Design and Development Engineer
Take a concept from design to product
Designing and creating your product need not be difficult. At Orion Engineering we can design and advise at every stage in the development of your product.
Looking for assistance with approval authorities?
Looking for assistance with approval authorities?
At Orion Engineering, we can guide you through submissions to approval authorities, ensuring your product passes the quality testing
Struggling to find suitable test facilities or materials?
Struggling to find suitable test facilities or materials?
We can help you source exactly what you need locally to your business


Design & Draughting

Design Engineering is what we do best; we can produce designs and 3d models for a wide variety of customers and industries. We have designed various items such as globe valves, ball valves, air eliminators, pressure reducing valves, safety valves, ancillary samplers for mass spectrometers, production fixtures and tooling for clients. We are also able to transfer existing mechanical, electrical and other drawings to either 2D design or 3D design models and drawings and can also check drawings. Upon request we are also able to provide models and illustrations of the completed work for marketing materials.

Plastic Moulding Design

We design plastic items, fittings and components including gas and electricity meter boxes.

Finite Element Analysis

We analyse components and/or assemblies as required by clients to optimise products.

Water Regulations Advisory Scheme

We collect information and assist clients in applying for the approvals with the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme.

Pressure Equipment Directive Approval

We collect information and facilitate clients in applying for approvals with the Pressure Equipment Directive.

Discover what we can do for your business

With 21 years of trading under our belt, we have a proven track record of creating quality products for businesses

Example Work

Turbine assembly drawing
Turbine assembly model
Turbine assembly FEA


Orion Engineering Trophy

In 2011 we began sponsoring a tournament at Cheshire Polo Club, the Orion Engineering Ltd Trophy. This is an annual tournament with the Polo Club and we have successfully run this event over the past few years. It is intended to be a thank you to clients, family and friends, and a fun event. 

We commissioned the trophy and subsequent prizes for the winners from Jennifer Gater, a traditionally trained wood carver who uses antique hand tools to carve rocking horses, clocks and other pieces, as well as restoring rocking horses.

From 2013 onwards we have also commissioned photographs of the event from Wild Films Ltdwho cover the action of the polo, polo presentations and portraits of guests for us.

Orion Engineering Polo 2016 Action
Orion Engineering Polo Trophy
Orion Engineering Polo Presentation 2016


Paul Gater

Paul Gater

Managing Director

Orion Engineering Ltd was founded in January 1997 by Paul Gater, a member of the IET who is also listed with the Engineering Council as an Incorporated Engineer.  To aid engineering research work, joined the Institute of Physics as a member.

Utilising his experience in engineering and business, the company has been able to provide design and development engineering services to a wide range of clients in various industries. Flexibility in providing solutions for clients is key to Orion Engineering, ensuring that the service each client receives is bespoke. Every client can be assured of confidentiality and discretion throughout the duration of the project.

Paul began in engineering at Foden’s in 1973, where he was a craft apprentice and later a technician apprentice, finishing with an HNC in Mechanical Engineering. After finishing his apprenticeships with Foden’s, Paul became a Production Planning Engineer at their site in Sandbach, Cheshire, where he was responsible for designing jigs, fixtures, toolings and forgings. Further education in Business resulted in him receiving an MSc in Management Studies.

Paul continued designing jigs, fixtures, toolings and forgings for Donald Brown (Brownall) Ltd in 1981. After briefly working for RS Design Ltd in 1982 as a Methods/Estimating Engineer and Design Draughtsman, Paul returned to Donald Brown (Brownalls) Ltd in 1983 as a Design Draughtsman. In this position, Paul designed several items for use as laboratory taps, industrial fittings, valves and meter fittings until 1996.

In January 1997 he decided to establish his own company and founded Orion Engineering Ltd – and the rest, as they say, is history!


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