Winning Weybridge Welder
Taken from British Aerospace Insight newsletter
28th May 1980

Not many people win medals for welding - but Peter Clare has achieved this distinction. Twenty-three year old Peter, a welder in the Tinsmiths department at Weybridge, has just received a City & Guilds Institute silver medal. He was the top entrant in recent welding craft practice examinations and his performance also brought a £25 first prize from the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Braisers. These honours came at the conclusion of a five-year course in advanced welding and craft practice at Kingston College of Further Education in which Peter gained distinctions in all nine subjects involved.

The equipment seen behind Peter is a vacuum chamber used mainly for welding titanium. The workpiece is positioned inside the chamber and the operator sees and works through the 'port-holes' along either side.

About Peter

Having spent my working life in engineering, I have accumulated a considerable amount of experience, knowledge and expertise in welding and fabrication throughout the industry. From starting out in a back street sheetmetal firm (New Era Sheet Metal Works) in New Malden, Surrey; where if you needed an unusual tool you were told to "make it"; to welding jumbo jet fuel lines at British Aerospace.

Taking over The Welding Shop in 1991 we have completed many varied tasks from mending frying pans and taxi parts to major rooftop chiller installations for the Prudential and erecting steel buildings.

We always do what we say we're going to do, when we say we're going to do it and we are proud to have the highest references to support us.

Automatic orbital welding machine. Used on the VC-10 prototype tanker modifications for in-flight refuelling during my time at British Aerospace.