IMI Critical Engineering’s Pioneering Valve Doctor™ Program Turns 25

For decades, IMI Critical Engineering’s top technical experts have helped customers solve their most complex engineering challenges. In 1999, the Valve Doctor™ programme was conceived as a way to rapidly develop the next generation of technical experts, by compressing a career of learning into seven years or less. It is now an established part of IMI Critical Engineering’s consultancy service, with 83 Valve Doctors working worldwide.

Seven candidates graduated from the acclaimed program in 2023, all having met the necessary requirements to be recognised as fully certified Valve Doctors or Valve Doctor Specialists. Collectively, the graduates share almost 100 years’ experience across the oil and gas, power and marine sectors.

Shelley Notarnicola, Munjong Choi, Sebastian Ansel, Vinita Meissner, Vojtech Pokorny and Uzair Ahmed are now certified Valve Doctors. Alexander Sommer graduates as a Valve Doctor Specialist.

Valve Doctors have three core qualities: expertise in value selling, expertise in innovative design, and expertise in problem solving. Valve Doctor Specialists are recognised for two of these qualities, working on the remaining third as part of becoming fully certified.

Staff who enter the programme study as they work, covering valve design, plant operation, system layout and control system integration. Valve Doctors are IMI Critical Engineering’s most distinguished technical experts, visiting customer sites wherever process flow control problems are found. They will optimize plant performance, working across IMI’s key sectors, which include, power, nuclear, oil and gas and petrochemicals.

Courtesy of IMI Critical Engineering.

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