Helipebs Controls is featured in a new DVD and book designed to encourage young people and students to take up a career in engineering.
The publication, Engineering@work, has been produced by edexcel-the UK's largest awarding body providing academic and vocational qualifications.
It explains how the hydraulic cylinders manufactured by Helipebs are used in a variety of applications with the industries it supplies which include petrochemical, pharmaceutical and aviation testing.
The feature also covers design, methods of production, materials and testing and even penalty clauses and also includes a personal profile of Helipebs Controls design engineer Glen Harding (pictured receiving his "imitation oscar" from Group managing director Geoffrey Davis, for his performance in the DVD).
Helipebs (Holdings) is made up of Helipebs Controls and Helipebs Limited which produces 10,000 tonnes of steel balls every year for use in grinding cement and the mining industry.
Group managing director is Geoffrey Davis whose grandfather, Robert McDougall, founded Helipebs Limited in 1922. Mr McDougall had previously worked with cement chemist William Fennell who had developed an improved fine grinding process in cement mills.
Helipebs Controls came into being in 1968.
Geoffrey Davis said "Helipebs Controls was chosen by Edexcel as a source for a case study in a manufacturing situation involving a requirement for a sub-sea hydraulic cylinder."
"The entire process from enquiry, through design, manufacturing, assembly, test and dispatch takes place in our Gloucester works," he said.
"Many of our products are used in high tech industries, and we need to ensure that the company has suitably skilled engineers in place to cope with our expanding order book."
"Apprenticeships form a vital part of our company culture; many of our middle and senior management team started life as Helipebs apprentices."
"Manufacturing still has a great future and I am keen to support any initiative that highlights this opportunity to today's youngsters."