Helping our Community – Work Experience

In February, we were delighted to have Robert Malkin join us at WGM Engineering for a week of work experience. Currently, in his second year of his HND studying Mechanical Engineering at Forth Valley College. Robert has been accepted into the third year of the Heriot-Watt Engineering Degree Programme. Prior to the commencement of his Degree Programme, he wanted to further develop his understanding of the practical applications of engineering and we were only too happy to help!

During his week of work experience, Robert spent time with our Engineered Solutions team, learning about the design of steel structures, assembling pumps and safe use of systems. Spending time with our fabrication team, we demonstrated how to create a 3D model of a live tender project using Tekla structure software. We also created a stainless steel badge of the amateur football team he plays with as a memento of the week he spent with us!

At the end of his week of work experience, Robert had the following to say:

I found my week of work experience highly beneficial in terms of developing my knowledge and understanding of the operations and functions of pumps, but most importantly providing me with an insight into all of the work that WGM Engineering completes.

The week spent at WGM Engineering has helped to further increase my interest in all aspects of engineering and I was particularly interested in the design of steel structures, manufacturing processes (i.e. plasma cutting), pump design and assembly, and the safety systems utilised by the company.

I am extremely thankful to the team at WGM for looking after me and teaching me a huge amount in a small space of time. I also appreciated how supportive and friendly the team were towards me and I am thankful for the amount of time they each dedicated to helping me.

Once again, thank you for a superb week and I wish you all the best for the future” 

Our Engineered Solutions Director, Ian Farrell, had the following to say about Robert,

“If Robert continues his career in Engineering with the enthusiasm and keenness he displayed over his time at WGM he will enjoy huge success.

He showed a great drive to learn all about the many areas of WGM, including Fabrication, Engineering Design, Pump Repair and Electrical Safety.

We will be keeping in touch with Robert throughout his studies and continue to support and aid his development.” 

Well Done Robert, we look forward to seeing you soon!

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Changing Behaviours Saving Lives – WGM Health, Safety & Wellbeing Conference 2019

Changing Behaviours, Saving Lives


WGM Engineering – Health, Safety & Wellbeing Conference 2019

‘Safety and wellbeing are at the heart of everything we do at WGM, meaning that we all go home safe and well. We truly believe that by working collaboratively, we can deliver a sustainable level of safety and wellbeing.” – Ian Mathieson (WGM Managing Director).

Between 2018/2019, 28.2 million working days were lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury. 1.4 million working people were suffering from a work-related illness and a devastating 147 workers were killed at work. Everyone should go home safe and well.

Our 2019 Health, Safety & Wellbeing conference featured a packed agenda of interesting, engaging and informative speakers. This included our keynote speaker, Peter Farrer (Scottish Water – Chief Operating Officer), who presented an insight into the changing culture of Health & Safety and the impact shadow which leaders have on the wider team and organisation. Our WGM Civil Engineering Director Kevin Seabeck provided us with a powerful and hard-hitting story, detailing a personal experience of a fatality which he encountered on site. We were also delighted to have Dr. Tim Marsh and ‘The 2Macs’ provide two excellent sessions, which involved audience participation and a unique view on understanding mental health and wellbeing. Throughout the day we provided delegates with the opportunity to relay their opinions in live interactive sessions.

‘Changing Behaviours, Saving Lives’ was thoroughly enjoyed by all delegates, who provided very useful and positive feedback.


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Project Review: Ballylumford Power Station

WGM Engineering was once again chosen as the preferred repairer for two Circulating Water pumps at Ballylumford Power Station,  County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Providing power to over half of the province, Ballylumford power station is the largest in Northern Ireland.

Both pumps had been in service since the last pump refurbishment conducted over 9 years ago at the WGM Glasgow Service Centre. The outage this time was set at only 4 weeks but with the previous expertise and knowledge still in place, WGM were ideally placed to carry out the work against the challenging timescale.

A visit to the site was carried out to discuss the removal and repair tasks with the Ballylumford team. A quality plan was then prepared to itemise the work procedures, witness points, hold points and detail the actions to enable the repair works to progress and be completed within the scheduled timescale.

The pumps were fully overhauled to the original design specification detailing with engagement and involvement of the Ballylumford site team.

To improve the performance of the units within a seawater environment, each unit was coated with ‘Belzona 1341 Supermetalglide’ internally and externally across the lower areas from Bellmouth to the Diffuser with the upper discharge sections coated with Belzona 5811 Immersion Grade.

Each pumps weighing 12.5 tonnes each, without the drive motors attached, operate in an arduous environment and require to be returned with the correct materials, tolerances and clearances in place to ensure the length of service can be maintained in line with operational requirements of the station.

“WGM provided an impressive and complete packaged service. The team removal of the pumps, strip down reports, overhaul, installation and their excellent turnaround time provided exactly what we needed during our short outage window. A very professional and thorough outfit who importantly kept in touch with us throughout the job, many thanks from Northern Ireland.” – Josh Logan – Mechanical Engineer (CW Pumps Ballylumford Power Station)


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