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IRTE Scottish Young Engineer of the Year

16th Aug 2017

Seven engineers took part in the annual Scottish Young Engineer of the Year in an eagerly anticipated event at Ayrshire College in Kilmarnock.

After a light buffet lunch, each contestant was shown around the tasks, before being tested on eight practical examinations in total, including on engine technology, steering systems and electronic diagnosis.

Jack Middleton of Ayrshire College won the first prize award, with Ryan Shah of New College Lanarkshire second and Michael Alam of Fife College third.

Taking part in the competition will set him up well for a career in engineering, according to award winner, Jack. He said: “It will be a great to have on my CV. The competition is very varied and it’s good to be tested in this way.”

All three winners were presented with various tool sets, donated by Ian Cunningham, owner of Cunningham Truck Parts, with the winner due to be presented with a plaque at the Transport News Scottish Rewards breakfast in November.

Added Jack: “I’ve learnt so much over the last few years. The jobs I’m doing each day at work have really helped me progress and the apprenticeship has taught me all I need to know to prepare me for the competition,” says Jack.

Sponsoring the event was Imperial Commercials, which brought a DAF tractor unit displayed at the event.

Joe Younger, Vice Chairman of the Scottish Development Group of the IRTE, said: “The standards in the competition are extremely high. The competition serves to demonstrate how technically capable these young engineers are, which is very encouraging. I must take this opportunity to thank the volunteers and college lecturers, without whom this competition would not be possible.”

Also competing were Sean Devine from Fife College, Ryan Craig from New College Lanarkshire, Andrew Cunningham from Imperial Commercials Cumbernauld and Chris Caig from Ayrshire College.

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