Former Trainee Joins TWI Training Team

Having previously attended training at our Cambridge headquarters, Luke Hearn knows exactly what TWI Training has to offer and has now joined our team as a lecturer himself.

While Luke’s career has taken him around the world, his career actually started under the tutelage of TWI’s training section manager, David Bage, who taught Luke during his apprenticeship.

Having worked in Australia, Luke returned to TWI for training before securing a position as a welding inspector with Costain’s oil and gas division. Working on a National Grid gas compressor station upgrade from June 2019 until February 2020, Luke then transferred to work in the nuclear sector, joining Bureau Veritas as a mechanical QC inspector in March 2020.

Having spent two years working back in the field, Luke explained how a chance meeting with a former TWI employee inspired him to think about working as a training school lecturer.

Luke explained, “Whilst working for Costain, I worked closely with Steve Jones, a former TWI employee who still teaches on an ad hoc basis. Steve was the quality manager for Costain’s mechanical sub-contractor.”

Luke continued, “I spoke at length with Steve about his former job with TWI, he told me a lot about what the position with TWI entailed and the opportunities that were presented to him throughout his career. I decided that, if the opportunity ever presented itself, a position with TWI would be a challenge that I would really like to undertake and a diversification in my career that would be rewarding and valuable in terms of the experience that could be gained,” adding that he felt it was a good opportunity to return to TWI and teach the courses that guided his own career for almost 10 years.

So what can Luke bring to the TWI lecturing programme?

He explained that he has managed to squeeze  lot of experience into his 16 years working in industry, including being a CSWIP certified inspector for nearly 10 years. While he knows how the industry operates Luke also feels that he can bring a “fresh set of eyes” to the lecturing programme and help to develop the welding inspection schemes over the coming years.  

Having successfully completed his 5-year renewal process for CSWIP 3.2.1 and BGAS/CSWIP Painting Inspector Level 2 qualifications, Luke is preparing to put his experience to good use for the next generation of experts.

While this will firstly mean sitting in on courses, he is due to take up teaching the CSWIP Visual Welding Inspector, Welding Inspector and Senior Welding Inspector courses before moving onto others including the TWI diploma scheme.

Luke admits he is looking forward to the “new challenge and the knowledge that I can gain,” his former tutor, David Bage, is also pleased to see him join TWI’s team, saying, “We are very happy indeed to have Luke on the team; he meets our criteria for a lecturer exactly.”

Welcome to TWI Training, Luke!