Shane Carmichael, M.AIRAH
In 2010, Shane Carmichael, M.AIRAH, earned an AIRAH Award in the Future Leader category. Since that time, he's achieved on his promise through contributions to AIRAH and professionally, formerly serving as President of AIRAH's NSW division and, now, as the general manager of Air Change.
He began working at the company in its early days, helping to grow its reputation as a manufacturer of innovative HVAC products and solutions.
In a 2015 interview in Ecolibrium, Carmichael told us that in five years he'd like to be "as passionate and involved in the HVAC industry as I am now."
So far, so good.
What brought you to the HVAC&R industry?
Although our industry can often feel small, it is one of the largest recruiters of young mechanical engineers. For me, finding work with a manufacturer was particularly appealing, as it offered exposure to a broad spectrum of roles and responsibilities.
How long have you been a member of AIRAH?
I have been a member of AIRAH for just over 15 years, since I initially entered the HVAC&R industry.
What's your favourite HVAC&R-related memory?
I have had many memorable moments over my career, though my favourites would be attending the AIRAH Awards galas, where the talent and hard work of the industry is put on display and recognised.
What's something everyone should know about you, your work, or the HVAC&R industry?
We can often fall into the trap of seeing the HVAC&R industry in terms of the smaller segments we belong to. However, our industry has an incredibly far-reaching scope –services consultants designing plantrooms; project managers of onsite installations; service and maintenance teams; estimators in the office; and store workers in factories picking parts. They are all integral to our industry’s success.
How do you see the HVAC&R industry developing over the next 100 years?
Even in the short to medium term, things such as COVID-19 and climate change are going to continually demand evolution in the HVAC&R industry. Our industry will need to grow and change to suit these demands of our changing world.