Orion Engineering Ltd was founded in January 1997 by Paul Gater. Paul is a member of the IET who is listed with the Engineering Council as an Incorporated Engineer. To aid engineering research work, Paul also joined the Institute of Physics as a member.
Utilising his experience, the company has been able to provide design and development services to a wide range of clients. Flexibility in providing solutions for clients is key to Orion Engineering. This ensures that the service each client receives is bespoke. Every client can be assured of confidentiality and discretion throughout the project.
His career began in engineering at Foden’s in 1973, where he started as a craft and later a technician apprentice. Finished training with an HNC in Mechanical Engineering. After finishing his apprenticeship, Paul became a Production Planning Engineer at their site in Sandbach, Cheshire. Part of the job included designing jigs, fixtures, tooling and forgings.
Jigs, fixtures and tooling were also designed for Donald Brown (Brownall) Ltd in 1981 after leaving Foden Ltd. Briefly worked for RS Design Ltd in 1982 as a Methods/Estimating Engineer and Design Draughtsman. Paul was invited back by Donald Brown (Brownall) Ltd in 1983 as a Design Draughtsman. In this position, Paul designed a number of items for use. Such as laboratory taps, industrial fittings, valves and meter fittings until 1996. Further education in business resulted in him receiving an MSc in Management Studies. Awarded MSc by Research recently.
In January 1997 he decided to establish his own company and founded Orion Engineering Ltd – and the rest, as they say, is history!