Geoffrey Engert Award for Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning

Historically this Annual award has been to recognise excellence by an engineering technician in the field of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC). It has been proposed to amend the awarding criteria to enable the £3,000 annual prize fund to be allocated in a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize of £1,200, £1,000 and £800 respectively, and an approach has been made to the bequeathing family to arrange this. The Division awaits a decision from the family on this matter, but applications are welcomed in the meantime.

  • The decision as to whether to award and the value of the award is the full and final decision of the Divisional board members.
  • This Award has been made possible through a donation by Mrs J Field, daughter of Geoffrey Engert and sister of engineers, Michael and Neil Engert. The Award has a further 3 years to award for based on the current level of funding.
  • The Award fund is £3,000 per year and is aimed at recognising young technicians working in the field of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning, and will cover the following:
  • Support toward EngTech registration and presenting to others on the benefits of EngTech registration
  • Support toward relevant visits/research/training/education/technical events such as seminars/conferences to develop knowledge and understanding of engineering.
  • This Annual award has been to recognise excellence by Engineering Technician Apprentices in the field of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC). The annual prize fund has been amended to award a 1st prize of £1,200, 2nd prize of £1,000 and a 3rd prize of £800.The decision as to whether to award and the value of the award is the decision of the Construction and Building Services Divisional Board.
  • This Award has been made possible through a donation by Mrs J Field, daughter of Geoffrey Engert and sister of Engineers, Michael and Neil Engert. The Award is intended to recognise Engineering Technician Apprentices primarily working in the field of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning.

Eligibility

Open to UK Members and Non-Members of the Institution

Nominations

Closing date: In 2021 the Nomination closure date has this year been moved to 12 October 2021.

  • Seconded Nominations for the prize award must be made by a third party; self-nominations will not be accepted.
  • Nominations are not restricted to members of the Institution.
  • The individual being nominated must be willing to accept the award if chosen.

The award winner will be chosen by the Construction and Building Services Division
Nominations are invited for this Divisional award in the form of a c1,500 word application identifying :

  • A brief personal outline of the candidate(s) and aspirations
  • A summary of their personal achievements in the field of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning and the contribution that they have made
  • A justification for the award of the prize and how if successfully in being awarded the prize would be spent and assist their career.
  • Three awards of £1,200, £1,000 and £800 are to be awarded, based on academic and practical excellence and initiative / identified merit and recognising excellence of Engineering Technician Apprentices in the Construction and Building Services aligned to the field of Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration.
  • Examples include:
    a. Installation, repair and maintenance of HVACR systems
    b. Commissioning and setting to work of HVACR systems, including controls
    c. Fault finding on HVACR systems
    d. Proposals for upgrade of existing HVACR plant
    e. Proposals for replacements of obsolete HVACR due to degradation of performance or to meet legislative requirements.
    f. Draft designs for new HVACR systems or equipment to meet client requirements
    g. As per a-f in a technical related Mechanical (as opposed to Electrical) field.

    It is intended that the award will be used to help develop the Award winner’s communications, presentation and media skills for their own benefit and that of their employer.

    They would act as an EngTech ambassador, promoting the EngTech ‘brand’ through the publicity associated with the award of the prize and their subsequent use of it.

    Eligibility: Nominees must be an EngTech member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Nominations are invited from other Engineering institutions, supporting HVACR technicians; Trade Association such as HEVAC; building services companies, Manufacturers and appropriate educational establishments.

    No self nominations will be permitted. However the nominee must firstly know that they are being put forward for the award. As part of the nomination the proposer is required to identify how the award will be spent.
  • Those in receipt of the award will be required to maintain a diary and make to make a short presentation in person or virtually at an IMechE Awards ceremony that takes place annually. The presentation to focus on their Engineering experience and progression in their industry sector and potentially for this presentation to be reported in “Professional Engineer” and other publications, including a photograph.

Award Conditions

Historically the Prize has been presented at one of the Division’s autumn technical events to maximise the participation in, and the promotion of the Prize to members. In 2021 the intent is record the Prize winner(s) speech and presentation in October 2021 and for it to be ‘aired’ as a part of a Webinar presentation in December 2021.

A short recorded presentation or report a year later of how the award has enriched their engineering knowledge is sought.

Send your nominations to membernetworks@imeche.org

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