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E.ON Grain Apprentice Completes 18 Week Industrial Placement at Pump Group

April saw Pump Group bid a fond farewell to Jack Thurlow, an engineering apprentice normally based out of EON Grain Power Station, Kent. Since November Jack has been seconded to Pump Supply & Repair Group for a work experience placement in pump engineering and to gain valuable rotating equipment knowledge.

Jack started off working in the Disassembly Department, stripping and inspecting units to ascertain cause of failure. Following this he progressed to working in the Fitting Dept, shadowing experienced engineers as they assembled a wide range of pumps and other rotating equipment including: Liquid Ring Vacuum, Multistage, Split Case & Centrifugal Pumps.

Jack also spent time within  the Performance Test Cell where he assisted in setting up and LASER aligning numerous pumps repaired in our workshop both surface mounted in addition to submersible units. This allowed him to witness how they are performance tested using thermodynamic test methods with the results compared against OEM test curves to ensure repaired units had achieved the performance targets criteria set. (See our Performance Test Cell page for more detail)

Whilst at Pump Group Jack also undertook several training initiatives and has received certification in:
– NSK Bearing Care & Maintenance
– Grundfos Ecademy Pump Training
– JA Harrisons in-house gasket training
– Manual Handling & Slinging training

Apprentices Receiving Manufacturer Training
Apprentices Receiving Manufacturer Training

“Jack is both very bright and quite motivated. He is a quick learner and has shown the ability to digest large volumes of information. Jack has become a well-rounded engineer apprentice who is well equipped to grow from challenges that he is presented with He has excellent written and verbal communication skills, is extremely organized, can work independently and is able to follow through to ensure that the jobs get done. I’m sure he will be one to watch out for in the future.”

Samantha Hill – Production Manager