Leading the way for young building controls engineers

Young engineers

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is extolling the engineers of tomorrow after another impressive showing in the Young Engineer of the Year category at this year’s BCIA Awards.

The Young Engineer of the Year Award is presented to the individual aged 35 years or under who best demonstrates the achievements gained through successful participation in the BCIA Technical Training Programme and other building controls educational programmes. This year, Lewis Williams of Detail Design Engineering (DDE) came out on top among a very strong group of finalists.

Lewis first visited Detail Design Engineering on a work experience placement while still at school. He enjoyed the work and the environment and his enthusiasm and aptitude was a natural ‘fit’ for DDE’s young engineer recruitment policy. Still only 22, Lewis has gone from work experience visitor to an extremely qualified and competent engineer in six years and is now seen as a role model for DDE’s junior engineers.

Lewis says: “Throughout my time as a controls engineer I have been fortunate enough to attend a number of BCIA specialist training courses which greatly expanded my understanding and knowledge, not only on key principles and theories of climate control, but how effective application and use of building controls is paramount to environment control, whether for comfort or precise process environment control. I was both surprised and delighted to win the award which has increased my confidence and further ignited my passion to grow my career within the industry.”

BCIA President Terry Sharp comments: “Every year this category is a particularly tough one to judge and it is extremely encouraging to see the knowledge, passion and dedication to the industry from the young people entering the building controls sector. I would like to congratulate Lewis and all of his fellow finalists for continuing to build upon the high standards set by their predecessors. This is a very rewarding sector for those who put the effort in and I believe everybody shortlisted for Young Engineer of the Year has the potential to have a long and successful career.”

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