Thu, 18 June, 2020
Hamidreza’s interest in engineering began at a young age and saw him working in his uncle’s workshop in his native Iran when he was 15 years-old. It was here 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 work in the oil and gas industry. Working in the Persian Gulf region, he was 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 dreams 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 level 1 and related modules like fitness-for-service, API 570, API 653 and API 510 courses across the Central Asia region.