?
I create ‘job packets’ (Valve product information) for the new issued jobs on the shop floor, these packets includes a Bill of Materials, Cast Sheets, General Assembly Drawings, Feedback Form and a Shop traveler. I also create document packages for the valve; the document package consists of material certificates, NDT results, testing certificates and various other reports for example paint reports.

How long have you been doing this job?
I have been doing this job for a year and a half now.

What did you do before?
I was an apprentice within the machine shop completing the apprenticeship training programme. During this time I had hands on experience in operating various machine tools used during production including boring machines, grinding, turning and centre lathes each of which I became familiar with.

What made you apply for the position?
Following the completion of my apprenticeship training I was given the opportunity to learn the role within Assembly & Test and then offered the role as a permanent position.

What’s the best thing about the job?
The fact that I’m still learning new skills every day. I also take a lot of pride in delivering the document packages completed and on time with the valve ensuring no delays.

Whats the most challenging thing about the job?
The job is varied and it can require different levels of concentration, quick turnarounds and detailed work but still keeping all information accurate. If the deadline of the valve being despatched is brought forward, then it can be quite challenging completing the documents to meet the new date.

What support/training have you received from BEL Valves to help you succeed?
I have completed my HNC in manufacturing engineering, I now attend regular courses which are run by the North East Chamber of Commerce. These courses help with the job role I am doing and will help when I’m ready to move to my next challenge. I have also had support in completing my NVQ level 3 from my TDR co-ordinator.

What advice would you give to someone else starting in a similar role or considering applying?
I would really let them know about how good the engineering apprenticeship scheme is with BEL Valves, and the opportunities which can arise throughout it. I’ve received a lot of training on and off the job and it has really benefitted me greatly.

 

Steven Reay, Commercial Apprentice

What does your job involve?
My first placement within marketing involved various roles within the marketing department. Completing customer pre-qualifications questionnaires, collecting global competitor information, international market information, and preparing for exhibitions as well as other marketing events. I also managed the information within the company’s Customer Relationship Management tool.

How long have you been doing this job?
I have been doing this job for nearly 6 months.

What did you do before?
Before joining BEL Valves I worked as a customer relations assistant for a haulage firm.

What made you apply for the position?
I applied for the position as commercial apprentice because it gave me the opportunity to achieve new qualifications and it allows me to try different departments within the office environment to see what role suits me best, and therefore allowing me to direct my career in a specific direction.

What’s the best thing about the job?
The best thing about the job is it provides a different variation of jobs to do each week, as one week I could be in the marketing department and the next I could be in the purchasing department.

What’s the most challenging thing about the job?
The most challenging thing about the job is trying to balance the work I have to do within my role and the work I need to complete to achieve my NVQ.

What support/training have you received from BEL Valves to help you succeed?
My colleagues in the different departments of the company are very supportive and are willing to explain things to me so I totally understand their roles. They also provide me with work that will improve my understanding. I have a skills advisor who provides support with the work I need to complete for my NVQ. We have regular meetings to ensure my learning is going in the right direction.

What advice would you give to someone else starting in a similar role or considering applying?
I would encourage anyone who was considering applying for a similar role because you receive a great foundation for learning across a number of roles within the business and you can gain academic qualifications whilst you work.

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