PETA engineers bespoke training

Whitman Labs apprentices

PETA have been praised for their delivery of a bespoke training project to a group of apprentices which resulted in them developing their team working skills and building on the skills they learned during their PETA engineering apprenticeship.

The five employees from Whitman Laboratories had just completed the Level 2 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, which is part of the Maintenance Operations Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship, when their employer requested some additional training to cement their skills.

Richard Perry, an Engineering Instructor/Assessor at PETA, set the group a task to produce a Sterling Hot Air Engine and they had three weeks to get the job done. This project met Whitman Laboratories’ requirements that they had for the training, which was for their employees to further develop their knowledge, experience and skills in machining.

Whitman Laboratories make cosmetics, with close links to Estee Lauder and an active role in the cosmetics industry.

The project saw the five apprentices - Jake Fieldhouse, Merek Merriman, Douglas Whitely, Ben Allen and Jamie O’Sullivan (pictured left to right) working as a team to collectively build parts to produce one working engine.

The team members had to use many skills including advanced turning and milling, engineering parts to the correct size, ensuring parts fitted together correctly, machining, inspection work and problem solving.

The training took place at PETA’s Engineering Training Centre in Havant, which boasts purpose-built facilities and a range of high quality, modern equipment.

Richard Perry said: “I was pleased that they didn’t rush the project. They adopted a steady pace and when they encountered problems they took the time to solve them, which really aided their learning. They all had different strengths so I made sure I found an appropriate role for each of them. They each played their own part in the success of the project, worked really well as a team and were a credit to their company.”

The biggest challenge of the project was that they had to use tools that they hadn’t used before, so they had to learn how they worked, how best to use them and how to make the parts they were machining look good.

The idea for the project came from Richard, who has a background in Naval engineering and had considered a similar project in a previous role. He felt it was ideal for the apprentices as it enabled them to gain experience in many different techniques. Now that the engine is complete and working, it will be showcased at PETA Open Days to demonstrate to prospective learners the sort of projects they could get involved in.

Richard added: “The guys all said what a great experience it had been and they had learnt why we have tolerances, limits and fits, problem solving and how machining and mechanics go hand in hand. It was with great delight all round when they finally got the engine running at full speed.”

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