YOUNG ENGINEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Overview

Michael O'Brien, Powerco Ltd, winner of the 2021 Young Engineer of the Year Award.

Increasingly our young engineers are playing a significant role in shaping the future of our industry. The EEA wishes to recognise their contribution to our industry and is asking companies and individuals to identify and nominate from within their business, candidates for the EEA Young Engineer of the Year Award. The 2021 award winner will represent New Zealand at the IEC Young Professionals Programme. Further details to be confirmed once clearer visibility on these events is known.

The award will be presented to a young engineer who is judged to have demonstrated great achievement and leadership within the electricity supply industry, community and stakeholders.

The entrant must be aged under 35 as at 31st December 2021, and have a tertiary-level engineering or technology qualification and be an individual member of the EEA or staff member of a Corporate Member.

Entry requirements

All entries must comprise of the following material:

  1. A personal summary including academic achievements, involvement with professional and business organisations, cultural and sporting interests and community involvement.
  2. Employment Summary. In addition to the personal summary applicants are asked to address the five points provided in no more than 500 words per section and show how you have gained the attributes through engineering. Entries are encouraged to address the following five points:
    • Engineering competence
    • Demonstrated communication and leadership skills (including leadership of teams)
    • Positive/notable outcomes from their performance
    • Creativity/innovation
    • Community service to industry, the profession and/or society.
  3. Two Referee reports. The judges may contact referees for further information or clarification.

Award prize

The winner of the EEA Young Engineer of the Year will represent New Zealand and our industry at the IEC Young Professionals Programme, the 2019 Programme was held in Shanghai, China (Oct 2019). The prize includes travel (return economy class) and accommodation (3 nights), an award plaque and $500 cash. The IEC is the international standards setting body for the Electricity Supply Industry and the Young Professionals Programme is the premier international forum for upcoming young engineers and engineering managers working in the field of electrotechnology. Due to COVID-19 we are waiting to hear from IEC as to what activity they are planning for later in 2021. Note the 2020 IEC Meetings were cancelled.

Participants come from all over the world to look at key industry issues, learn about the IEC; its work in the development of international Standards; and provides participants with the tools to get more engaged in IEC work. The award is jointly sponsored by the EEA, Standards NZ and the NZ IEC National Committee.

Judging criteria

Entrants will be scored in four key areas:

Criteria and Performance Indicators

Weighting

Development of the entrant's career as an engineer including:

  • Academic history and achievements
  • Employment history and achievements

20

Demonstrated excellence in an engineering attributes:

  • Engineering competence
  • Demonstrated communication and leadership skills (including leadership of teams)
  • Positive/notable outcomes from their performance
  • Creativity/innovation
  • Community service to industry, the profession and/or society

35

Demonstration of high standards of ethical and personal behaviour, peer recognition and contribution to the Community

20

Communication and leadership skills via a topic presentation to the Judging Panel

25

Total Score

100

Terms and conditions of entry

The entrant accepts and agrees to the following terms and conditions:

  1. The entrant must be aged under 35 as at 31 December 2021, and have a tertiary-level engineering or technology qualification.
  2. The entrant must be supported by their organisation and be either an Individual Member of the EEA or staff member of a Corporate Member.
  3. The entrant gives permission to use any of the material provided for publicity and promotional purposes.
  4. An electronic copy of the entry be provided including a high quality jpeg image of the entrant.
  5. Should further information be requested, this must be provided by the date specified.
  6. Should the entrant be announced as a finalist, the entrant must be available to give a presentation to a judging panel on a date to be agreed, and must attend the formal award presentation.
  7. The EEA will meet finalists reasonable travel and accommodation expenses to attend a presentation to Judges and the formal award presentation if successful.
  8. The entrant accepts that the judges decision is final and that no correspondence will be entered into.
  9. The judges reserve the right not to make an award where, in the judges opinion, no entry of adequate standard has been received.
  10. Entrants and finalists from previous years awards may re enter so long as they meet the conditions of entry.

How to enter

Entries for 2022 will be open in February.

Previous winners

2021

Michael O'Brien, Powerco Ltd

Michael will be attending the online IEC Young Professionals Workshop in October 2021

2019 Michael Dalzell, Transpower
No report available, was unable to attend

2018

Rebecca Marx, Mitton Electronet

Report on IEC Young Professionals Workshop 2018

2017

Dr. Bhaba Das, ETEL Transformers

Report on IEC Young Professionals Workshop 2017

2016

Rowan Sinton, Meridian Energy

No report available, was unable to attend

2015

Kieran Kennedy, Mitton Electronet

EEA Conference paper on the importance of international standards - (co-written with Dr. Thahirah Jalal)

2014

Dr. Thahirah Jala, Unison

Report on the 78th IEC Young Professionals Workshop

2008

to 2013

The award was not presented

2007

Mat O'Neil, Genesis Energy

No report available

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