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The stories behind the Young Engineers Awards

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Ahead of entries re-opening for the 2020 Australia and New Zealand Awards some of the 2019 finalists have opened up about their journey and ambitions.

If you ask many building services professionals about the origin story of their career it almost always starts with no knowledge of what building services was. This was true for 2019 Young Engineer of the Year Tommy Sailing who studied a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) with Honours at New South Wales with ambitions of working in electronics. That was until he discovered Northrop Consulting Engineers at a careers fair in 2013. It was one of his first jobs as a telecommunications schematic, where he was taken to site in his first week, that cemented his desire to stick with the building industry!

Tommy is currently working on achieving his CPEng and CTS-D certifications to reinforce his expertise in electrical and ICT engineering with solid ambitions for the future.

“My 5 year goal is be manager of a group of Electrical Technologies Engineers, experts on ICT services, smart buildings, control systems for AV, lighting and energy management, in addition to classical building services engineering.” 
With a CIBSE Young Engineer Award under his belt his goals are now that much closer. 

“I have since won projects for spaces such as STEM precincts where my clients are keen to realise the benefits of systems like those, I’ve described in my video submission.”

View Tommy Sailing’s video entry

Some building services origin stories sprout whilst on a different career path. 2019 Graduate of the Year, Aaron Hoare, started his career as a Refrigeration Mechanic working for a contractor, servicing HVAC systems in commercial buildings, data centres, shopping centres and industrial buildings. During this time, he developed an interest in energy efficient HVAC systems, designing building systems and working with control contractors to tune systems to reduce energy consumption. This interest led him to enrol in a Mechanical Engineering degree at Deakin University. He now works as a Sustainability Consultant at WSP.

Not done with learning yet, Aaron has enrolled to complete a Master of Energy Systems at Melbourne University commencing 2020 which he is very much looking forward to completing.

“We as Building Services Professionals really have an opportunity and obligation to improve the indoor environment for building occupants as well as reduce the environmental impact of the built environment.” To do this Aaron says he will “continue to work closely with architects and contractors to influence and challenge business as usual as well as influencing building design to reduce its environmental impact.”
View Aaron’s video submission

Graduate finalist, Katherine Jones also stumbled into her career by luck but hasn’t looked back since. After graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in 2018 she has discovered that every day is different in the life of a building services engineer at Wood and Grieve Engineers.

“Every day I learn so many new things, I am surrounded by knowledgeable engineers that are more than happy to share what they know with me. I love that at least once a week I come up against a problem that frustrates me to tears.”

Grateful for her CIBSE ANZ Awards experience she says that “Being a finalist has resulted in many people outside the company wanting to work with me.  Having me on a bid is a positive even with my limited experience.”

Katherine will continue to apply her passion towards a career in building services.  “I would like to be part of the voice that guides the direction of building services – This may be in standards committees, speaking at seminars or whatever other opportunities come my way”

Entries for the 2020 Australia and New Zealand competition will open in December 2019 with the regional Awards ceremony taking place in Sydney on Thursday 23 July 2020.
Register your interest to enter, or nominate a student, graduate or young engineer here.

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