A family-owned high tech testing company has had its faith in the ability of one of its employees repaid when he got first class honours in the Bachelor of Science degree course they sponsored him through.
When Tom Donohoe, from Stowmarket, joined Gammax Independent Inspection Services at Depden Green, as a non-destructive testing technician, he had dropped out of university.
But the company’s joint owner William Brennan said: “I saw potential in him. The boy is clever and just needed a little bit of encouragement. He’s had encouragement all the way, but it was him who did the studying.
“There are not many people in the country with this degree because it’s only been around five years of so.”
“It’s the first time we’ve done this and we got no grants from anybody.”
Working at Gammax, Tom also had the chance to put the theory into practise.
The company offers testing, including X-ray and ultrasound, of everything from welds to whole structures, and its work has ranged from X-raying the fuel tanks of the Bloodhound 1,000mph land speed attempt car to using the techniques to check historic cast sculptures for the Victoria and Albert Museum.
It has only seven staff but has X-rayed six communication satellites to be launched by NASA, checked former Formula One cars for hidden defects and has X-rayed oil storage tanks throughout the UK.