2017 National Excellence Awards Winners

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Master Electrician of the Year

Greg Allan - Response Electricians
Western Australia

Greg Allan founded Response Electricians in 2009 to provide an environment where his electricians could grow into high performers for the industry. In 2016, Greg also founded the Electricians Success Academy, an online growth platform for electricians and contractors to learn from the experiences of industry experts and get the support they need to succeed in life. The concept emanated through his own struggle with the lack of support available to assist him, both in his apprenticeship and as a business owner, and through his learnings as a National MEA Board Member, where he saw that most contractors faced the same issues. The Academy now supports over 300 electricians and businesses nationally. Greg is a family man, supports Saving Children in Poverty through sporting challenges, is a respite foster carer and coached the first ever indigenous team to successfully complete the 21km Rottnest channel swim in 2014. He devotes everything he has achieved to his wife Frances.

Legrand Apprentice of the Year

Harley-Joe Williams - Solar Service Guys
South Queensland

Whilst studying a diploma in IT software design, Harley determined that a job indoors wasn’t for him. During the 2011 floods he worked as a laborer, helping to get flood affected homes safe and re–energised. When he started looking for a new career, his previous experience in electrical made it the obvious choice. He completed three months as a TA before starting his apprenticeship. The biggest factor in choosing an electrical apprenticeship for Harley was the ability to combine learning in computer programming with the electrical industry. With wifi integration fast becoming the norm, he has found his prior experience to be a huge advantage when dealing with products that require wifi, computer and phone integration. His keenness to learn is demonstrated by the fact that he wants to understand every aspect of everything he does, including the legislative requirements. Harley is now at a level where he can confidently attend sites and liaise with customers.

Women in Contracting Award

Rhea Felton - GreenElec
New South Wales

After leaving the corporate world 2 years ago, Rhea joined GreenElec to support the nontechnical operations of the company, including human resources, marketing, administration, accounting, and project management. Rhea has a fierce desire to nurture the staff within the company and support them to grow as professionals and forward thinkers in the electrical industry.
With post–graduate qualifications in Psychology and Social Health, Rhea is currently completing her Masters of Research, where she is collaborating on an international project on subjective well–being and individual empowerment. Prior to joining Greenlec, Rhea spent over 7 years working directly in human services roles supporting individuals craft their own path of success.

Commercial Project of the Year

Electric Results - Troy Smith
South Australia

Project: Flinders Medical Centre
Electric Results was awarded the project to refurbish the ward and upgrade to Cardiac Protected status under AS/NZS3003:2011 on 5 May and commenced 10 May 2017. The completion date was 30 June with no room for negotiation, as the ward was required for patient care on 1 July.
For this project, Electric Results was engaged as the head contractor with responsibility for managing the total scope of works and all trades on site, including their in–house electricians, building works, nurse call, structured cabling, medical gasses, biomedical engineers and hospital staff. Weekly meetings, total site safety and management of variations were all included in the list of responsibilities.
Through the use of a special contractor management tool made available by Master Electricians in beta format, they managed contractor inductions, documentation and licencing. They used the ME Safety platform extensively throughout this project and received a high performance rating by the client’s safety auditor for safety management and a commendation from the consulting engineer for this project.

Energy Efficiency Project of the Year

Assurance Solar & Electrical - Michael Payet
South Queensland

Project: St Michael’s College Caboolture
Assurance Solar was engaged by St Michael’s College to assist the school in identifying ways to reduce its electricity costs.  The electrical energy audit was conducted in accordance with AS/NZS 3598.1.2014 Energy Audits for Commercial Buildings and the comprehensive report revealed a number of energy saving strategies specifically designed for the school, based on their energy usage requirements, which were then implemented by Assurance Solar’s contracting team. The integrated project included a lighting upgrade to LEDs, power factor correction, two under 30kW solar PV Systems, dedicated timer circuits and a range of behavioral changes based on onsite observations. The project was completed on time and on budget and achieved significant savings for the school.

Residential Project of the Year

Argus Technologies - Robert Urpis

Project: Private Residence Black Rock
Argus Technologies was engaged to design, supply and install a comprehensive electrical, communication and automation system for a private residence in Melbourne’s bayside suburb of Black Rock. The home was a brand new four level dwelling, featuring a large open indoor living area, basement and rooftop deck, with a key element of the brief being to enable the owners to indulge in their love of music and entertaining, while maintaining a strong sense of security when both home and away. The home’s electrical architecture and system programming was designed to allow the home to grow and be flexible to the owners’ changing needs. Through the choice of well–engineered components and solid cabling, the home will always be ready to adapt through advancements in software and system hardware.

Industrial / Mining Project of the Year

Hitech Electrical Automation - Daniel Hall
South Queensland

Project: Switchboard Upgrade, Hanson Glass House Mountains Quarry
The project was to replace an electrical switch room, including main switchboards and MCC’s in an existing quarry built in the early 1990’s. Compliance improvements in relation to Australian Standards, QLD Mining Acts & Regulations and safety for personal working at site were at the forefront of design. Hitech’s responsibilities included design, engineering, construction, automation and commissioning. Safety highlights of the project were the introduction of multiple high–level controls to mitigate arc flash potential hazards, positive isolation indicators and a custom designed interactive guided isolation facility for plant isolations. Formal comments from the visiting mines electrical inspector included “The work that has been completed is considered to be amongst the best seen in the mining and quarrying industry”. 

Data Project of the Year

ComSpark - Chris Duncan
Western Australia

Project: Stirling Cross
ComSpark undertook the communication scope of the Stirling Cross Project, providing telephone, data and wireless access points. A design and construct project, ComSpark worked closely with suppliers to ensure a system that met the specification of the project. The project consisted of a 7 storey and 9 storey residential apartment towers and a 6 storey Quest Service Apartment. All three towers share a common ground floor, with retail, food and licensed venues to be opened on site. The towers and hotel are all NBN ready, with NBN fibre direct to all apartments in both residential towers and 10Gb Ethernet capable and Category 6A copper cabling within each residence. ComSpark completed their scope of works before the practical completion deadline and well before any other trade.