What brought you to the HVAC&R industry?
When I was in my final year of my undergraduate degree, I applied for a number of roles across various sectors. However, the variety of the work in the construction sector drew me to it, and given my mechanical engineering background, HVAC&R was the natural choice. I was lucky enough to be offered a position in NDY's graduate program.
How long have you been a member of AIRAH?
Around 15 years. I've been involved as a member; in a committee manner in both NSW and Victoria; as a board member; and the National President.
What's your favourite HVAC&R-related memory?
There are many, but my favourite would have to be when the central plant was commissioned and put into operation on my first major project that I designed as a lead engineer.
The most interesting memory would have to be the day I was standing in a plant room next to a couple of old compressors and one of them out nowhere made an almighty "bang"and proceeded to throw a rod out the side of the block.
What's something everyone should know about you, your work, or the HVAC&R industry?
It's a great industry to get involved in, with some really unique people and projects to get involved with. The variety of the experiences you can get can really help to build a strong career in either a technical stream, a projects/project management stream, a team leadership stream or a business management stream. The choice is yours.
How do you see the HVAC&R industry developing over the next 100 years?
Hard to say where we will be in 100 years, other than it's a guarantee that things will be vastly different to what they are now. The two major drivers that are now setting the course for the industry are digitisation/AI and net zero energy. Over the course of the next 100 years we will be doing more with less, and achieving better outcomes for people and the planet. That has to be a good thing.
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