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Two Airedale students shortlisted for RAC Student of the Year

Two Airedale students shortlisted for RAC Student of the Year

Date: 02nd September 2014  |   Posted by: Airedale Team  |   Posted in: Press release

Airedale Air Conditioning, Leeds, UK, September 2, 2014

Two of Airedale International’s young apprentices will be heading to London later this month hoping to pick up the title of 'RAC Student of the Year’.

Held in association with the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR), the awards recognise the achievements of the best up-and-coming engineers and serve to inspire other ambitious engineers.

Having recently achieved a BSc honours degree in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineering, Service Technical Support Engineer, Jamie Acs is the first Airedale apprentice to achieve this degree and the only student in his year to be awarded a first class classification. Jamie is an integral member of Airedale’s 55-strong service and spares division whose technical support staff and field service engineers provide 24/7 coverage to data centre, industrial, retail and public sector customers nationwide. This requires him to hold advanced technical knowledge in order to provide the highest levels of support to customers and site engineers. 

Test Engineer, David Strong, recently qualified with a foundation degree in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineering and holds a string of vocational NVQ and BTEC qualifications in mechanical and manufacturing engineering in addition to certifications in practical skills such as brazing, electrics and refrigeration handling, the latter all gained at Airedale’s CITB Construction Skills approved training centre in Leeds.

David has already been involved in a large number of ground-breaking projects including testing the highest capacity chiller Airedale has ever produced as well as the new TurboChill™ chiller with low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant R1234ze. He is also involved in end-of-line and witness testing final products at Airedale’s new R&D centre which is believed to be the largest test facility of its kind in the UK.

Both protégés attend the Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education on a day release basis, a 180 mile round trip from Leeds. They are among ten students nominated in this year’s awards which will be announced on 24 September.

Airedale currently employs twelve apprentices, eight in production and four in service. Jamie and David follow in the footsteps of fellow apprentice Danny Carter who won ‘Engineering Advanced Modern Apprentice of the Year’ with Leeds City College in 2011.   

For more information please visit the RAC website.

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