Meet Lawrence Wretham: Our New Hire Proposals Engineer

Lawrence Wretham, Proposals Engineer

 

Lawrence Wretham has recently joined WES as a Proposals Engineer. Lawrence will be assisting Les Bunce in the Hire division. We asked Lawrence a few questions to find out more about him!

Can you talk to us about your role?

My role is to assist customers with their requirements for hired dosing systems. I will visit site, measure up and try to find the best solution for their dosing needs.  I will send a comprehensive, itemised proposal and will recommend a full solution built around the customer’s choice of chemical.

What has it been like working for WES so far?

Genuinely interesting. I’m really impressed that we have such a wealth of knowledge here and so many time-served experienced people. Our ability to manufacture is also remarkable as it combines several disciplines and processes so well. I’m constantly learning.

Tell us about your career path?

I come from a construction industry background and have been in equipment hire for a long time. I was a branch manager for a major equipment hire company for several years. When I was at school,  my first Saturday job was with compressors and air tools. I did a brief stint as an estate agent in the early 1990’s, but I’m OK now.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I have quite a few hobbies!  I am a keen cyclist and am always restoring at least one old bike.

I ride a unicycle (I used to commute on it) I am learning to weld. I fix old computers and laptops. I love to visit historic places and have been to almost all the English Heritage castles in Southern England. I listen to lots of music from classical to rock, metal, rap and world music and love live music events.

Meet Sam Anderson: Our New Student Engineer

Sam Anderson, Student Engineer

Sam Anderson, an engineering undergraduate, will be working with WES over the next 13 months as a part of a placement year for his university course. Placement years are a great option for students to develop skills and gain valuable experience before graduating and entering the working world.

What course are you studying? 

M.Eng Chemical Engineering at The University of Birmingham

How have you been finding the first few weeks at WES?

The first few weeks have been excellent, it’s been great getting hands on with setting up and commissioning pumping systems; and seeing the design process I have studied being used in industry. It’s been a steep learning curve – but I can’t wait to continue integrating with WES and ultimately be managing projects of my own!

Why did you choose to do a placement year?

I always wanted to include a year in industry as part of my degree, the exposure to the working world in advance of obtaining my degree will be invaluable in applying for grad jobs. Also, I am looking forward to developing skills that can’t be obtained in lecture theatres and tutorials; building working relationships with qualified engineers and managers and absorbing the advice they have to offer.

From two weeks working with WES, I am already seeing the benefits of working for a small, rapidly growing engineering firm. The closeness of the business allows me to gain experience in multiple departments, from commissioning and building dosing rigs in the workshop and on site, to managing projects and designing systems in the CAPEX business office.

How will the placement year impact your final year of university?

By spending a year with WES, connecting the dots between engineering concepts and engineering practice, I expect I will be able to understand final year content quicker and with more depth. For example, I am already better at visualising a built system from a paper P&ID, something which took longer during my third-year design project.

New Facility- Announcement

WES Ltd are excited to announce the purchase of an additional new facility. Directly next door to the existing WES facility, the 2 units combined will nearly triple our existing capacity providing 28,000 Sq/Ft of workshop & office facility within a 2 acre site.

Managing Director Kevin Wheeler said: “WES Ltd have ambitious growth plans, investment in this additional new facility combined with the significant additional capabilities of our parent company RSE Group, means we’re fully prepared to support our customers in meeting the expected demand in chemical dosing systems and services in the coming years”.

WES successfully completes assessment for JOSCAR accreditation

WES are delighted to announce the successful completion of a 2-stage assessment to become an accredited supplier on Hellios Information’s JOSCAR approval register.

JOSCAR (the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register) is a collaborative tool used by the aerospace, defence and security industry to act as a single repository for pre-qualification and compliance information.

This demonstrates WES’ continuing support to the defence sector, as well as commitment to quality assurance.

Christmas Jumper day

Today we joined forces with our partners at Ross-shire Engineering for #missionchristmas Cash for Kids charity Christmas Jumper day. Thank you to our employees for their kind donations. As we couldn’t have a Christmas party we organised a hog-roast food van which everyone enjoyed.
Wishing all our clients and suppliers a wonderful Christmas.
We have a skeleton staff at WES next week and will be closed after the 24th until Monday 4 January.