New recruit Karl Metcalfe joins the Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT) to offer technical support to its members and help develop the quality of AEMT service centres around the world.
Coming from IECEx Certified Service Centre, Kirkby Lindsey in Hull, UK, Karl has worked within the rewind industry since 1987 developing a broad and deep knowledge of the sector.
He joins the team full-time and has been tasked with finding the answers to members questions, whether they be standard engineering practise, or explosion proof (Ex).
He will also be supporting the Ex repair courses and helping develop awareness and integration of the new repair standards BS EN & IEC 60034-23 for the repair, overhaul and reclamation of rotating electrical machines.
Starting his apprenticeship at York-based service centre Eclipse Engineering, Karl trained as a time served electrical rewinder and fitter, where he worked extensively with low voltage machines, pumps and gearboxes.
In 2011, he left Eclipse to move into sales at Featherston, where he gained experience in handling medium to high voltage equipment. He later became works manager of Kirkby Lindsey in 2015 where he was also the responsible person for signing off all Ex equipment.
Karl reflects: “I spent 32 valuable years gaining vital experience and knowledge by rewinding and fitting electric motors and ancillary equipment. Throughout my entire working life my aim has been to improve, learn, and understand the customer’s needs.”
“In my time as an engineer, the AEMT has always been a huge support. The meetings and training courses have enabled me to meet fellow engineers and fill the gaps in my knowledge.
“The technical publications and enduring yellow yearbook living on the shelves of the workshop have been a go to reference. To join the AEMT as technical support is a natural progression in my career. I am at my happiest when solving a problem for someone.
“All the experience and knowledge I have built up, can now be expanded upon limitlessly as I delve into the queries sent to me by fellow engineers. I very much look forward to meeting members and associates over time and helping to promote and support the excellent engineering work they carry out.”
Thomas Marks, secretary to the association adds: “Karl has already made it his business to help out our members from day one. Flying through his Ex refresher course in Loughborough means he is fully up to date with Ex best practise.
“Our focus is to ensure that AEMT service centres can be looked upon to maintain and improve rotating electrical machinery efficiencies and to help ensure industries have a trusted choice when it comes to managing their plant’s assets.”