Chris Wright Product Support Engineer
Joining Oliver Valves on the shop floor in 2004, Chris began in the company with no engineering background. He was quickly transferred to a position in the production office after just 6 months. Developing skills and further knowledge, Chris moved into Sales Order Processing where he spent 2 years prior to entering a Documentation Controller role within Oliver Twinsafe.
During this time in Oliver Twinsafe, Chris worked closely with the Engineering Department. The challenges and problem solving aspects appealed to him, so Chris decided to reignite his education by enrolling onto an internal apprenticeship programme.
After completing his apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering he carried on through higher education eventually gaining an HND in General Engineering. In 2016 a new opportunity arose in the Oliver Valvetek Engineering department and Chris decided to apply. Today, thanks to the support offered with his career progression and a personal drive to forge a career in engineering, Chris’ position as a Product Support Engineer involves creating bill of materials to assist valve production, as well as new 3D models and assemblies using CAD software.
“I feel I have always had the support from my colleagues and the management throughout my career at Olivers, always offering useful advice and encouragement to better myself which eventually led to re-entering education and achieving my goals including working in a technical role within the company.”
Martin Orme Key Account Manager/Internal Sales Engineer
Martin joined the Oliver companies 16 years ago when he inquired about vacant roles on a whim. With no experience in the industry but with bags of enthusiasm, he was placed in the Oliver Valvetek stores. Martin’s drive and initiative quickly was recognised when he would spend his free time across weekends dealing with various administrative tasks for the company.
Recruited into the Sales Department, Martin was soon to embark on a huge learning curve as he was made responsible for handling sales across the far East after just 4 months of training. After 4 years in this role, Oliver opened its Malaysia sales office and Martin was asked to use his expertise to manage sales across North England and Europe.
Martin has proudly grown one of Oliver’s largest accounts over the last 3 years thanks to his natural charisma, determination and dedication to the company.
“Olivers is a real family, offering a great support system. Speaking as someone who started with no experience in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, the knowledge and professional growth I’ve gained here has been invaluable.”
Aisling Marie Walsh Product Engineer at Oliver Valvetek
Aisling completed an Engineering Science undergraduate degree at UCD (University College Dublin) from 2010-2013. Majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Aisling went on to study a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from 2013-2015. Her thesis during her studies focused on designing a flow-device to test endothelium cells.
Having mastered the principles of mechanical theory, Aisling entered the industry as an intern at Boston Scientific and in 2015 decided to relocate to the U.K for further opportunities. She spent over 2 years working for Atkins, an engineering consulting firm, before joining the Oliver companies.
In May of 2018, she joined Oliver Valvetek in the Research and Development department as a Graduate Engineer. The role involved reviewing the qualifications of new valves and improving existing valves. Since August 2019, Aisling has been working as a Product Engineer and has a hands-on role ensuring improvements are implemented across the range of products.
“Working for Oliver has enabled me to experience a more hands-on involvement in the engineering industry. I’ve already progressed here and enjoy the broad opportunities available.”
Keilan Heffernan Calibration Technician (Apprentice)
Keilan first stepped foot into the Oliver companies as a valve builder and was asked to join as a talented apprentice. Having worked for Oliver Valves as a Calibration Technician since 2018, he has gained practical and theoretical experience in engineering.
As part of the apprenticeship programme, Keilan benefits from working closely with some of our most experienced employees, including our Quality and Assurance Manager (Kai Wilbraham). His day-to-day role involves the maintenance of various tools used throughout valve manufacturing and plenty of hands-on learning as he broadens his skills and knowledge.
Thanks to the accessible route into an apprenticeship at Oliver Valves, Keilan has benefited from ongoing support and is set for continued future growth.
“I’ve had the opportunity to learn hands-on and improve my maths and engineering knowledge and skills. The team around me are supportive and feel like a family in lots of ways. I look forward to continuing my career here into the future”