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Master Electricians Australia unveils South Australia’s best sparkies

10/08/2018

Master Electricians Australia unveils South Australia’s best sparkies

A Queenstown sparkie has been unveiled as South Australia’s Master Electrician of the Year by the nation’s peak electrical industry body.

At an awards ceremony today, Master Electricians Australia (MEA) announced that Troy Smith, owner of Electric Results, had won the state’s top gong and will now compete for the national title in November this year.

The judges lauded Mr Smith for his outstanding commitment to the industry, and his role as a reference point and mentor for other businesses.

“This individual is progressive in his innovation and a clear leader in the industry,” they said.

Awards were also given for the best commercial, industrial and energy-efficiency projects, Apprentice of the Year, Women in Contracting and Electrician of the Year.

Angus West, from Modern Innovation Electrical, was named the Electrician of the Year, in recognition of his skills and his passion for the industry, and his work within the wider community.

Adtech’s Darryl Kenchington was named Legrand Apprentice of the Year while Jody Cengarle from Electric Results received the Women In Contracting Award.

MEA CEO Malcolm Richards congratulated all the award winners and recognised the high calibre of entries in 2018 for South Australia.

“Each and every one of these South Australian winners has upheld the extremely high standards with regards to quality, safety and integrity that is expected from all Master Electricians,” Mr Richards said.

“MEA has been astounded by the high calibre of entries received from South Australia in 2018 and it is testament to the professionalism of many individuals in the industry, as well as the innovative electrical projects that are currently taking place.

“These winners will help lift the bar even higher for all Master Electricians members, and the wider electrical contracting industry. And it’s their customers – whether businesses or private individuals – who reap the benefits of an electrical contracting industry that is constantly striving for excellence.”

The national finals will be held in Brisbane on November 24.


The full list of winners from the Master Electricians Australia SA Excellence Awards

Category: Master Electrician of the Year
Winner: Troy Smith, Electric Results
What the judges said: This candidate won this award because of his outstanding commitment to the industry. He not only has rigorous processes and systems in place to grow his business but because of his success is a reference point and mentor for other businesses. He empowers his workforce to take ownership and to ensure best practices and processes are adhered to to maximise the outcome for the client and his business. As Master Electrician of the year this individual is progressive in his innovation and a clear leader in the industry.

Category: Electrician of the Year
Winner: Angus West, Modern Innovation Electrical
What the judges said: This candidate won this award because of his skill and dedication to the electrical industry. As a young adult he has shown a real passion for the industry and has achieved great things for his business in a small space of time. He’s a well rounded individual that takes pride in how he represents not only the industry but most importantly how he delivers his products and services to his clients. We believe this individual is a worthy winner not only because of his work in the industry but with his work in the community as well.

Category: Women in Contracting Award
Winner: Jodie Cengarle, Electric Results
What the judges said: Jodie presented with a confident, bubbly approach. She was very Knowledgeable about her role within the company. She is clearly a good asset to the business, very results driven and passionate about her role within the company.

Category: Legrand Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Darryl Kenchington, Adtech
What the judges said: Darryl is a great apprentice – energetic, confident and responds well to change. He follows company procedures, is ambitious, conscientious and focused on customer feedback. He is a deserved winner due to obstacles he has overcome with his apprenticeship, which will stand him in good stead for the future.

Category: Commercial Project of the Year
Winner: Tom Humphrys-Glynn, THG Electrical
What the judges said: THG Electrical provided all electrical, lighting, lighting control and data reticulation on the recent SAPN Data Centre Fit out in Richmond. The opportunity arose through a referral and presented some unique challenges to meet the architectural design brief. The visual highlight of the installation is the powder coated exposed cable tray that follows a curved “walking track” around the various parts of the building. Working to a tight schedule, Tom and his team provided a great deal of design input and completed works on time and ahead of budget.

Category: Energy Efficiency Project of the Year
Winner: Electric Air Solutions, Ryan Wood & Kye Mickan
What the judges said: Electric Air Solutions consulted, designed and installed a 702 KW Solar PV system at a food packaging manufacturer at Edinburgh Park. The system required close cooperation with a major Energy retailer to meet specific design requirements as well as coordination with SAPN. The installation presented unique challenges to install PV Arrays across multiple buildings with differing construction and pitch and to efficiently reticulate cabling to 2 inverter groups. The installation was done during normal factory operation requiring a high level of safety. Ryan, Kye and their team completed the installation 5 weeks ahead of schedule with praise from both the client and the Energy retailer.

Category: Industrial Project
Winner: David Sharpe, Sharpe Electrical
What the judges said: The Sharp group supplied and installed new LED street style lighting to the North Rail yard container loading area at Regency Park. The project required a complete redesign of the lighting layout to improve light levels to provide a safer working environment. The installation operates 24 hours a day and presented numerous safety challenges that required close coordination with onsite safety officers. To work around the various safety and access issues, David’s team worked to a 12-month plan to complete the project. The power and maintenance savings delivered has more than exceeded the client’s expectations. The project has now become the blue print for a larger upgrade using the same technology lighting at a Container facility in Melbourne.

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