Master Electricians Australia unveil South QLD's best sparkies

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13 July 2018

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13/07/2018
Master Electricians Australia unveil South QLD’s best sparkies
An electrical job at Jupiters Casino valued at $17 million has taken home the South Queensland Master Electrician Commercial Project of the Year.
Joel Potter of SDF Electrical was on hand to receive the accolade at an awards ceremony this morning in Brisbane.
The project included over 150 different types of light fitting, more than 7,000 metres of LED strip light and was completed with no lost injury time or industrial disputes.
President Tony Arnold congratulated all the award winners and recognised the high calibre of entries in 2018 for South Queensland.
“Each and every one of these South Queensland winners has upheld the extremely high standards with regards to quality, safety and integrity that is expected from all Master Electricians,” Mr Arnold said.
“MEA has been astounded by the high calibre of entries received 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.”
Other winners included Arnold Electrical’s Oscar Darvill taking home the Apprentice of the Year award, and former financial manager Kym Norris winning the Women in Contracting gong.
The national finals will be held in Brisbane on November 24.
Tony Arnold, MEA CEO is available for interview. Please phone SAS Group on (07) 3221 9222 or 0467 792 013.
The full list of winners from the Master Electricians Australia South Queensland Excellence Awards
Master Electrician of the Year
Winner: Scott Sinclair – Fallon Solutions
Judges’ Comments:
Scott clearly demonstrated a passion for safety as his no. 1 priority to his customers of which there is over 30,000 every year.
A fully optimised service delivery model further ensures high customer satisfaction outcomes.
Scott has developed an energetic, engaged, accountable work force culture that has enabled Fallon Solutions to deliver guaranteed safety outcomes to his customer base.
Scott also made it very clear that this award was not his alone but an award to the entire Fallon Solutions Team.
Women in Contracting
Winner: Kym Norris – RPE Electrical
Judges’ Comments:
Kym has clearly had a profound effect on her business over the past 12mths.  She has lead change and introduced higher standards throughout the business by imbedding a lot of new process and procedures. Kim clearly has a passion for driving efficiency and continual improvement and is not afraid to challenge the norm, rather looking for and implementing continual improvement.
Legrand Apprentice of the Year
Winner: Oscar Darvill – Arnold Electrical and Data Instrumentation
Judges’ Comments:
Standout in every category, Oscar enjoys the challenging and different parts of the career he has chosen.
Oscar displays a great understanding of time management and the value of working together as a team to ensure the project is completed on time.
Oscar’s contagious enthusiasm extends from apprentices to project managers.
Electrician of the Year
Winner: Ben Skryzpa – Tradesmen on Time
Judges’ Comments:
Ben shows excellent passion for the industry and applies all his knowledge learnt over the years and engages at a high level with his diverse customer base.
He will go further in life if he could only tuck his shirt in. Well Done!!
Residential Project
Winner: Blackout Electrical Solutions
Judges’ Comments:
When looking at this project, if you were to compare apples to apples and scale of the job back to one of the same size, there was a high level of organisation with all trades working well.  The leadership, quality of workmanship and attention to detail was of the highest standard and industry leading.  All of this resulted in client satisfaction to a high degree that Kory Lazarus and the team who work with Blackout Electrical Services should be extremely proud of.
Commercial Project
Winner: Steve Flanagan – SDF Electrical
Judges’ Comments:
Three excellent Commercial Projects which made the judge’s decision very difficult and therefore the judges want to make special mention that all three projects were of a very high standard and all three companies should be commended.
However, there can be only one winner and the standout feature at the SDF Electrical Project was the way the Hotel/Casino was built with so many late design changes towards the end of the project and a shortened construction period yet with the stocking of trades and pressure to complete SDF still maintained a 6 star quality installation.
The project took 75,000 man hours, peaked at 80 staff and was completed without any LTI’s or industrial issues due to SDF utilising a very high standard safety program.
Energy Efficiency Project
Winner: Michael Reiken – Excel Power
Judges’ Comments:
The finalist in the Energy Efficiency Project of the year category presented innovative and exciting entries to the judges. In a competitive field of entrants, it was both pleasing and inspiring to see the high calibre of projects presented to the judging panel this year.
The judges were most impressed with potential future applications of the entries.
Michael Reiken of Excel Power delivered an off grid solar solution that showcased the future of self-contained, sustainable electricity production.
His system was developed to both train staff in off grid systems and educate customers on how these systems work. The expertly designed system displayed a high level of workmanship rarely seen today.
The ‘Steam Punk’ styling added to the visually spectacular system aimed at improving the understanding of how off grid systems work. This project is a beautiful blend of classic workmanship and the future off grid solar systems.
Industrial Project
Winner: Ryan Johnson – CEQ Australia
Judges’ Comments:
The Scriviner Dam Project stood out due to the completed scheduling aspects to the installation and the flexibility that was required to deal with the constant changing conditions. CEQ Australia’s ‘Safety in Design’ approach to the project provided minimalization of risk to both the environment and personnel on site.
CEQ was able to execute the project within the timeframe despite a number of challenges typical of a brownfield site which included:
  • An aging installation of over 50 years and the procurement of parts
  • Fluctuating dam Levels
  • Site clearing for dam wall operations, often at short notice
  • Continuous scope change
The success of the project can be attributed to the planning, preparation and consideration of all aspects of the project.
A worthy Winner.

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