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Meet Our Lecturer – Hamidreza Saadat

Mon, 23 May, 2022

Hamidreza’s interest in engineering began at a young age when he saw his uncle working in his workshop in his native country, Iran. It was there that he gained an introduction to molding and pattern making before he got his own workshop, where he continued casting while studying at university.

Hamidreza graduated with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgy before going on to take a Master’s degree in welding. His experience has seen him go from a worker in a small workshop to becoming a chief engineer and now a lecturer with TWI.

This journey saw Hamidreza change his career path from pure metallurgy (casting, heat treatment, machining, etc) to working in the oil and gas industry. Working in the Persian Gulf region, he took on different responsibilities, from the repair of storage tanks to the repair and maintenance of pipelines, refineries, and all related facilities.

Moving from technical inspector to project manager, Hamidreza built up over 15 years’ experience before he began working part-time for TWI where he prepared course material for API 653 (in-service tank inspection). Just one year later, he became a permanent member of TWI staff as a lecturer and project manager.

Hamidreza successfully coupled his work lecturing for TWI’s welding inspection course with direct involvement in technical projects. He recognises the importance of metallurgy to engineers as they require the correct materials, adding that, without metallurgists, “human advancement would have stopped in the stone ages!”

Dedicated to his work, Hamidreza went on to note, “I am really proud and love my field of study and work. If I was born again, I would be a metallurgy engineer again in my new life,” adding, “it was my childhood dream and I got it.”

He currently delivers TWI welding inspection courses from level 1 to the advanced level of senior welding inspector, as well as delivering plant inspection and related modules like fitness for service, API 570, API 653, and API 510 courses across the Central Asia region.