Ten Years On

National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from March 6 to 10, is celebrating it’s tenth anniversary. PEME is recognising our engineers that joined us via our apprenticeship scheme ten years ago and are now helping to shape the future PEME workforce.

Tomas Cosgrove is a product of the PEME apprentice training scheme and is an exceptional 26 year old engineering team leader experienced in a range of industrial environments with a proven ability to deliver maintenance-related tasks.

He joined PEME on an advanced mechanical engineering Apprenticeship and studied BTEC Level 3 Mechanical Maintenance at Tresham College, Corby. During his apprenticeship, Tomas gained experience on several UK manufacturing sites.  He was an outstanding apprentice and was awarded the PEME Apprentice of the Year award in 2009.

As a qualified mechanical technician, Tomas was employed at a bakery and carried out Preventive Maintenance tasks on a range of equipment including ovens, conveyors and baggers.  His work led to improved safety and productivity.

He has also had a 2-year spell with the PEME Reliability team where he carried out routine Condition Monitoring utilising techniques such as Thermal Imaging, Oil Analysis, Ultrasound diagnostics and Vibration Analysis.  This work involved capturing data before carrying out the follow-on analysis.  He is professionally qualified in several techniques.  Tomas has been instrumental in implementing routine Condition Monitoring programs across several factories, determining asset condition and predicting when maintenance is required and reducing downtime for key client contracts.

As a Reliability Engineer, Tomas was also involved in maintenance improvement projects utilising methodologies such as Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) to determine appropriate preventive maintenance regimes for critical assets.

During 2013, Tomas was awarded the Maintenance Apprentice of the Year award at the national MAINTEC Maintenance Professional Awards.

Over the last couple of years Tomas has been promoted to an engineering Team Leader with site supervisor responsibility initially at a Tier 1 supplier in the automotive sector and now in a paint manufacturing Plant.  This role involves maintenance planning, monitoring plant downtime, carrying out Root Cause Analysis (RCA) on critical failures and introducing improvements to prevent re-occurrence.

Tomas has successfully completed a HNC in engineering at the College of West Anglia in Wisbech and has just started a distance-learning MSc in Reliability Engineering & Asset Management at Manchester University.

His success has not been limited to work, during his time with PEME he has become a house-owner, got married and has 2 children but on the down-side he still hasn’t witnessed his beloved Liverpool F.C winning the Premier League.

Tomas is an excellent example of how young talent, given the opportunity through an apprenticeship program, further training and mentoring can make a major contribution to asset care excellence.